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Kickoff!!!

Dec 10, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

It’s coming! January 9th, 2021, at Noon Eastern Time! See it here!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Dec 08, 2020 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

…for the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts (KOP) team!

We know y’all look forward to Kickoff and then competing, but for the KOP team and those that help us, shipping Kickoff Kits is our adrenaline rush.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Dec 04, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

This season, as in every season, safety is the top priority for FIRST Robotics Competition.

Thanksgiving and Thanks-giving

Nov 25, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

This week, folks in the United States celebrate their Thanksgiving Day holiday. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to give some thanks of my own.

The 2021 Judging Process

Nov 24, 2020 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We hope everyone is getting excited for this very different season. We released information previously about the season’s offerings here. Teams have the opportunity to compete remotely for awards amongst all of our At Home Challenges as well as the traditionally submitted awards. The process will be a little different this year and we wanted to share a little more information about the judging process, so our teams know what to expect.

2021 Motors, Controllers, and MXP Boards

Nov 19, 2020 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Senior Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

While we know this unique season may mean that many teams are not following their usual pattern of stocking up in preparation for Kickoff, we still want to help you make informed decisions by letting you know what actuator controllers, MXP boards, and motors will be legal this season.

Get in the Game!

Nov 11, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

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As of this writing, more than 2,000 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from around the world are going to be joining us for the 2021 season. 

Virtual Kit 2021

Nov 06, 2020 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

In a year just like any other year… wait, nope.

In a year where norms are out the window, we’ve decided release information about what y’all can expect in the 2021 Virtual Kit of Parts. 

Additional COVID-19 Guidance for FIRST Robotics Teams

Nov 03, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Just like the other FIRST Programs, FIRST Robotics Competition has developed a document to help navigate this season during the pandemic.

Safety Animation Award Theme and other Award updates

Oct 22, 2020 Written by Jamee Luce, Team Advocate, FIRST Robotics Competition.

The Safety Animation Award theme is here! Plus, other awards updates to share!