Kit of Parts

 

Each season, FIRST Robotics Competition teams receive Kits of Parts (KoP). The KoP is not designed to be a "bolt together" solution to play the game, but is a starting point, containing mostly donated components from Suppliers across multiple industries.

FIRST Robotics Competition Suppliers are an incredibly supportive group who are proud to be involved in the hardest fun you'll ever have! Be sure to thank them when you see them at our events!

The KoP System consists of three parts, available to teams through a variety of sources.

Kickoff Kit

FIRST Choice

Virtual Kit

 

Kit of Parts overview

 

 

2019 Kit of Parts Timeline


Kickoff Kit Detail

A box of parts delivered to teams at the start of the season...

The Kickoff Kit consists of items that we pack in totes (mostly in totes, there are typically exceptions for late or big items) and distributed to teams on Kickoff at local Kickoff sites (or for those teams that don't make it to a Kickoff, shipped directly to the team at the team's expense, aka MySite shipping).

There are two permutations of this: one set of items that go to all teams and a second set of items that goes to 1st year, aka “rookie,” teams.

Drive Base Opt Out

"Event ready" veteran teams are invited to opt-out of the Kickoff Kits' drive base kit and instead receive a voucher to AndyMark. Information is here, instructions are here, and the deadline is October 9, 2018. 

Kickoff Kit: Size & Weight

Check back in December, 2018 for a deliberately vague “heads up” with to what kind of sizes, weights to expect for Kickoff Kit elements.

Checklists

Kickoff Kit contents are detailed in the Checklists. Encrypted versions will be posted right before the 2019 Kickoff.  

Missing or Damaged Kickoff Kit Items

Teams are strongly encouraged to check their Kickoff Kits and their contents upon receipt. In order for any missing or damaged items to be replaced by FIRST, Teams must submit a Replacement Parts Request by Noon Eastern on Friday, January 11, 2019. For questions about Replacement Parts, please contact frcparts@firstinspires.org

 

 


FIRST Choice

Items available via an online menu in exchange for credits issued to all teams...

 

 

Teams get items from FIRST Choice using either the Priority List system in Rounds 1 and 2 or via a traditional "open" ordering process. 

The 2019 FIRST Choice process is detailed in a flow chart here

Priority Lists

FIRST and AndyMark use a prioirty list system, similar to the event preferencing system, to invite teams to indicate what they'd like and distribute items in a way that doesn't result in a mad cyber rush to get to high value inventory that a typical first-come, first-serve model does.

Here's how it works:

  1. Each team makes a list & updates shipping detail. A team creates a Priority List (a prioritized list of FIRST Choice items that a team would like) in their FIRST Choice account, and the lists are locked at a specific time/date (see timeline above). Shipping charges will apply (details to be posted on the FIRST Choice site before Priority Lists are locked), and a billing address, a shipping address, and credit card information must be provided before creating your Priority List. Additional charges may apply for international teams, for which the team is responsible, and AndyMark will address on a case by case basis.
    • Login information for the FIRST Choice site will be posted in each team’s registration account when Round 1 opens and will be viewable by lead mentors 1 and 2. 
    • Only event-registered or secured FIRST Robotics Competition teams will have access to their login information, and thus only event-registered teams will be able to create and submit a Priority List.
    • Priority Lists will be created using (and only accepted via) the Priority List feature on the FIRST Choice site.
    • Priority Lists are saved each time the user clicks “Update,” letting teams add, subtract, and re-prioritize items until the deadline.
    • Upon the deadline, any existing Priority Lists are locked, processed, and no additional changes may be made (we strongly encourage you complete your list at least a day before the due date to avoid unexpected delays or surprises).
    • If you feel overwhelmed by the options, there are sample lists like “pneumatics” or “vision” available for quick selection. You can select a sample list for your priority list – or use it to get started and edit/customize as you see fit. Caution though, when you select one it will wipe an existing list and start fresh.
    • Any priority list submitted by a team that has not secured first-event registration payment with FIRST by noon (eastern time), Dec. 5, 2018 will be discarded before lists are ported in to the auto draft system (please anticipate at least one business day for registration payment to be processed and the updated status to be relayed to AndyMark).
  2. AndyMark randomly ranks lists. After lists are locked, each list with at least one item is assigned a random rank (the order in which individual teams complete their Priority Lists before the deadline does not affect their rank). 
  3. Items are assigned. In rank order, AndyMark’s auto draft system queries the team’s highest priority item and, provided the team has the credits and FIRST Choice has the inventory, issue the item to the team. This applies to each Priority List line item as ranked. If the team doesn't have enough Credits to cover the entire amount (but at least one) or FIRST Choice inventory doesn't have the entire quantity (but at least one), the team will get as many as their credits/FIRST Choice inventory allow. If credits or inventory can’t cover one, it will move on to the next ranked item so the team is not skipped for that round. Once the draft system gets to the last ranked Priority List, the draft system will query that last Priority List’s next item and work its way back up the ranks (for Teams that know how we’ve done Alliance Selection in the past, this serpentine process probably seems familiar). This draft continues until inventory’s gone or Priority Lists are exhausted. Inventory is then updated for the next phase of FIRST Choice. We will not publicly publish teams’ Priority Lists, the assigned rankings, or final order contents.
  4. AndyMark ships your order!

Open Ordering

The open ordering phase of FIRST Choice is a traditional first-come, first-serve ordering process. Teams add items to their carts and check-out using credits remaining after the priority list phases. 

 

 


Virtual Kit Detail

Products available directly from the Supplier either via download or custom order...

Product Donation Vouchers

Check back after noon (eastern time) November 15, 2019 to see the list of pre-Kickoff vouchers available to secured teams. 

Software

Check back after noon (eastern time) November 15, 2019 to see the list of pre-Kickoff software tools available to secured teams.