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Official Week Zero and Regional Slots Open

Feb 16, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


Official Week Zero

FIRST Robotics Competition’s official Week Zero for FIRST STEAMWORKS will be held this Saturday, February 18th, at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, and will be hosted by Team 811, The Cardinals. 

Check out the event schedule here and watch live streaming here.

Week Zero gives us a chance to test out our systems with team-built robots running actual matches for the first time. As this is a first run, you can expect a few rough edges! We use what we learn to improve things like the field reset process when the official events start two weeks later.*

Thanks, Team 811, for hosting! We’re looking forward to it!


Regional Slots Open

Thinking of going to an additional Regional this season? Those on the list below have openings. To sign up, have your Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or Lead Coach/Mentor 2 send an email with the request to


Mar 01- 04, 2017

  • South Florida Regional, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  • Palmetto Regional, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
  • Hub City Regional, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Mar 08-11, 2017

  • Shenzhen Regional, Shenzhen City China
  • Arkansas Rock City, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • Arizona North, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
  • Miami Valley Regional, Springfield, Ohio, USA

Mar 13-15, 2017

  • Southern Cross Regional, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Mar 15-18, 2017

  • Greater Pittsburgh Regional, California, Pennsylvania, USA
  • South Pacific Regional, Sydney Olympic Park, Syndey, NSW, Australia
  • Finger Lakes Regional, Rochester, New York, USA

Mar 22-25, 2017

  • Rocket City Regional, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  • Colorado Regional, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Iowa Regional, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
  • Hudson Valley Regional, Suffern, New York, USA
  • Bayou Regional, Kenner, Louisiana, USA
  • Wisconsin Regional, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Mar 29- Apr 1, 2017

  • Laguna Regional, Torreon, COA, Mexico
  • Hawaii Regional, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Idaho Regional, Boise, Idaho, USA
  • Midwest Regional, Chicago Illinois, USA

Mar 30- Apr 2, 2017

  • Brazos Valley Regional, Waco, Texas, USA

Apr 05-08, 2017

  • Western Canada Regional, Calgary, Alberta, Canada




*Wait, if Week 1 events are two weeks later, shouldn’t this event be called Week -1? Can’t you math, Frank? Well, yeah, but tradition has a value all its own.

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Our team will be busy finalizing parts of our robot during the Week Zero livestream, will it be recorded and uploaded somewhere for later viewing?

Hi Shane, yes, the Week Zero event recording should be saved and available on our Twitch channel for later viewing.  

Wait, your robot isn't done yet? :)  

Archived Twitch Stream:

Hey Frank, what makes a week zero an "official" week zero?  We ourselves are hosting a week zero in our state and I know that there are at least 5 others in this state alone.  Is there only one "official" week zero?


Hey Sandy, the 'official' week zero is the only one being supported directly by FIRST HQ with a fully functional Field Management System.  We love the fact that other locations are hosting events also, though!

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