FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


A Message from the Chief Volunteers

Feb 04, 2021 Written by the Chief Volunteers

“A season unlike any other.” “The new normal.” “Unprecedented times.” We’re sure we aren’t alone in having read or seen these statements used so many times in the past 12 months, that the phrases have practically lost all meaning. 

Become a FIRST Robotics Competition Judge

Feb 01, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

This season is different in many ways, but one thing that is the same is our need for volunteers to help us ensure teams have the best experience! This season, we need help filling the judge role.

National Mentoring Month

Jan 25, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST and FIRST Robotics Competition are celebrating National Mentoring Month!

PTC Resources for FIRST Robotics Competition

Jan 21, 2021 Written by McKenzie Brunelle, PTC Education Outreach Programs Coordinator and FRC Team 2648 Alumna

If your team is working hard to find ways to design, prototype, and build a robot under these unique social-distancing circumstances, then you aren’t much different from the engineers in the workforce! How do you collaborate on the same model, provide real-time feedback and build a robot that is ready to compete, all while remote?

Digital Animation Award, Calendar, Season Resources

Jan 18, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

The FIRST Offices are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, but we still have some updates for you.

Bring Your CAD Model to Life Virtually

Jan 14, 2021 Written by Kira Corbett, Autodesk Software Developer and FIRST Alumna

Seize this moment to advance your CAD skills!

Have you and your team fully immersed yourselves in computer-aided design (CAD)? With many teams out there using CAD to design custom parts, taking advantage of the right tools can help bring your designs to the next level.

A Kickoff Like No Other

Jan 11, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

I hope everyone had a fantastic FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff! We’re so excited to finally get this season officially started and see what you come up with to address the at-home challenges.

Kickoff Week is Here!

Jan 06, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Only a few more days until the FIRST Robotics Competition 2021 Season Kickoff, officially sponsored by the United States Air Force! Set your alarm clocks for Noon Eastern Time this Saturday, January 9th and watch the magic happen here

Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Totals

Dec 21, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, FIRST Robotics Competition Director

With 2021 being such an unusual season, how did we determine the number of Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Woodie Flowers Finalists Awards to give out in each area?

FIRST Mentor Network

Dec 17, 2020 Written by Kelly Cacket, FIRST Business Analyst

Have you heard about the new way your team can find and connect with more than 500 mentors?