Greetings from FIRST,
We want you to be among the “FIRST” to mark your calendar:
The 2009 FIRST Championship will be held once more at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA, on April 16-18, 2009.
We have recently returned from our best FIRST Championship ever! This season’s finale featured 340 FIRST Robotics Competition high-school teams, 108 FIRST Tech Challenge high-school aged teams, 82 FIRST LEGO League World Festival middle-school teams, 6 Junior FIRST LEGO League demonstration teams, and their mentors, teachers, families and FIRST fans.
The event was wonderfully attended by many of our sponsors, suppliers, and scholarship donors, along with hundreds of dedicated mentors, volunteers and team supporters. It was an extraordinary weekend filled with energy, teamwork, and gracious professionalism! Until you’ve experienced it, you can’t imagine how much excitement math, science, engineering and technology can generate in over 20,000 attendees from all over the world.
To add to the excitement, FIRST was grateful to have Former President George H. W. Bush and Governor Sonny Purdue of Georgia speak at our Opening Ceremonies. Governor Linda Lingle of Hawai’i also attended for the entire event, supporting FIRST throughout the Championship activities!
If you’ve experienced it, you’ll want to see more. If you’ve never experienced it, you really need to see what you’re missing, so PLEASE SAVE THE DATE AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES ABOUT FIRST. Remember, viewing any of our competitions is free and open to the public. Schedules for upcoming events will be posted on our website at www.usfirst.org, as they are finalized in the late summer and early fall.
We look forward to seeing you during the 2008-2009 season,
I’m not sure if it was just a typo, or you misread it. It’s “once more”, as in, “it will be held again” [at the Georgia Dome]. Not “one more” time, as in it’s the last time. I don’t think they were meaning that it’s going to move.
From what I was able to gather in ATL, 2009 and 2010 were option years on the contract, when 2009 was signed that made 2010 the option year and the dates were secured. I do believe that 2010 is not a firm commitment and could be changed.
I was able to talk to a couple of people from the planning committee while we were in ATL. They said that 2008 was the final year on the contract and that 09 and 10 were optional. They were looking for a central location, more convienent for everyone to get to. They really wanted to try and hold the Championships in Kansas City for 09’, but it looks like they weren’t able to get that done in time.
As much as I love your predictions, I know its probably not going to start on January 10th.
To have a week 6 regional and then actually 4 days later have to unpack at championships, its too close of a time frame. Also, based on the last two years of the NYC regional being Friday-Sunday, might actually be April 10-12, 2009.
I can see as they add more regionals, having a later CMP date, but with that already announced, kickoff will be January 3rd. No vacation for us again.
That’s interesting. The last time that Kickoff would have landed on the 3rd (2004) it was pushed back a week to the 10th. I suppose the addition of a 6th week of regionals plus the earlier-than-usual Championship date makes this necessary.
I’m almost 93.59% sure it will be the 2nd week of Regional competition.
Again, NYC will be a mini-championship with FRC, FTC and FLL under the same roof. We are also looking at the possibility of two fields for 2009.
now you really got our thoughts flowing my students saw your post also.
We were already planning NJ week 1 again, so, NYC week 2 would be very enticing.
Get to see Wayne P. go from MC to field coach in back to back weeks.
This will create a lot of offseason debate for our team on what to do…
I didn’t get to see Wayne do this back to back but I saw Wayne emcee at the inaugural OKC Regional and then I watched him coach on Curie and on Einstein this year. I’m not sure I’ve fully recovered from the experience - hopefully, I will by 2009.