I thought it was tomorrow, and I could have sworn I read that filling out the application, but the application page says: “NASA will review submitted applications and inform teams of their selection via the NASA Robotics Alliance Project web site (http://robotics.nasa.gov) no later than Monday, 19 November 2007.”
Now, I go to that link and there is no place to sign in or check a list that I’m seeing. So yeah. Anyone know anything, or am I just missing something really obvious?
Well one thing is that it is not the 19th yet and even if it was they might not post until Close of Business on that day. The additional time for California teams might have an influence, but it only applies to teams in the most affected areas and there are only a few of those. I did hear of one team that had their application in a laptop that was in a building that burned, so they had to redo it from scratch. But no number or location was given so it might just be hearsay.
The real issue is that, at least here on the West Coast, the group that does the evaluations has been innundated. I heard that they recieved at least twice as many applications as they expected. So the percentage of requests that are filled will drop dramatically this year. I am sure that the poor guys and gals that have to make the decisions are sweating over this right now.
There are other indicators, like a drop in the number of multi-regional teams, that indicate this is a really tough year for all teams. If your team has ever thought about hosting an off-season event, this might be a great year to start. If you are in Southern California and want to do so please contact me via e-mail. There is more help available than you might think.
It says “no later than Monday, 19 November 2007.” Which means we still have 29 hours, 47 minutes to go (since the application period extended until the end of the day Hawaiian time, the response period will as well ).
Its answers like this that scare me soo much about FIRST. As kick-off gets closer and closer, I can see myself watching the NASA TV telecast and Dave coming on and saying,
“Thanks for tuning in guys, unfortunately we still have five more hours until it is the proper time in Alaska/Hawaii so that we can start! Don’t go anywhere though because who knows, maybe we’ll start at Pacific time or Mountain time, it all depends on how long it takes me to get to the nearest KK and grab some breakfast!!”
The NASA application for FIRST Robotics Competition sponsorship is now closed. The application directions page remains available for informational purposes. NOTICE: The list of sponsorship recipients will be posted here as soon as they are available.
What time zone is that? For the deadline they used Hawaiian time. I guess that means there wont be anything until 0500 EST. Besides, reading the Scarlet letter isn’t exactly as suspenseful as a NASA grant…