**FRC Team Load-In for the 2016 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO is only 19 days away!
Written by Krista Pratt, 2016 APR 08
Thanks to the very generous support of FedEx, all FIRST Robotics Competition teams attending the *FIRST *Championship will have their robots shipped to St. Louis and are able to have their robot shipped home to them at no charge. With the logistical challenge of returning 600 robots to each team at the end of the event, please be aware that the return of robots after the *FIRST *Championship could take up to 4-8 weeks because of the sheer volume and the fact that this is donated freight services. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the return of your robot by a particular date.
We understand that this is concerning for teams attending an off season event in May or early June. If you need your robot by a particular date that is close to end of the Championship event, we strongly recommend that you make other arrangements for the return of your robot. If your team has the ability to transport your robot home, please fill out the Robot Removal Request form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2016.
Teams also have the option to pay to ship their robot home through Shepard Exposition Services. SES can ship your robot and tool crate anywhere in the United States and parts of Canada in under two weeks. Please contact SES at 888-568-8858 or email email@example.com for a quote, and use Event Code T101500416.
We look forward to seeing the participating teams in St. Louis.
For those of us in districts, FiM in particular, does this mean we have to build or borrow a create for shipping? We have never attended Nationals but there is a possibility this year since qualifying for MSC. If so, or if this is true for a new regional team, does someone know the scoop (instructions) on making a crate that FEDEX accepts for shipping?