FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Kickoff and Q&A

Jan 09, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick and Blake Bourque.

Some preliminary numbers about FIRST STEAMWORKS! Plus, are you ready for the new Q&A System? It opens on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Noon Eastern. Details below!

More Season Info

Jan 06, 2017 Written by FIRST Staff

Some last minute items as we all prepare for Kickoff tomorrow!

Safety, Safety, Safety

Jan 05, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Has your team done a Safety Check to prepare for Kickoff? Check out the 2017 Safety Manual, plus the winners of the 2017 Safety Animation Award!

Festival of Champions and Encrypted Game Manual

Jan 04, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Exciting news about the Festival of Champions! Plus the 2017 encrypted Game & Season Manual is here!

2017 Kit of Parts

Jan 04, 2017 Written by Jonathan Bryant, FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Engineer

Preliminary information about the 2017 Kit of Parts is here!


Jan 03, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

All the information you need to be ready for the Kickoff Broadcast on Saturday is here! Website Being Decommissioned

Dec 23, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

As of January 31, 2017, the website will be decommissioned. Read below for more information!

This Isn't A Robot, Housing, and Throwing Things

Dec 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Also, some important clarifications about FIRST Championship Housing and a rule update about throwing things from the stands!

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.

2017 Motor (and Servo?) Controllers and MXP

Dec 16, 2016 Written by Kevin O'Connor, FIRST Robotics Competition Robotics Engineer.

Detailed information about legal actuator controllers and MXP boards for the 2017 season.