FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Totals

Dec 21, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, FIRST Robotics Competition Director

With 2021 being such an unusual season, how did we determine the number of Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Woodie Flowers Finalists Awards to give out in each area?

FIRST Mentor Network

Dec 17, 2020 Written by Kelly Cacket, FIRST Business Analyst

Have you heard about the new way your team can find and connect with more than 500 mentors?

Get People Talking and Listening!

Dec 14, 2020 Written by Ken Patton, 1999 WFA Winner & Allen Gregory, 2019 WFA Winner

Recently, we got to see some awesome people who wanted to #WalkLikeWoodie - way to go Camdenton LASER!

Do you know what else Woodie was great at? Listening!


Dec 10, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

It’s coming! January 9th, 2021, at Noon Eastern Time! See it here!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Dec 08, 2020 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

…for the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts (KOP) team!

We know y’all look forward to Kickoff and then competing, but for the KOP team and those that help us, shipping Kickoff Kits is our adrenaline rush.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Dec 04, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

This season, as in every season, safety is the top priority for FIRST Robotics Competition.

Thanksgiving and Thanks-giving

Nov 25, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

This week, folks in the United States celebrate their Thanksgiving Day holiday. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to give some thanks of my own.

The 2021 Judging Process

Nov 24, 2020 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We hope everyone is getting excited for this very different season. We released information previously about the season’s offerings here. Teams have the opportunity to compete remotely for awards amongst all of our At Home Challenges as well as the traditionally submitted awards. The process will be a little different this year and we wanted to share a little more information about the judging process, so our teams know what to expect.

2021 Motors, Controllers, and MXP Boards

Nov 19, 2020 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Senior Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

While we know this unique season may mean that many teams are not following their usual pattern of stocking up in preparation for Kickoff, we still want to help you make informed decisions by letting you know what actuator controllers, MXP boards, and motors will be legal this season.

Get in the Game!

Nov 11, 2020 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

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As of this writing, more than 2,000 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from around the world are going to be joining us for the 2021 season.