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Submission Statistics and Unofficial Score Reporting

Mar 16, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Here are some statistics for submissions the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition season you might find interesting.

Digital Animation Award sponsored by AutomationDirect.com

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

Congratulations to FIRST Robotics Competition Team 8592 (a rookie team!), Newton Squared, from Reston, Virginia, USA, for winning the 2021 Digital Animation Award sponsored by AutomationDirect.com!

2021 FIRST Championship and a Reminder

Mar 10, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Have you, or students on your team, been submitted for the Dean’s List Award this year? If so, it’s very important that every nominee signs a FIRST Consent and Release form by the end of March to be eligible for selection as a Dean’s List Award Finalist or Winner

At Home Challenge Submissions

Mar 01, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

We’re so excited to see what FIRST Robotics Competition teams submit for their At Home Challenges this week!

Survey, Yay!

Feb 23, 2021 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

The Kit of Parts,

so close to our hearts.

2021 Judging & Interview Process - Frequently Asked Questions

Feb 17, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We have seen some confusion and chatter on the judging and interview process, so we put together a blog to hopefully help clarify the information.

Learning to Learn

Feb 15, 2021 Written by Kyle Hughes, 2000 WFA Winner & Gail Drake, 2018 WFA Winner

The numerology forecast of 2020 was “A year of miracles, opportunities, and fast-paced energy”. Now, looking back on 2020, it is clear there were miracles, many opportunities, and fast-paced energy!

When the pandemic hit, thousands of people were miraculous in their efforts toward others’ survival and coping. Many opened pathways for others to thrive during a pandemic. New respect evolved for unsung heroes and solutions during the pandemic demanded fast-paced energy from so many. 

Getting in the Game and Some Big News!

Feb 10, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

I hope everyone is getting in the game and enjoying the At Home Challenges! I am so looking forward to seeing what our teams come up with this crazy year.

A Message from the Chief Volunteers

Feb 04, 2021 Written by the Chief Volunteers

“A season unlike any other.” “The new normal.” “Unprecedented times.” We’re sure we aren’t alone in having read or seen these statements used so many times in the past 12 months, that the phrases have practically lost all meaning. 

Become a FIRST Robotics Competition Judge

Feb 01, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

This season is different in many ways, but one thing that is the same is our need for volunteers to help us ensure teams have the best experience! This season, we need help filling the judge role.