COVID-19 Updates

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An update from our coaches

Hello Students and Mentors,

Out of an abundance of caution and in line with what we are seeing across the community and nation, we coaches have made the difficult decision to suspend robotics activities until further notice.

With the urgency off the team due to all FIRST competitions being suspended/postponed, we feel it is an unnecessary risk to students as well as coaches and mentors to continue working in close proximity at this time.

We are monitoring the situation and when we believe it is safe and warranted, will restart activities. This will no doubt disappoint students who have worked so very hard this year, but please know that we have their best interests in mind, as well as those of our broader community.Thank you for your understanding!

Benjamin Snead Neil Anderson

CTE Teacher/Robotics Coach Robotics Coach Mentor

Recent update from FIRST and FIRST NC

UPDATE: March 12, 2020


Dear friends, colleagues & partners,

It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours. The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.

This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.

The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.


Larry Cohen (President of FIRST)

"We know that you and your team will have many, many questions on what’s next. Please give FIRST HQ and FIRST NC a few weeks to sort things out to learn how we can best meet the needs of our teams, students, volunteers and parents.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during these strange times."

Marie Hopper (President FIRST North Carolina)


As a global robotics community that prepares young people for the future, FIRST® is committed to continuing our efforts to give students the skills and confidence they need to change the world – today and tomorrow.

During this challenging time, we know there’s a lot of information coming at you very fast, from many directions, about how to keep students engaged. To help, we’ve created a place where you can learn about opportunities for online learning/skills development, FIRST supported activities, and provide a place to stay connected to the FIRST community during this global pandemic. (FIRSTinspires)

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