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Pre-Kickoff Virtual Kit Items

Dec 09, 2015 Today's post is from the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Team.

 

We’re blogging today to announce the go-live date for pre-Kickoff Virtual Kit items. Items are included as part of the Kit of Parts system and are available to all registered and secured 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition teams. They consist of software licenses/downloads and Product Donation Vouchers (aka “PDVs” or “vouchers”) and will be posted to the Virtual Kit of Parts site tomorrow, December 10, 2015 (noon Eastern).

Championship Badging and Housing Registration Opening

Dec 08, 2015 Written by Frank Merrick

It’s already time to start registering for the 2016 FIRST Championship!

Behind the Lines: Season 2, Episode 5

Dec 02, 2015 Today's blog post was written by Jamee Luce, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Advocate

Join GameSense and FIRST for the fifth episode of Behind The Lines, Season 2! LIVE Tonight, 12/2/15 from 9 to 10 PM ET!

This week, we will be talking about Mechanism Design with our three awesome guests:

Lucien Junkin: from Team 118 on Intakes

Allen Gregory: from Team 3847 on Shooters

Adam Heard: from Team 973 on Arms

2016 National Advocacy Conference

Dec 01, 2015 Written by Frank Merrick

Presented by FRC Team 27, Team RUSH, the 3rd Annual FIRST National Advocacy Conference will take place in Washington, DC June 19-21, 2016. If you are a team from the US who is interested in learning to advocate for the importance of FIRST and STEM education on Capitol Hill, this is your chance! You can find all the details here and register here.

Get Ready to Make FIRST Choices

Nov 18, 2015 Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition's Kit of Parts Manager

I’ve challenged myself to write this blog in a way that it has all the information needed if you’re new (or need a refresher), but also so experts out there can just skim the bolded content and get the gist. Here goes…

We’re doing FIRST Choice again. If you already know what FIRST Choice is, you can skip this part. If you’re still reading, you’re a rookie team, want a refresher, or can’t resist reading something you were told you could skip.

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Nov 18, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

What’s a FIRST Senior Mentor (FSM)? And why should you reach out to your FSM?

Nov 12, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

 

Today's blog post was written by Ashley Liles, FIRST® Senior Mentor/AmeriCorps VISTA Programs Manager.

What’s an FSM? Another wonderful FIRST acronym, FSM stands for FIRST Senior Mentor.

Behind the Lines: Prototyping

Nov 11, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Today’s blog post was written by Erin Bourassa, FRC Program Manager.

Tonight's topic for Behind the Lines is "Effective Prototyping Strategies".

GameSense has lined up some of the best prototypers in the FRC community! This show is going to be very informative and exciting. Make sure to stick around for the Q&A section at the end.

The show will air, November 11th, 2015 at 9:00pm EST and will feature:

Paul Ventimiglia, FRC 254 mentor, 2014 World Champions, Designer of Bite Force, 2015 Battlebots Champion

Get Ready to Make FIRST Choices

Nov 10, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Today’s blog post was written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition’s Kit of Parts Manager.

I’ve challenged myself to write this blog in a way that it has all the information needed if you’re new (or need a refresher), but also so experts out there can just skim the bolded content and get the gist. Here goes…

We’re doing FIRST Choice again. If you already know what FIRST Choice is, you can skip this part. If you’re still reading, you’re a rookie team, want a refresher, or can’t resist reading something you were told you could skip.

Something New – Team ‘Standards’

Nov 04, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff