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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

Hello!

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?

Houston Wrap-Up

May 02, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Wow, what a fantastic FIRST Championship in Houston! And it was so wonderful to once again see great friends and watch terrific matches! With 30,000+ attendees across all programs, it was a heck of a party.

FIRST Championship!

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

While some folks arrived earlier, most of the FIRST staff and I arrived in Houston yesterday for FIRST Championship. 

Congratulations and We’re Not Done Yet!

Apr 14, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

A huge congratulations to all the teams that participated in FIRST Robotics Competition this season.

Sunset on the 2022 Kit of Parts

Apr 13, 2022 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

If anyone can snap their fingers and erase any and all supply chain issues for the next several months, please let me know. Until that magical person comes forward though, the Kit of Parts team is working to source material for the 2023 Kickoff Kits, FIRST Choice, and Virtual Kit. 

Timeout Trouble

Mar 29, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

We’ve seen a few instances this season of teams not making it back to the field before timeout expiration resulting in them being excluded from match participation. This is a feels-bad moment for all involved – teams, volunteers, spectators, and FIRST HQ – as we all want to see teams on the field playing. I am sorry for the distress this has caused.

Guest Blog: Screws Loose?

Mar 23, 2022 Written by Nick Lawrence, Mechanical Systems Designer, AndyMark, Inc

Hello Teams,

AndyMark has identified an issue within the AM14U5 Drive Base Kits provided in teams’ Kit of Parts this season. 

Priority Waitlist Slot Releases

Mar 18, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

In the Championship Potpourri Blog, we explained the Priority Waitlist Process. Step #2 in that process was indicated as “Determine the number of slots to be awarded based on FIRST Championship declines, position in the season, and any other factors.” I would like to give you a little more detail on that step and tell you how we plan to be more transparent on that determination.