Kit of Parts Info

Jan 03, 2018 Written by Kate Pilotte, FRC Kit of Parts Manager

Great (Kickoff Kit) Expectations

In addition to finding out FIRST POWER UP details on Saturday, each team attending a local Kickoff will also leave with this year’s Kickoff Kit items. We’re giving a deliberately vague “heads up” with to what kind of sizes, weights to expect so you can make accommodations to get the goods back to your build space.

FIRST Alumna Spotlight: Sarah Rudasill

Jan 03, 2018 Written by Sarah Rudasill FIRST Alum

We caught up with FIRST Alum Sarah Rudasill from FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4266, the New Oxford GhostBotics, from New Oxford, PA.

FIRST and Caterpillar Partner to Strengthen the STEM Pipeline and Drive Innovation in the Workforce

Global Infrastructure Company becomes FIRST Strategic Partner, expanding its 12-Year Support of the Nonprofit

Safety, Safety, Safety

Jan 02, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

As we get ready to start build season, please take a moment to consider safety. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, over and over; nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt over.

Did You Feel That?

Jan 02, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

Did you? That little rumble? That little shaking in your stomach? Just the slightest tremor, but enough to make the water in your glass ripple?

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About FIRST®

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."  Dean Kamen, FIRST® Founder

FIRST® was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Learn more about the tremendous impact FIRST has through its various programs for students K-12.

Our Celebration

FIRST will hold its annual FIRST Inspire Celebration on November 1st, 2018 at Cipriani at 55 Wall Street, New York City. The event will begin at 6 pm with a Reception with Robots and dinner and program begins at 7 pm. The event will highlight the life changing experiences students can receive with our programs through generous donations.

Award Submission Date Reminders and Build Season Weather

Dec 28, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick


Award Submission Date Reminders

As we’ve said probably a dozen times, the best way to make sure you are on time for something is to plan to be early. FIRST Robotics Competition Award submissions are great examples of things for which you’ll want to be on time.

As a reminder, the deadlines are below. Please consider setting earlier internal team deadlines, so you aren’t sweating it out last minute hoping you hit the button in time.

Suicide Hits Home

Dec 27, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

Martha Dickey is the Stewardship Manager in the FIRST Development Department. The Development Department is the group within FIRST that works hard to ensure we have the sponsorships we need to continue meeting our mission. Martha and the rest of the Development group are the kind of behind-the-scenes folks our teams are unlikely ever to meet, or even hear about. But their work is critical in powering the FIRST engine in delivering life-changing programs to thousands of young people.

More Event Rules Updates

Dec 21, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

A few years ago, we did away with the Administrative Manual for FIRST Robotics Competition, opting instead to put most of the information that had been in that manual right on the website. The idea was that much of the Administrative Manual was ‘evergreen’ in that the information and rules rarely changed from season to season, so it made little sense to keep them locked away and secret like the game rules.