FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Game Piece Availability Challenges

Jan 26, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

Every year, FIRST Robotics Competition designs a game that includes one or more objects the robots must manipulate, the ‘game piece.’ Many factors go into determining what this game piece will be. We like to change things up from year to year, so the teams are not always dealing with the same types of challenges.

Develop Ethics Canons before the Crisis

Jan 18, 2018 Written by Liz Calef, FRC Team 88 Mentor & Woodie Flowers Award Winner

Team Avatar Submission System

Jan 15, 2018 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer

As announced in a previous blog postFIRST Robotics Competition teams will be allowed to create and submit Team Avatars that will be used to represent their teams during the FIRST POWER UP season. Today we're proud to announce that the Team Avatar submission system is now open! 

Some Metrics and a New Contest

Jan 11, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

In FIRST Robotics Competition, we use some Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to keep track of the season and measure community response to the game. Some of these measures may be a bit subjective, but things seem to be going well so far:

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve got Answers, and Team Updates

Jan 09, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

The FIRST Robotics Competition Q&A opens tomorrow Wednesday, January 10th, at Noon Eastern Time. The Q&A is the place to ask your questions about the game and get official answers. You can also use it to ask questions about the Event Rules.


Jan 08, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

I hope everyone enjoyed Kickoff this year. I know I did. We had a huge crowd at the Manchester Kickoff and they were excited; lots of smiles and energy!

It’s Coming! And More!

Jan 05, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

It’s Coming!
Oh yeah, it’s coming! The big FIRST Robotics Competition game reveal during Kickoff! Be ready at 10:30 AM Eastern!

Hot Downloads Now and More!

Jan 04, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick


Hot Downloads Now

FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff is this Saturday!

Kit of Parts Info

Jan 03, 2018 Written by Kate Pilotte, FRC Kit of Parts Manager

Great (Kickoff Kit) Expectations

In addition to finding out FIRST POWER UP details on Saturday, each team attending a local Kickoff will also leave with this year’s Kickoff Kit items. We’re giving a deliberately vague “heads up” with to what kind of sizes, weights to expect so you can make accommodations to get the goods back to your build space.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Jan 02, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

As we get ready to start build season, please take a moment to consider safety. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, over and over; nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt over.