2019 IRI Update – Charity, Rules, ZEBRAs, Mentor Matches, Scholarships and MORE!

Updates for the 2019 IRI –

THIS IS IRI 20!
We are excited for the 20th edition of the Indiana Robotics Invitational! This will be our biggest and best yet!

IRI CHARITY –
We have all been touched and impacted by the tragedy at STEM School Highlands Ranch, home of Kendrick Castillo and Team 4418 Impulse. Our goal is to raise at least $5000 and pay the initial entry feee for the 2020 FIRST Season for Team 4418, to let them know the entire IRI community is with them and supporting them during their challenges. Funds raised above this level will support the campaign that was set up by FIRST.

RULE CHANGES –
No changes to basic game play rules.
Only regular season FIRST legal components may be used.
+5 pounds weight allowance.
No formal inspection, however a referee or event lead may request an inspection if deemed necessary.
Elimination Alliances are 4 teams. Teams may play / not play based on the decisions of the alliance captain.
Draft order is 1-8, 1-8, 8-1.

NEW ITEM –
ALL Teams must allow ZEBRA Technologies to place 2 RF tags on their robot. This will allow real time robot tracking and will be used during the RSN live webcast to identify robots on the screen.

MENTOR MATCHES –
Once again, their will be Mentor Matches during Friday Night (these DO NOT count towards team ranking). Details are being worked, however, there will be an entry fee, alliance captain positions will be auctioned, and students will be drive coaches, referee helpers and take other key roles. 100% of all funds raised will support the IRI Charities. Driver, Operator and Human Player must have graduated high school BEFORE July 2018.

IRI CHARITY AUCTION –
Bring your FIRST, Team and Robot Related items for the Silent Auction! Bidding will be open Friday and through about 1 PM on Saturday. Cash and Checks are preferred, Cards can be accepted.

IRI T-SHIRTS –
Limited Edition 2019 IRI T-Shirts will be available at the event. First Come, First Served. We also have a few 2018 Shirts available.

SCHOLARSHIPS! –
We will have at least 4 scholarships available, 3 Open and 1 Teaching. Each scholarship is $2000. Look for details in a separate posting. Application deadline will be July 1. Thank you to INNOVATION FIRST, AndyMark, Rolls-Royce, the Marcia Beatty Foundation and the IRI Host Teams for sponsorship of these scholarships.

IRI LIVE! –
Once Again, we will be hosting IRI Live with RSN. Watch for more details.

TEAM DINNER –
Friday night all teams are invited to “stay for dinner”. What’s the menu? How about Fried Chicken, Corn Dogs, Mac & Cheese, BBQ Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Biscuits with Apple Butter?

CONCESSIONS and CORN! –
There will be concessions available with some food items available for pre-order. Watch for details in your team packet and during announcements. And, there will be FRESH CORN ON THE COB, grilled to perfection!

BLOOD DRIVE –
With all of these healthy food options, your should be “pumped” to give a pint of blood to support the Indiana Blood Center. Watch for details to sign up in advance, or the day of.

TEAMS! –
We have 68 Teams who have accepted the invitation and are ready to compete at the IRI. The list will be posted in a separate thread.

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