FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


FIRST Choice 2017

Nov 18, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition's Kit of Parts Manager.

Detailed information about the 2017 FIRST Choice Program! FIRST Choice will open Monday, November 21 at Noon Eastern for Round 1. Read carefully below to understand how to find passwords, see the detailed schedule, and understand what teams will have access. Updated: 11/21 to correct description about which mentors have visibility to a team’s voucher/FIRST Choice information.

Important Deadline Changes

Nov 17, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


To give both FRC teams and FIRST HQ more time to take care of several important tasks, we are going to be extending upcoming deadlines as shown below.

Kit and Kickoff Registration Reminder

Nov 16, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't forget to sign up for your Kit & Kickoff location! It's the only the way to make sure your Kickoff Kit is waiting for you at the appropriate place on Kickoff!

Grab Bag

Nov 14, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't miss the Fundraising Toolkit Video Series! Plus information about the Behind The Lines Episode on Wednesday, 11/16, at 8:00 PM Eastern. The 2017 FIRST Championship Eligibility Criteria has been posted, and the Media and Technology Innovation Award will NOT be available in 2017.

STIMS and Steampunk

Nov 07, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about the STIMS (FIRST Team Management Information System) as well as a FUN show tonight at 8:30pm ET!

2017 International Game Piece Option

Nov 03, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager.

Are you a non-US team? This is your chance to opt in for an extra set of game elements in your Kickoff Kit in exchange for an inflated number of FIRST Choice credits! Opt in period is open from Tuesday, November 8 at Noon ET to Tuesday, November 15 at Noon ET.

FIRST Championship Waitlists, Attending Your Non-Home Event, and FIRST Championship Housing

Nov 01, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Waitlists for FIRST Championship information is here! Registration for Waitlists opens on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 3pm Eastern Time. Are you interested in attending your non-home FIRST Championship? Details below, including FIRST Championship Housing Registration Information!

What a Way to End the Week

Oct 27, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't miss this great blog about the Digital Animation Award, the DLC Pack 2, plus Frank's weekend plans!

FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Volunteer Coordinators

Oct 26, 2016 Written by Dennis Howland, Volunteer Resources.

Thanks for our long-time Chief VC, Jess Boucher, and welcome to our two new Chief VCs, Jess Jankowitsch and Laurie Shimizu!

So Much Information!

Oct 25, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

FIRST Championship Waitlist Registration is scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at 3pm ET. We need more rookie teams! Rookie grants available until November 3. Plus DLC Pack 2 will be available on Thursday, October 27 at 7pm ET, and we would love to include your original work in DLC Pack 3!