FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


World Mental Health Day and Events Preferencing

Oct 13, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

October 10th was World Mental Health Day, which is a day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. FIRST Robotics Competition knows how crucial mental health is to the community so we wanted to take a moment to recognize this important day.

Safety Animation Award Theme and Safety Manual

Oct 07, 2021 Written by Ashley Marie Johnson, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

UL is excited to announce the theme for the 2022 Safety Animation Award: Faster, Farther, SAFER!

2022 Season Teaser, Single-Day Events, Kit of Parts

Oct 06, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition & Kate Pilotte, Senior Kit of Parts Manager

In case you missed it, the first episode of the 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition season teaser has been released. Yep, I said the first episode! More episodes to follow, the next being released on October 27, 2021.

Software Positions in FRC Engineering

Oct 04, 2021 Written by Matt Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition Senior Electrical Engineering Manager

The FIRST Robotics Competition team is hiring, and we are looking for TWO highly motivated individuals to join us on the Engineering team working on software development!

2022 Beta Testing

Sep 24, 2021 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Senior Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

As all of you start gearing up for the 2022 season, the Control System Team is gearing up too! With the new REV Robotics control system devices and the roboRIO 2.0 both debuting this season, WPILib will have a few more breaking changes than a typical season.

A Potpourri of 2022 Season Information

Sep 21, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Please be sure to read this recent Inspire blog by Chris Rake, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FIRST.

Scholarship Program

Sep 17, 2021 Written by Michelle Long, FIRST Director of Alumni Relations

Michelle Long from FIRST HQ here! In my role as Director of Alumni Relations, I get to work with folks like Frank and the FIRST Robotics Competition team to help make sure that FIRST is about more than just your time on a team.

NI Guest Blog - roboRIO 2.0

Sep 03, 2021 Written by April Riddett, NI Product Manager

Howdy, folks! We at NI are excited to follow up REV’s announcement with some further details on what you can expect from the roboRIO 2.0. As part of NI’s renewed commitment to FIRST, we wanted to provide an updated roboRIO that would better meet the needs of teams today while not being a dramatic departure from the roboRIO you all know and love (I hope!). 

Pride Month Blog Response

Aug 30, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Judging & Award Updates for the 2022 Season

Aug 26, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We know that there is still uncertainty about how the 2022 season will look but as Frank previously mentioned, our plan A is a traditional FIRST Robotics Competition season. We wanted to share some updates on the current plan for judging and awards this season.