2021-22 Season Argosy Rookie Grant
Opportunity Goals and Objectives: The goal of this opportunity is to recruit and establish 3 new FRC rookie teams for the FIRST Idaho FRC Program for the 2021-22 season. This is the high school level (ages 14-18) with task-oriented industrial robots weighing up to 150 lbs.

Funding Schedule:

Open: October 1, 2021
Close: November 5, 2021
Award Date: November 12, 2021
Program Manager: Lisa Lalliss-Skogsberg, Regional Director

Max Funding per Award:
$6,000 per team FIRST 2022 season registration
$1,500 coaches’ stipend ($1,000 lead mentor, $500 assistant mentor) at the completion of the season.
$1,500 travel (travel, housing, food) for the Idaho Regional FRC Robotics Competition at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, March 31-April 2, 2022.
$5,000 registration for one team: Idaho Regional All-Star Rookie Award to Houston Championships in April.

Anticipated # of Awards:
3 teams in Idaho

Program Partners:
Argosy Foundation
FIRST® Idaho Regional Robotics, Inc.
FIRST® Idaho Regional FRC Competition.

Program Requirements: 2 mentors with engineering and software programming background of some type, build space, basic machine shop equipment (drills, saws, rivet guns and rivets, electrical tools, basic hand tools, etc.), a few community mentors with professional backgrounds or parents to assist, regular learning sessions (this will increase closer to build season after Competition Kick off January 8th), bi-weekly check-in requirement with FIRST Idaho leadership, participation in live build sessions on Discord this fall (these are weekly and will be set based on availability of awarded teams' schedule), and willingness to ask for and accept assistance along the way. Build season does require a time commitment, with multiple days per week needed, to build a robot in a short timeframe to compete.

Brief Description of FIRST FRC Robotics Competition:
The Ultimate Sport for the Mind!

Under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams of high school students (ages 14-18) are challenged to build industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams, while also fundraising to meet their goals, designing a team “brand,” and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community. These students work closely with volunteer professional mentors and educators who lend their time and talents to guide each team and learn skills necessary to build a robot to compete within the game theme each season. Skills include, but are not limited to, programming, electrical, mechanical, scouting and strategy, business development and fundraising, public relations, and community involvement, as well as learning to work well with others. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas in April.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

This year is a GREAT year to start a robotics team under the FIRST® program!

More information about our Regional event and the FIRST programs can be found at www.idahofrcregional.org or https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc.

"We're not using kids to build robots. We're using robots to build kids." Dean Kamen, inventor and creator of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

If you are interested in creating a team, have someone you'd like us to contact, or suggestions please contact Lisa Lalliss-Skogsberg, Regional Director FIRST Idaho at (208) 884-1889 or email at lisa_lalliss_skogsberg@msn.com.
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