FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

2017 Early Release Vouchers and Software

Dec 20, 2016 Written by Jamee Luce, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Advocate


It’s the time of year again! One way to get excited about the upcoming season is to start utilizing all the tools available to teams. Virtual items are included as part of the Kit of Parts system and are available to all secured 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition teams. They consist of software licenses/downloads and Product Donation Vouchers (aka “PDVs” or “vouchers”) and will be posted to the Virtual Kit of Parts site today, December 20, 2016 at 3PM Eastern.

Vouchers can be redeemed for specific items or a selection of items up to a specific dollar amount (teams pay for shipping), but refer to the Virtual Kit site for details on how to pursue these helpful donations.

There will be additional items added to the Virtual Kit on Kickoff, so make sure to check them all out then!

Our thanks to all of our Suppliers who make the Kit of Parts happen each year! 

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The code in the Team Registration System for the American Button Machines offer is not working when entered into their website ( We've tried using Chrome, Firefox, IE on different computers.

Another team has independently confirmed it's not working for them either. Is this promotion not active until kickoff? Or is there a problem with the code/website?


Thanks for your comment! It should be fixed now! Please let us know if it doesn't work by sending an email to!


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