FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


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!

FIRST Championship and Religious Holidays

Nov 01, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Detailed information about religious exceptions during FIRST Championship Houston.

Openings and Closings

Oct 30, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Three Registrations are opening on Thursday. Plus the Rookie Grant is closing on Thursday! 

Animation Awards and Wild Cards

Oct 25, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

The two Animation Awards are now open! Plus Wild Cards will be back for the 2019 FIRST Championship!

2019 Awards Update

Oct 19, 2018 Written by Cindy Stong & Allen Bancroft, Co-Chief Judge Advisors.

Important updates about the Awards for the 2019 season from our Co-Chief Judge Advisors!

China Update

Oct 17, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about the recent changes in the 2019 Chinese Regional Competitions.