FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


2022 Beta Testing

Sep 24, 2021 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Senior Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

As all of you start gearing up for the 2022 season, the Control System Team is gearing up too! With the new REV Robotics control system devices and the roboRIO 2.0 both debuting this season, WPILib will have a few more breaking changes than a typical season.

A Potpourri of 2022 Season Information

Sep 21, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Please be sure to read this recent Inspire blog by Chris Rake, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FIRST.

Scholarship Program

Sep 17, 2021 Written by Michelle Long, FIRST Director of Alumni Relations

Michelle Long from FIRST HQ here! In my role as Director of Alumni Relations, I get to work with folks like Frank and the FIRST Robotics Competition team to help make sure that FIRST is about more than just your time on a team.

NI Guest Blog - roboRIO 2.0

Sep 03, 2021 Written by April Riddett, NI Product Manager

Howdy, folks! We at NI are excited to follow up REV’s announcement with some further details on what you can expect from the roboRIO 2.0. As part of NI’s renewed commitment to FIRST, we wanted to provide an updated roboRIO that would better meet the needs of teams today while not being a dramatic departure from the roboRIO you all know and love (I hope!). 

Pride Month Blog Response

Aug 30, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Judging & Award Updates for the 2022 Season

Aug 26, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We know that there is still uncertainty about how the 2022 season will look but as Frank previously mentioned, our plan A is a traditional FIRST Robotics Competition season. We wanted to share some updates on the current plan for judging and awards this season.

COVID and First Event Preferencing

Aug 19, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

I’m certain many of you have been following the COVID news closely. At FIRST, we have been too. 

Championship, Championship, Championship

Aug 11, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

So much FIRST Championship news!*

New Control System Components: Behind the Scenes

Aug 03, 2021 Written by Greg Needel, REV Robotics Co-Founder, FIRST Alumni & Mentor, & Crown Supplier

Late last month, you may have seen that REV announced details on the new FIRST Robotics Competition control system components that we have been working on since late 2018. 

Building a Skill Portfolio from FIRST Robotics Competition Experience

Jul 08, 2021 Written by Libby Simpson, FIRST Director of Education

One of the goals of teaching is to help students transfer their learning and apply their knowledge. In this sense, mentors of FIRST teams are teachers that assist students in applying expertise to guide them to solve the team's challenges.