FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Single-Day Event Plans, Digital Animation Award, and Safety Animation Reminder

Nov 23, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition




Single-Day Event Plans

As mentioned in this blog, some areas are hosting Single-Day Events due to local conditions. We wanted to share additional information about what these events look like, although local leadership may make tweaks. Check out the Single-Day Event Plans document for more details including a sample schedule and information about judging and district points.

Digital Animation Award

Submissions for the Digital Animation Award are now open. Check out the Digital Animation Award webpage for all of the details. We can’t wait to see your animations for this year’s theme: Fast Forward – Transportation. Teams have until January 27th at noon ET to submit their animation. A big thanks to our friends at for sponsoring and judging this award!

Safety Animation Award Reminder

Speaking of animations, don’t forget that the Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL is due in just over one week. Animations must be submitted by Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 3:00pm ET. Check out this year’s theme and submission requirements and learn how to submit on the Safety webpage.

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Hi Frank, I think the link for the digital animation award is restricted from public access.

So sorry about that! We think we've fixed it, but let us know if you're still having issues. 

Animation link goes to a dead page.

So sorry about that! We think we've fixed it, but let us know if you're still having issues. 

Hi, I am a parent of 2 seniors in the FIRST robotics program, and I wanted to ask if spectators can be allowed to view the competitions going forward.  I know the current policy, updated Feb 8, does not allow for spectators, but as most of the country is lifting mask mandates and easing other COVID restrictions, I'd like to suggest FIRST could ease this restriction as well.  I would love to be able to see at least one live event.  


If there is another, more appropriate place to raise this question, please let me know.


Katie Goeke

Health and safety measures are driven by local authorities and their guidelines and implemented through leadership in the area (for example, the Program Delivery Partner). We recommend you share your thoughts with the coordinators in your region

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