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The 2024 FIRST® Championship presented by BAE Systems will bring together 600 teams.This page is intended to be an overview of information on FIRST Championship specific to the FIRST Robotics Competition program. Teams can also reference the FIRST Robotics Competition Event Guide (coming soon!) for additional details. 

FIRST Robotics Competition Volunteers can also reference the Volunteer Event Guide (coming soon!) for general volunteer information as well as the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Volunteer webpage for volunteer information specific to the FIRST Robotics Competition Program.

 

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Preparing for FIRST Championship

Details on how teams earn eligibility to attend the FIRST Championship are posted on the Championship Eligibility Criteria webpage.  

Teams should also check out the FIRST Championship Website for information that is applicable to all programs and attendees and the FIRST Championship Event Guide for information that is applicable to all attendees such as information about badging, Conferences, Innovation Faire, and more! 

 

Badging and Hotel Options

The hotel program is open, teams can check out the FIRST Championship webpage for details on how to reserve rooms. Volunteers will receive information once they are assigned to a role.

Do I still have to register to attend if I am not using the FIRST Championship Hotel Accommodations?

Yes, all attendees have to use the badging system to register for the event. All attendees are required to have a badge while on site. Please complete this prior to arriving to expedite badging on site.

Do I have to stay at a hotel that is part of the FIRST Championship Hotel Accommodations?

No, the hotel program is provided as an option for attendees and teams. 

When will I receive information on registering for FIRST Championship?

Teams will receive information on registering after qualifying for FIRST Championship.

Robot Shipping & Packing

Teams attending the 2024 FIRST Championship can choose to either ship their robot using the FedEx voucher or hand-carry to the event.

Teams that qualify and are secured (paid the event registration fee) for FIRST Championship will get an email asking them if they want to hand-carry to FIRST Championship or ship it via FedEx. Teams must select one or the other, as there will be no ‘default’ option. For more information, check out the Robot Transportation webpage.

Please see the 2024 FIRST Championship Packing document (coming soon!) for helpful tips as your team prepares for FIRST Championship.

On-Site FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Specifics

Agenda & Floor Plan

Championship Divisions

Division Assignments will be available on this frc-events page closer to the event. 

Archimedes

Archimedes was a mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher. In theoretical mechanics, Archimedes is responsible for fundamental theorems concerning the centers of gravity of plane figures and solids, and he is famous for his theorem on the weight of a body immersed in a liquid, called Archimedes’ Principle.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Curie

Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist who did ground-breaking research about radioactivity. She was the first woman to have won the Nobel Prize and the first person to have won the Nobel Prize twice, for developing the theory of radioactivity, and for discovering new elements polonium and radium.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Daly

Marie Daly was an American biochemist, and the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. Over almost 40 years, she did important research about histones, protein synthesis, cholesterol and hypertension and creatine.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Galileo

Galileo Galilei was a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician. He made many important contributions to our understanding of this world. One such contribution is improving the design of the telescope, allowing him to make meaningful discoveries that helped prove the Copernican hypothesis.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Hopper

Grace Hopper was an American mathematician and a rear admiral in the US NAVY. She was a pioneer in developing computer technology and even coined the term bug to refer to unexplained computer failures. Additionally, she helped to devise the first commercial electronic computer.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Johnson

Katherine Johnson, an African American woman, worked as a mathematician who worked at NASA. She was responsible for calculating orbital mechanics which were critical for first and later US crewed spaceflights. Known as the "human calculator" she was a master at complex manual calculations and pioneered the use of computers for this task.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Milstein

Cesar Milstein was an Argentine biochemist researching in the field of antibodies. In 1984 he was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the production of monoclonal antibodies. His discovery allowed mass creation of these antibodies to allow for diagnosis and treatment of many diseases including some cancers.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Newton

Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician. He’s well known for his discovery of the three laws of motion, the original discover of calculus, and laying the foundation for modern physical optics.

 

Pit Layouts coming soon!

Judging & Awards

FIRST Robotics Competition celebrates the excitement of competition both on and off the field. Through our awards, we celebrate the FIRST Core Values which makes us so much #morethanrobots.

