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E-Mail From Regional Director


We are back!!!  Can you believe it?  It looks like we are on for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Finger Lakes Regional event March 10-12th at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

I can’t possibly express how happy we are to welcome you back to in-person FRC events.  Before we can open the doors, we have some business to take care of and some information to pass along.

RIT will be enforcing their strict, vaccine-only, COVID protocol.  Information on this can be found on their website under RIT Ready.

RIT has been a long-time host of our event.  We respect their efforts to keep their campus community safe as we navigate through this pandemic.  I ask that we all show our gracious professionalism as we work through this process with them.

Event information including the public agenda, parking information, load-in/load-out instructions, and pre-order lunches can all be found on the RIT FIRST Robotics webpage.

I was with many of you on March 13, 2020, at RIT when our event was halted.  It was a painful day and the beginning of a very long road for all of us.  Many of us have been ill, lost loved ones, lost opportunities, and felt isolated.  Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate what we have now, to appreciate being together, to protect each other, and to enjoy the hardest fun you’ll ever have.

I can not wait to see you!

With admiration and excitement,

Janice Martino

Regional Director, FIRST® 

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology