FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Week 2, Week 3, and Championship Waitlists

Mar 14, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about Week 2 Events and how to deal with weather challenges. Plus a small tweak to the Championship Waitlists.

Week One Event Issues

Mar 06, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


I apologize for the challenges we had at our events this weekend. While most folks, from the preliminary results of our post-event surveys anyway, still had a great experience, many events were finding themselves running late or delivering fewer qualification matches to our teams than they had hoped.

Rule Change!

Mar 03, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

An important rule change to S07-C. Please read!

Spring Tweaks

Mar 02, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Be sure to see the changes to the pegs on the FIRST STEAMWORKS field.

Mission Control and Championship Notification/Payment Timing

Mar 01, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Important information about FIRST Championship notifications and payment timing! Also, check out what happens at our Mission Control! -- What's New?

Mar 01, 2017 Written by the FIRST Web Team.

Check out the new features on the website!

FIRST STEAMWORKS Audience Displays

Feb 28, 2017 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer

Are you wondering what the Audience Displays will look like this year? Check them out here!

More Consistent Webcasting and a Few Event 'Carefuls'

Feb 27, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Great news about the webcasting standardization that is starting this year, plus make sure that safety rules are being following, even when you are Steampunk'd out!

New Chief Volunteer

Feb 27, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Congratulations to Paul George on being named the new Chief Field Supervisor!


Feb 24, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick and Andy Baker.


From Frank:

For things that must be done, it’s always a good idea to have a ‘Plan B’. With FIRST STEAMWORKS, the field must be able to count the fuel being scored in the boiler. And while we have confidence in our equipment being able to handle that very well, things happen.