FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


SOLIDWORKS Software Access for All Teams!

Jul 26, 2022 Written by Marie Planchard, Senior Director, Early Engagement Ecosystem, Dassault Systemes

For years, SOLIDWORKS has been a Crown Supplier of FIRST and the software behind the FIRST competitions fields. Dassault Systemes will also be helping establish FIRST in France this year! Bonjour robots!

We get what we celebrate!

Jul 11, 2022 Written by the FIRST Hall of Fame

As FIRST Robotics Competition teams wrap up the 2021-22 season and begin preparations for the new challenges ahead, summer provides an abundance of opportunities for team development, including skill building, recruitment, and community outreach.

Timeout Process (and Playoff Tournament!) Review

Jun 30, 2022 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Experience Specialist

As mentioned earlier this year in our Timeout Trouble blog, we are committed to reviewing the timeout process now that the season is over. In discussing how to approach this project, we wanted to be open to ideas that may come up that expand beyond just timeouts so we are reviewing the entire playoff process.

New Co-Chiefs and more FIRST Positions Posted

Jun 16, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Many community members are aware that we identify volunteer co-chiefs for some of our key volunteer positions such as Robot Inspector and Volunteer Coordinator, along with others.

2023 Control System Info

Jun 07, 2022 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

It’s occurred to us that we haven’t yet stated what teams can expect for control system components for the 2023 season!

We Cherish Our Traditions

May 23, 2022 Written by Woodie Flowers Award Winners

Wow what a year! We did it! We planned, we guessed at plans, we masked up, we followed medical advice, we anticipated next medical advice, we interpreted medical advice, we gathered electronically then in person, we gathered back our students, we gathered back our sponsors, we built, and then we actually competed!!!!

New Season

May 19, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

The 2023 FIRST Robotics Competition Season opens today!*

Registration is now open for the 2023 FIRST® Robotics Competition season, CHARGED UPSM presented by Haas. Sign into your FIRST Dashboard to get started.

Crash Course on Off-Season Events

May 12, 2022 Written by Ashley Marie Johnson, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

The official RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company season may be done, but the excitement isn’t over. Off-season events are already in full swing which means more FIRST®, more robots, and more fun!

Celebrate the Class of 2022

May 10, 2022 Written by Michelle Long, Director of Alumni Relations


My job at FIRST HQ is everything after high school – education, enlistment, employment – whatever your next steps are, it’s my job to help you in getting there. This time of year, that means GRADUATION.

Come Work for FIRST Robotics Competition

May 06, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Are you looking for a job in which you can help change the world, or know someone who is?