FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Resources, Resources, Resources!

Jan 25, 2023 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Experience Specialist




Last week we shared some community-based resources to help teams the season. This week, we wanted to share an update on our blog from earlier this month as FIRST® has created some additional resources to help teams this season.

Earlier this year, we released a Bumper Guide to help provide more information on various ways to make bumpers. Since then, we have released two new Bumper Videos that are intended to help give a quick overview of making bumpers and go over some ways to create them. Huge shoutout to AndyMark for helping us create these videos:

  1. How to Make Bumpers
  2. How to Mount Bumpers

Another area we know teams are looking for assistance is with electronics. We have created two videos to go along with the written instructions that can be found in WPILib. The instructions on WPILib can be used for both the REV and CTR Electronics products by toggling the instructions. These videos describe how to wire the basic FIRST® Robotics Competition Control System using the REV Robotics Control System components provided in the rookie Kickoff Kit. Thanks to WPI for their assistance editing these videos:

  1. How to Wire a Robot
  2. How to Wire the Pneumatics

You can find all of these resources and more on our Technical Resources webpage. Additionally, we have created a playlist on YouTube for our Technical Resources. Additional instructional videos will be added to the playlist as they’re created. You can subscribe to the FIRST Robotics Competition YouTube Channel to receive notifications as videos are uploaded.  


Hack Club

As part of a collaboration between FIRST and the nonprofit Hack Club, we are excited to introduce you to Hack Club Bank. This service is a comprehensive financial platform that can be used by all FIRST teams to help streamline their finances and gain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, with onboarding that is typically less than 72 hours.     

More information can be found on the Hack Club Bank PDF on the Team Management webpage and by visiting the Hack Club website.

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