FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 and Buttons

Dec 15, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 is released tonight at 7PM Eastern! Plus, 2017 buttons!

FIRST Championship District Allocations

Dec 14, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


On Saturday, we took a snapshot of ‘secured’ teams from the Districts and FIRST Robotics Competition overall. Teams are ‘secured’ if they have either paid their registration fee or have provided us with a purchase order or letter of commitment from a grantor or sponsor formally committing to payment.

FIRST Championship Housing Registration

Dec 12, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

It's time to start thinking about Housing Registration for the 2017 FIRST Championship! All the information you need is here!

Award Submission Due Dates – Plan for Success!

Dec 09, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Keep up to date on all the Awards Deadlines and Information! It's never too early to start planning for the Submitted Awards!

FIRST Choice Round 1: Slight Delay & a Tweak

Dec 08, 2016 Written by the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Team.

Important information about the release of FIRST Choice Round 1 results, plus a small change in one of the items.

Judged Awards in 2017

Dec 02, 2016 Written by Cindy Stong and Allen Bancroft, FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Judge Advisors.

Exciting news about Awards this season! All judged team awards wil lbe given out Day 2, plus teams are strongly encouraged to bring one adult observer into the the interview room for the Chairman's Award interview!

Documentation: Reboot

Dec 01, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Manager, on behalf of a cross-functional team.

Exciting news about the documentation changes for FIRST Robotics Competition teams! Be sure to check out how the Admin Manual and Game Manual are changing!

Diversity and Inclusion Training, STIMS, and the FIRST Youth Protection Program for Volunteers

Nov 29, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't miss our new Diversity and Inclusion Training Video Segments, Invisible Inequity, on the Schoology platform! Plus, we have made some awesome changes to STIMS and don't forget, it's time to volunteer for events!

Help Your Neighbors and Downloadable Content Pack 3

Nov 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Have you ever thought about reaching out to your neighboring FIRST Robotics Competition teams to give a little encouragement? Now is the time! Reach out to your neighbors! Lend a hand! Also, we are still looking for DLC Pack 3 Content! Submit yours today!

Team Banners, History Patches, and Achievement Streamers for 2017

Nov 21, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Exciting news about the return of Team Banners! Plus an update about the History Patches and Achievement Streamers from 2016.