FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Frank Answers Fridays

Mar 03, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Today’s good question comes from Mike MacLean, a member of FRC Team 2122, Team Tators, from Boise, Idaho, USA




Any word on the recommendations put to upper management re: 2017 Championship venue assignments?



Hi Mike,

Official Event Results -- Follow Your Favorite Teams!

Mar 03, 2016 Written by Alex Herreid FIRST Robotics Competition Jr. Software Engineer.

Week 0.5

Mar 02, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Here are a few quick notes from our experience over the weekend at the Palmetto Regional in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA.

Mods to Referee Communication

Feb 23, 2016 Written by Aidan F. Browne, Ph.D. and FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Referee

We have made a number of modifications to the way the field management system and the Audience Screens are used this year, in order to give a more understandable and consistent audience experience.

Stop Build Day and Shakespeare

Feb 23, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

What goes better with Stop Build Day than a little Shakespeare?

Audience Displays and a Favor

Feb 22, 2016 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer
A brief description of what teams can expect from the Audience Display screens for the FIRST STRONGHOLD season. Teams are asked to check the length of their Team Nicknames.


Feb 17, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

The History Patches we are providing to teams this season at events has generated some interest among some in our community about getting one for themselves.

2016 FIRST Safety Animation Award Sponsored by UL – Winner and Runners-Up

Feb 09, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

We have selected the winner and runners-up for the Safety Animation Award, sponsored by UL.

Congratulations, FRC Team 846, The Funky Monkeys, from San Jose, California, USA, on your winning entry!

The Funky Monkeys will be receiving a special UL-designed trophy at one of their events, and their animation will be played at every FRC event this season. You can see their winning animation below:


Feb 04, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

There's been some buzz in the community about the availability of COTS parts and what companies that distribute parts potentially useful in FRC did or didn't know about FIRST STRONGHOLD ahead of time.

Sing at Championship, 2016 Non-Hints, and WPI Survey Help

Feb 03, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Sing at the FIRST Championship

Think you (and maybe a friend) have what it takes to sing the National Anthem of the United States at the FIRST Championship this April in front of, oh, to a first approximation, a million people? Now’s your chance! We’re having a little contest to select the next FIRST idol. Check out the details here.