Dear FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams,

I am writing to share the hugely disappointing news that, as a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and at the direction of our host, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York Tech Valley Regional on March 11-14 has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our community in mind. The new dates for the New York Tech Valley Regional have not yet been set.

We recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for this event and we regret having to share such disappointing news. FIRST® team support can help your team identify alternative events and can be reached at customerservice@firstinspires.org.

As Regional Director, this is difficult news for me to share. I was looking forward to seeing you all, watching you compete and hearing your stories of challenges and success. I know that you are frustrated. I know that you have questions. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are all doing our best to make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest both on and off the field of play. I promise that I will share information with you as it is shared with me.

Keep building. Keep learning. Keep meeting. Keep inspiring.

Best,

Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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Ballston Spa National Bank

"At BSNB, we value educational programs that prepare students for the workplace. As a long-standing sponsor of the FIRST Robotics program in the Ballston Spa Central School District, we’re investing in our future leaders and innovators as well as the future economic success of our region."

Christopher R. Dowd, President and CEO of Ballston Spa National Bank

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The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

"The New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition presents a unique and challenging opportunity to engage and inspire young individuals in the fields of science, engineering and technology, providing valuable problem-solving, leadership and communications skills for our future workforce and business leaders of tomorrow. The Business Council is a proud supporter of the New York Technology FIRST Robotics Competition."

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President & CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

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The Center for Economic Growth

"The Center for Economic Growth is proud of all the FIRST Robotics students for truly putting the "tech" in Tech Valley. This is an important program for cultivating the talent and passion of our youth for STEM learning, and a valuable experience for those who will ultimately go on to rewarding careers in the region's fast-growing advanced technology industries."

Jeffrey A. Lawrence, Executive Vice President for Technology, Center for Economic Growth

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General Electric

"Wow! I was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm at the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. It was a proud moment for GE to be a sponsor of this event. In addition, GE is also proud of the four great teams that we are actively engaged with and thankful to the GE Volunteers who help those teams. FIRST Robotics gives students a valuable opportunity to learn, collaborate and set a foundation for a lifelong pursuit of science and technology."

Dr. Mark Little, GE Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of
GE Global Research

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Hudson Valley Community College

"There is no doubt that STEM education is essential for today’s students contemplating tomorrow’s careers. The FIRST Robotics competition makes that first encounter with STEM engaging and fun, while helping students see the real world applications to their classroom learning and develop new teamwork skills. Hudson Valley Community College is proud to partner with the FIRST organization and dedicated to the partnership that we formed several years ago."

Drew Matonak, President of Hudson Valley Community College

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National Grid

"National Grid is committed to focusing a significant portion of its community investment on building a qualified and successful engineering workforce. ’Engineering our Future’ is National Grid’s signature program in a long term strategy to positively affect the attitudes of young people, their parents and teachers toward a career choice of engineering.

The New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition is one way to encourage students to explore fields of study and careers that focus on STEM . We are so proud of all of the teams and especially the teams that National Grid sponsors—Albany High Falcons, Man O’War Robotics (Cambridge), Schenectady Patriots, Schuylerville Robotics and TroyBotics (Troy)."

William J. Flaherty, Director, Customer and Community Management, National Grid

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Shenendehowa Central School District

"At Shenendehowa, engagement with technology isn’t so much about what technology, as it is about what is allowed to be done with technology. The goal is to have technology in school replicate ways technology enhances life (productivity, access to information). It is about leveraging the capacity of technology to enhance the experience and achievement of our students. Students involvement in FIRST Robotics is the perfect alignment of HOW we teach with the way students LEARN...ensures rigor, relevance, and relationship…transforming rhetoric into reality.”

Dr. L. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent of Schools, Shenendehowa Central School District

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