March 18 update

Special 10th anniversary celebration activities for teams:

As an attending team you will be involved in the 24 March opening ceremonies Friday morning at 8:00 am. Coaches should ID a team representative or yourself to be in place at the South entrance to the playing field in the arena at 7:45 am. At the end of the Friday pm awards session each team will receive an eatable gift for all team members as a part of the 10th anniversary celebration.

Chairman’s Award Exchange & Chat activity Thursday:

The Exchange can be located on the 2nd floor in room 11. The room will be available from 10:30 am thru Lunch on Thursday. If you want practice your presentation or talk about the Chairman’s Award process come on up. Use the South elevators and walk down the West hallway to get to the room.

Unified robotics informational workshop Thursday:

Unified Flyer

UNIFIED ROBOTICS is a program open to students with Intellectual Disabilities and a variety of learning challenges, bringing the world of STEM and robotics to high school students with special needs during a 6-week after school program. The presentation stars at 2 pm and is located on the 2nd floor East hallway. Use the South elevators and turn right to the East hallway.

Regional Choir:

Two team members, coaches, or team leader interested in being on the Regional Choir should report to the South end of the arena floor on Thursday at 11 am. We hope to have a 60 person choir to sing the national anthem Saturday Morning.

Concession stand special:

Just as last year, the pit area concession stand will be offering a special meal package. You will receive wristbands for your team at the time of check in. Below is a quote from event caterer:

We will offer a hot dog, bag of chips, and fountain soda for $6.00 plus tax for students participating in the FIRST Robotics competition. This can only be found at the concession stand inside of exhibit hall 3 during the event. …..this should be honored for any student in the competition who is wearing the OK FIRST Regional wristband.

Student Ambassador form:

The Oklahoma Regional Planning Committee (RPC) is asking each team attending the Oklahoma Regional March 26-28 to identify one FRC team member to serve as an ambassador for FIRST during the competition (23-25). Fill out this form and send the form to Jack Sellers at sellersj@swbell.net.

Girls reception sponsored by SWE

Register here
Download 2017 SWE FIRST Reception Flyer

Be sure to register your female team members for the reception. At 3-4:30 pm on the FIRST Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Reception honors female FIRST robotics competition participants for their persistence in a STEM program. The reception provides an opportunity for the young women to learn more about engineering and technical careers from professionals.

 Webcast:

A webcast of the OK Regional will go live at 8:00 am Friday 24 March check “the blue alliance” on Thursday for the actual link. http://www.thebluealliance.com/

Public Schedule

Download: 2017 OK Regional Agenda

Registration and forms:

Print out your team roster in TIMS and gather paper copies of Consent and Release forms for any team members who did not complete the Consent and Release form on line. See attached Paper consent form.

Battery Recycling

Download the FRC2395 battery recycle flyer

Team 2395 will be testing and recycling old batteries.

“Le’go Your Lego” donation challenge activity:

View the Lego Drive Oklahoma Regional flyer from 2341 the Sprockets for more details.

Hotel link:

Here is the link to the website: https://mmxreservations.com/fer/#/oklahoma?pageCode=FIRST

Robot drop off and pit set up:

Drivers of robot drop-off vehicles – You will have challenges this year (2017) – There is a NBA Thunder Basketball game Wednesday pm and Reno will be closed to traffic. This year you can drop off robot and pit supplies at three (3) locations identified on the map.

Location # 1 & # 2 are pull-thru lanes on Sheridan Ave. on the North side of the OKC-Cox convention Center building. You should just drop off the pit material and robot and move out, park and then move robot and pit supplies thru the hallway to your assigned pit and set up.

Location # 3a and 3b; get in the right North bound lane of Robinson Ave, stop at the Reno Ave light (#3a) and wait to be directed to load-in door (#3b). Drive thru garage door, drop off the pit material and robot and move out, park and then move robot and pit supplies to your assigned pit and set up.

Wednesday pm 25 March (this is an optional activity)

  1. You must include the signed Robot Lock-up Form.
  2. Read and follow the “Early Load-In with Set-up Option
  3. No work on the robot is allowed at this time. Robots must remain bagged until Thursday morning at a time designated by Pit Admin.

Thursday 24 March

  1. Robot load-in starts at 7:45 AM and ends at 8:30 AM. During this time five (5) team members (one of the three must be an adult) may carry tools, equipment, parts and pit setups to their pit area and begin setting up their pits. The bagged and tagged robot must be included in this trip along with the Robot Lock-up Form.
  2. Bagged robots must be inspected at the load-in door before proceeding to the pit area.

See “Robot drop-off route-free parking ” PDF.

Pit Map

Download the pit map: 2017 FRC OK Pit map

Parking pass for a special surface lot near the Cox Convention Center

Download surface lot pass

A sponsor who owns a surface parking lots has provided one (1) lot for our partial use. Wednesday Thursday, Friday Saturday only. You can park busses, vans, trailers, trucks, cars. This lot is not very secure over night, so if you do leave you vehicle in the lot be sure it is empty of valuable material. Trailers should be locked to a vehicle or the wheels “booted”.

An attendant may be on duty and will want part of your surface parking pass. Print the attached parking passes (2) and cut apart as needed. Snip the area for each tear off so you can easily tear off a tab for the attendant. Hang remaining pass on rearview mirror or place in view on dash board. DO NOT Park in the other two lots (even though they may look empty). The NBA Thunder games are using those lots.

Put these passes in your bus/van. Alert parents, relatives, administrators, just in case they cannot find parking

NOTE: This pass does not work in the underground lot below the Cox Center and does NOT work in any of the other garages or surface lots.

Reminders

What to do before you leave for your first event