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Jan 22, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick.



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I got my #FIRSTTravelBuddy. Now on to events!

Traveling to FIRST Robotics Competition events can be loads of fun. You get to see new places, make new friends, and strengthen bonds with your current friends. This year, wherever you go (even if it’s just to an ordinary team meeting!) please bring your #FIRSTTravelBuddy with you, take some photos, and share. Tweet your photos to @FIRSTTweets with #FIRSTTravelBuddy so everyone can follow your FIRST journey. I’ll be bringing mine to Turkey this year. I hope he’s got his passport ready!


Click on the button below to get your own #FIRSTTravelBuddy. One was even included in your Kit of Parts this season. And don’t be shy about customizing him – I don’t know about you, but when I see his left arm raised up like that I IMMEDIATELY imagine a slice of pepperoni pizza in it. Because he’s making the same face I do when I’m eating pizza. I may have a small addition to make to this guy.

Get your own #FIRSTTravelBuddy

On the same page that you’ll find the #FIRSTTravelBuddy for download, you’ll be able to explore housing and travel options to events. Be sure to check them out. We’ve got hotels for Regionals, District events, and of course FIRST Championship. You’ll be staying with other teams and be close to the venue. And who knows? You may just find the ideal hotel that meets all your needs.

Explore Housing & Travel Options


Speaking of travel to events! We have some Regionals that have immediate openings for teams. Check them out below! Please keep in mind that due to limited capacity at some events this is on a first come, first served basis. To sign up for one of these events, please contact Team Support via email at


Week 1

  • Great Northern Regional, Grand Forks, ND, USA

Week 2

  • Canadian Pacific Regional, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Festival de Robotique a Sherbrooke Regional, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
  • Istanbul Regional, Bati Atasehir (Istanbul), Turkey
  • Bosphorus Regional, Bati Atasehir (Istanbul), Turkey

Week 3

  • Beijing Cultural Exchange Event #1, Xicheng, Beijing, China
  • Arizona North Regional, Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • St. Louis Regional, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Oklahoma Regional, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
  • Southern Cross Regional, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, Australia

Week 4

  • Beijing Cultural Exchange Event #2, Xicheng, Beijing, China
  • Central New York Regional, Utica, NY, USA
  • Central Illinois Regional, Peoria, IL, USA
  • Hawaii Regional, Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Memphis Regional, Collierville, TN, USA
  • Heartland Regional, Olathe KS, USA
  • Greater Pittsburgh Regional, California, PA, USA
  • South Pacific Regional, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, Australia

Week 5

  • SBPLI Long Island Regional #1, Hempstead, NY, USA
  • Sacramento Regional, Davis, CA, USA
  • Buckeye Regional, Cleveland, OH, USA (2 Open)
  • Idaho Regional, Nampa ID, USA

Week 6

  • Canadian Rockies Regional, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Rocket City Regional, Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Festival de Robotique a Montreal Regional, Montreal, QC, Canada (1 Open)


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Idaho still has a few spaces and would LOVE to host your team for a Week 5 play!  We have cookies in the pits on Thursday and Friday afternoons!  The scenery is beautiful, tours are available to Micron, hp, Plexus, etc and the people are incredibly welcoming.  Come see us in Idaho!

I have a ranch that can accommodate 22 guests for lodging and food. I have relatives involved in FIRST and I would like to become a partner in the Idaho Events. We are located 4 miles from Idaho Fire Center. Look us up at 

Thank you!

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