Pit Judging

Judges come around in the pit to interview teams for the Judged Awards just like they do at local District or Regional Competitions. Judges may Interview and observe teams in the Pit, on the playing field, and other areas of the event. Visit the FIRST Robotics Competition Awards page for a full description of the awards. To be eligible for any award, teams will be required to follow FIRST Core Values, demonstrate Gracious Professionalism®, and implement and follow appropriate safety practices.

Award Ceremonies

Awards for each field will be presented in between the playoff matches. The entire team will be invited to the field to receive an award and take a team picture if they like (team must take the photo themselves).

The FIRST Impact Award Finalists will be announced Saturday Morning prior to Alliance Selection. 

The FIRST Impact Award, Volunteer of the Year, and Woodie Flowers Award winner will be announced during Einstein. 

FIRST Impact Awards Interviews

The FIRST Impact Award interview schedule will be posted in each Pit Admin on Wednesday. FIRST Impact Award Interviews will be on Thursday and Friday.

There are four FIRST Impact Award Interview rooms on site, Rooms 380 A – D, located on the 3rd floor of the building. Swapping interview times is not encouraged, but if you must change your time, switch with a team (once you have their consent) that is assigned to the same interview room as you and notify Pit Admin. Pit Admin must approve the change and they will work with the judges to keep them apprised of changes.

Teams can reference the Hall of Fame webpage to see what other teams who have won the Championship FIRST Impact Award have accomplished.

Logistics

Load In

All teams must follow the Load-In process as outlined in the Team Load-In Instructions (coming soon!) in order to bring materials into the Pits from their vehicles. 

Early Load In

  • Teams who shipped their robot will be allowed in at 7:00am to allow early access in the pits for teams who may not have had access to their robot for several weeks.
  • Please note that during the Early Load-In time frame for teams that shipped their robot, they can bring in one tote (approximately Kit of Parts size), with the preference that it is hand carried. The tote must fit through a standard doorway. The tote should include all hand tools needed to open the team’s crate(s) and can included a corded or cordless power drill.
  • Early Load-In teams should expect that all items will be searched upon entry into the front doors of the venue and should have the tote ready to be inspected (i.e. don’t have it zip-tied shut). Teams should not have items on the prohibited items list (per the Event Rules E109) in the tote. All other items must be brought in through the loading dock through the standard Load-In process.
  • All Early Load-In teams must check in at the early check-in desk (location coming soon) in the lobby to obtain wristbands to enter the pits.
    • Teams who need to print name badges at the Team Check In desk or need to send members to the loading dock from the lobby may also check in at the early check-in desk to obtain a different colored wristband to allow them access. These teams will not be allowed in the pits until 9am.
Load Out

Teams that ship to Championship must visit the FIRST Ship Desk prior to Load Out, which is open Thursday through Saturday. If you come early, you can skip the long Saturday line!

Teams that hand-carry their robot are no longer required to visit the FIRST Ship Desk prior to loading out, however they must still visit the load out desk to indicate they are ready. A Load Out desk is available in both pits on Saturday, and teams should go there once the team is ready to pack things into the vehicle.

Meals & Breaks

Each division is assigned a 1 hour 30-minute break for lunch on Thursday and Friday. Teams should listen carefully to announcements on each Division Field, as some matches are replayed during the Lunch Break. Please see the below schedule for Thursday & Friday by field. On Saturday, all Division Fields will break from the end of the Division Field Playoffs at 12:00pm until the Einstein Closing Celebration begins, 2:00pm.

There are concessions located within the convention center, with many food options around the George R. Brown Convention Center as well. Local food trucks will be around Discovery Green. View a list of nearby restaurants.

Teams can use the pre-order form to pre-order lunches for your team. 

Divisions

Day

Lunch Break Time

Archimedes

Thursday

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Friday

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Curie

Thursday

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Friday

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Daly

Thursday

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Friday

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Galileo

Thursday

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Friday

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Hopper

Thursday

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Friday

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Johnson

Thursday

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Friday

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Milstein

Thursday

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Friday

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Newton

Thursday

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Friday                   

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Parking

Parking is available around the George R. Brown Convention Center, see Downtown Houston Parking webpage for more information.

