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Second Event Registration, Black Tote Opt-Out, Kit & Kickoff Selection

Oct 03, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Sr. Program Manager

Event Preferencing round 1 wrap-up, round 2 reminders, and updates on Black Tote Opt-Out and Kit & Kickoff Selection!

Event Updates and Reminders

Sep 28, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Sr. Program Manager

Event updates plus event preferencing and grants reminders galore! 

More Than

Sep 27, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Sr. Program Manager

On September 26, FIRST® announced the launch of More Than, a campaign to dismantle labels for kids and promote self-esteem through STEM.

2023 Safety Animation Award Theme & Safety Manual Now Available!

Sep 23, 2022 Written by Ashley Marie Johnson, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We are excited to announce the theme for the 2023 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL Solutions: Power in the Pits!

Black Tote or…?

Sep 22, 2022 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

The “Kit” has evolved to include more than just what’s shipped in totes at the start of the season; it’s the Kickoff Kits (totes, Drive Base Kit/voucher), FIRST® Choice, and the Virtual Kit. This year, we're trying something new-ish. 

Events, Event Preferencing, and Teaser!

Sep 21, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Sr. Program Manager

2023 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional and District events that will be available for the first round of preferencing are now posted for your review! Also included is a reminder about event preferencing and information about the season teaser. 

Payment Term Reminders

Sep 16, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Sr. Program Manager

As we move closer to event registration and the payment deadline, I wanted to remind teams of changes to the FIRST® payment terms for the 2022-2023 season. These changes impact how team grant funds are used within the FIRST registration system. 

ImPIHRRfect Supply Chains

Sep 14, 2022 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

Raw materials, labor, and transportation are all volatile. These pieces of the process are less predictable than they’ve been in recent history. We’re seeing it as we source items for Kickoff Kits and FIRST Choice, and we wanted to give you a heads-up too. 

Award Updates for the 2023 Season

Sep 12, 2022 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Experience Specialist

Updates and changes to judging and awards for the 2023 season.

2022 Control System Reporting, 2023 Updates, and Beta Testing

Sep 09, 2022 Written by Kevin O’Connor, FIRST Robotics Competition Senior Robotics Engineer

As all of you start gearing up for the 2023 season, the Control System Team is gearing up too! We’ve got a number of updates to share with you including Usage Reporting data from the 2022 season, two notes about vision targeting in the 2023 season, and information about Beta Testing.