The situation with the COVID-19 virus is unprecedented, and I am so impressed with the way that everyone has banded together. I want to thank all FIRST Canada staff and provincial FIRST staff members for their hard work in general, but especially over the last few weeks. It makes me proud to be a part of the FIRST community. Although I am heart-broken that our FIRST Robotics Competition events have been cancelled and that globally all FIRST programs are on hold, I know that as a community we will continue to support each other virtually.
We know the safety of our students, mentors, teachers, volunteers and spectators is our number one priority. FIRST Canada staff are working diligently and exploring options for additional team play and opportunities for our wonderful FIRST community to get together. As you can imagine, there are still many unknowns, and unfortunately, we have no way of predicting when this situation will subside. It is crucial for our community and, indeed, everyone at this time to be following the guidance of the medical science experts.
Please stay tuned to our social media as any activities or upcoming online gatherings will be posted there. I’d encourage you to take part in these online activities and keep connecting with your FIRST community. I realize there are many questions, so we have created a FAQ, found here, to start to address them. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available.
I’d ask that during this time, we as a FIRST community lead the way in helping others. Reach out and offer help to people in need, as this is the true spirit of FIRST.
In closing, at FIRST, we have one of the strongest and most caring communities in the world. Let’s not forget that. Let’s help others through this challenging time and help those in our communities who need it. Let’s stay connected and hopeful for the future and look forward to the next time; we will be able to gather and once again celebrate with each other.
Take care of yourself and those around you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
What's going to happen with the Woodie Flowers and Dean's List Awards?
Will there be events teams can go to if the situation gets better with COVID-19?
Will there be virtual judging for awards?
What happens to district event Chairman's winners?
Do teams that qualify for World's this year, qualify for World's next year?
Will awards like Chairman's still continue online?
Who made the decision to cancel the season?
Does this mean the Girls and Allies in FIRST Weekend is also cancelled?
Will there be a chance to get back the time we are losing so our robots get to be used for a pseudo season?
Will my team get a refund?
What can my team do to keep our spirits up?
Updated: March 16, 2020