Dear FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams,

I am writing to share the hugely disappointing news that, as a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and at the direction of our host, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York Tech Valley Regional on March 11-14 has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our community in mind. The new dates for the New York Tech Valley Regional have not yet been set.

We recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for this event and we regret having to share such disappointing news. FIRST® team support can help your team identify alternative events and can be reached at customerservice@firstinspires.org.

As Regional Director, this is difficult news for me to share. I was looking forward to seeing you all, watching you compete and hearing your stories of challenges and success. I know that you are frustrated. I know that you have questions. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are all doing our best to make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest both on and off the field of play. I promise that I will share information with you as it is shared with me.

Keep building. Keep learning. Keep meeting. Keep inspiring.

Best,

Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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Team 20 | The Rocketeers – Clifton Park, New York

Team 145 | T-Rx – Norwich, New York

Team 195 | Cyber Knights – Southington, Connecticut

Team 229 | Division By Zero – Potsdam, New York

Team 250 | Dynamos – Colonie, New York

Team 333 | Megaladons – Brooklyn, New York

Team 358 | Robotic Eagles – Hauppauge, New York

Team 514 | Miller Place Robotics – Miller Place, New York

Team 1493 | Falcons – Albany, New York

Team 1665 | Weapons of Mass Construction – Hudson, New York

Team 2791 | Shaker Robotics – Latham, New York

Team 3044 | 0xBE4 – Ballston Spa, New York

Team 3117 | Harfangs – Sherbrooke, Québec

Team 3550 | Robotronix – Lasalle, Québec

Team 3624 | ThunderColts – Huntington Station, New York

Team 3986 | Express-O – Saint-Laurent, Québec

Team 3990 | Tech for Kids – Montréal, Québec

Team 4083 | The Iron Wolverines – Dorchester, South Carolina

Team 4203 | RoboKronos – Oneonta, New York

Team 4458 | Infernobotix – Center Moriches, New York

Team 4508 | Steel Stallions – Schuylerville, New York

Team 5123 | Mechadogs – Yonkers, New York

Team 5149 | TroyBotics – Troy, New York

Team 5236 | Man O' War Robotics – Cambridge, New York

Team 5240 | Udder Chaos – Potsdam, New York

Team 5585 | Blood, Sweat & Gears – Edmeston, New York

Team 5881 | TVHS Dragons – Albany, New York

Team 5943 | The Bad News Gears – Carmel, New York

Team 5952 | RoBuck – Verdun, Québec

Team 5964 | The Praetorians – Voorheesville, New York

Team 6024 | R Factor – Mumbai, India

Team 6300 | Northwood School Robotics – Lake Placid, New York

Team 6459 | AG Robotik – Istanbul, Turkey

Team 6463 | Ulster BOCES – Port Ewen, New York

Team 6484 | Greenwich Robotics – Greenwich, New York

Team 6621 | Artemis Robotics Team (ART) – Chatham, New York