FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Hotels, Hotels, Hotels, and FIRST Choice

Nov 30, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Be sure to check out all the great housing opportunities that are now available, plus FIRST Choice Round 1 priority lists are locked in on Wednesday, December 5 at Noon Eastern!

Join Us for a Computer Science Education Week Special Twitch Episode

Nov 29, 2018 Written by Jacob Komar, FIRSTtv Producer.

Join us on Wednesday, December 5 at Noon ET for a special "Let's Build" show in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

Robot Transportation Assistance, Safety Animation, FIRST Choice, and Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Robot Transportation Exemptions are now available! Application deadline is Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3pm. Plus, get your Safety Animation Award submission ready and FIRST Choice is now open! Don't forget our office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 21 at 3pm ET through Monday, November 26 at 8:30am ET.

New Regional Being Added in California in 2019

Nov 20, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about an additional Regional Event in Southern California for the 2019 season.

Experiencing "Deep Space": a VR Project Update

Nov 16, 2018 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager

Virtual Kit, Kickoffs, Payments, and a Special Post-Kickoff Show

Nov 15, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

The Virtual Kit is available! Plus, be sure to sign up for your Kickoff. Remember that initial payment is due Monday, November 19 at 5pm Eastern. Also, an exciting announcement about a live show after the Kickoff broadcast!

2019 Motor Controllers and MXP

Nov 14, 2018 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

Information about the actuator controllers, MXP boards, and motors that will be legal for the 2019 season.

Stop Build Day in 2019 and 2020

Nov 13, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about Stop Build Day for 2019 and 2020.

FIRST TV Episode and New DLC Pack

Nov 09, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Join us on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm ET for an announcement and preview about a significant change to the season! Plus a new DLC pack here!

Manchester Kickoff and a Second Regional in Turkey

Nov 02, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information for those teams planning to attend the Manchester Kickoff. Plus, we have added another Regional in Turkey for 2019!