Practice Fields

There will be 2 complete Competition Fields in each Pit area, as well as several carpeted areas of Practice Field elements. The Practice Fields are open Wednesday at 12pm - Friday evening. The Practice Fields will not be available on Saturday. The practice field will not include game piece counters in the speakers. Please reference the FIRST Robotics Competition Public Schedule for planned hours of operation as well as the Championship Practice Field Overview (coming soon!) that is provided in team's registration packets. 

We recognize that teams shipping their robot are at a disadvantage as they cannot work on their robot after it ships. To help level the playing field, teams that ship their robot using the FedEx voucher receive early access to the pits on Wednesday and:

  • a fast pass that allows the team to skip the line one time on the ‘playground’ (non-official/wooden) practice fields any day they are open. Note they cannot be used the last hour that they are open each day.
  • a fast pass that allows the teams to skip the line one time on the official practice fields any day the practice fields are open. Note they cannot be used the last hour that they are open each day.

Queuing

Teams are responsible for knowing their match times and are expected to queue 30 minutes prior to their matches without the help of an announcer. Teams need a minimum of 10 minutes to travel from their pit space to the playing fields. Please leave extra time to get back and forth between the pits and playing fields.

For qualification matches, FIRST will make every effort to keep close to the published schedules. Keep close watch of the pit display for any moment-to-moment changes. There will be no audio queuing.

Robot Services

  • Control System Advisors (CSAs) - Teams can request general help from Control Systems Advisors for troubleshooting software or electrical issues by stopping by the NI booth in the Robot Service Center or submitting a request online at www.ni.com/frcsupport
  • Inspection - Inspection opens at 10:00am on Wednesday. Each Division has an inspection station and teams should go to the Inspection Station in their Division. Teams should start the inspection process as soon as possible to help every team get through it in a timely manner. Robots must pass inspection prior to accessing the practice fields and competing in Qualification Matches
  • Machine Shop - There is a machine shop, sponsored by NASA, located in each Pit area in the back of Halls A & E near the Spare Parts Tables. 
  • Spare Parts - There is a spare parts table in the back of both Hall A & E and parts are available on a limited basis. 
  • Robot Service Center - located in the back of Halls B, C, & D and is an opportunity for teams to seek and get support from Suppliers during the competition (e.g. technical help, spare parts, or assistance with repairs).

 

Einstein Tournament

The 8 Division winning alliances are known as Division Champions. These teams compete in the Einstein Tournament. The tournament will be a Double Elimination Tournament as described in Section 12.4 of the Game Manual

  • Reserved Seating - When the Division alliance winners & FIRST Impact Award Finalists are announced, each team receives 40 wristbands to designate special reserved seating for the Einstein Tournament. Teams obtain the wristbands from the field Volunteer Coordinator. Please arrive at reserved seats no later than 2:00 PM. 
    • Note: any open areas in the bleachers after 2:00 PM become open to the public for seating.

 

Accessibility 

  • Accessible Seating -  Accessible seating is available for all fields. If your team needs accessible seating, please indicate this when you register for badging to help us with planning. There will be space for the person in need plus up to 3 additional members from their team. Due to space constraints, most of the team will need to sit in the reserved stands behind the accessible seating. If a student is the one in need, we ask that at least 1 adult sits in the reserved area.
    • Please be aware that anyone sitting in the Accessible Seating area must wear safety glasses. Please see a volunteer for directions to seating. 
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms - Gender neutral bathrooms will be available as shown in the layout above (coming soon!) as well as layouts on the FIRST Championship website.
  • Parents Room - There will be a parents room available for nursing parents. (location coming soon!)
  • Prayer Rooms - There will be two prayer rooms available for anyone wishing to observe religious practice onsite during event hours. Prayer rooms are located on the 2nd level of the Marriott Marquis Houston in Montgomery rooms A&B.  The Marriott Marquis Houston is attached to the George R. Brown Convention Center and can be accessed from the level 2 sky bridge located north of Mezzanine A.  
  • Quiet Room - A Quiet Room will be available for those participants who need a quiet space to de-stress and take a break from the business of the competition. The Quiet Room location is on the third floor in 372 F.
    • ​If you would like to donate items (things like playing cards, board games, stress balls, puzzles) for the room, please bring then to the Quiet Room.
    • The Quiet Room hours are:
      • Wednesday: 8 AM - 7 PM
      • Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
      • Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
      • Saturday: 8 AM - 6 PM

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