FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Festival of Champions and Four Stars

Jul 13, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Join us on Twitch for the Festival of Champions broadcast, and don't miss these sweet trophies! Also, for the 12th year, FIRST has been awarded 4 stars by Charity Navigator!

Lou Altman

Jul 05, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


FIRST Robotics Competition Lou Altman photo

It’s with a heavy heart I announce that Lou Altman, FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Pit Announcer since 2009, passed away a few days ago.


Kit of Parts Survey = Prizes!

Jun 23, 2017 Written by the Kit Of Parts Team.

This is your chance to win some great prizes! Complete the Kit of Parts Survey and you will be eligible!

More Details on the Festival of Champions

Jun 17, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.



Participating Teams and Schedule

We now have our full slate of teams participating in the upcoming Festival of Champions! Along with our 2017 Chairman's Award winning Teams, 3132, Thunder Down Under, from Sydney, Australia, and 2614, MARS, from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, as our guests of honor, we have the following teams competing:


Representing Houston

Interesting CIM Motor Capability

May 23, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


What do you know. CIMs can run underwater.





May 03, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Congratulations to the 2017 FIRST Championship St. Louis Winners! And be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Festival of Champions, July 28 and 29, 2017 in Manchester, NH, USA!

Houston, St Louis Bags and More Behind the Curtain

Apr 24, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Congratulations to our FIRST Championship Houston winners! Plus bag and Robot Lock-Up Form information for FIRST Championship St. Louis, and don't forget about the FIRST Updates Now show tonight at 8pm ET!

Mmmmmm...St Louis BBQ

Apr 21, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

St. Louis Preliminary Schedules are here!


Apr 18, 2017 Written by Abbie Perry, Program Coordinator, FIRST Robotics Competition.

Are you ready for awesome LIVE coverage of the 2017 FIRST Championship? Don't miss all the amazing commentary and super cool guests on FIRSTChampLIVE in Houston all this weekend!

Houston Bag Checks, Championship Slots, and a Peek Behind the Curtain

Apr 18, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

We will not be doing bag and Robot Lock-Up Form checks at FIRST Championship Houston. Plus, FIRST Championship is now full! We will not be inviting any other teams off the waitlist. Plus, don't miss Jared Russell from the Rules Review Committee tonight on FUN!