FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Did You Feel That?

Jan 02, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

Did you? That little rumble? That little shaking in your stomach? Just the slightest tremor, but enough to make the water in your glass ripple?

Award Submission Date Reminders and Build Season Weather

Dec 28, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick


Award Submission Date Reminders

As we’ve said probably a dozen times, the best way to make sure you are on time for something is to plan to be early. FIRST Robotics Competition Award submissions are great examples of things for which you’ll want to be on time.

As a reminder, the deadlines are below. Please consider setting earlier internal team deadlines, so you aren’t sweating it out last minute hoping you hit the button in time.

Suicide Hits Home

Dec 27, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

Martha Dickey is the Stewardship Manager in the FIRST Development Department. The Development Department is the group within FIRST that works hard to ensure we have the sponsorships we need to continue meeting our mission. Martha and the rest of the Development group are the kind of behind-the-scenes folks our teams are unlikely ever to meet, or even hear about. But their work is critical in powering the FIRST engine in delivering life-changing programs to thousands of young people.

More Event Rules Updates

Dec 21, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

A few years ago, we did away with the Administrative Manual for FIRST Robotics Competition, opting instead to put most of the information that had been in that manual right on the website. The idea was that much of the Administrative Manual was ‘evergreen’ in that the information and rules rarely changed from season to season, so it made little sense to keep them locked away and secret like the game rules.

FIRST Championship Allocation for Districts and FIRST POWER UP Buttons

Dec 20, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

We’ve determined the number of FIRST Championship slots the Districts are getting in 2018. See the table below:

Kneeling During National Anthems

Dec 18, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

In the United States, some National Football League (NFL) players have knelt during the playing of the United States National Anthem at the start of games. They are doing this as a way to highlight the problem of racism in this country, or to show support for their teammates on this issue, or both. This act of protest has become a hot topic in the US, with many voices offering their opinions.

Volunteer In-Training, Shadowing, Oh My!

Dec 14, 2017 Written by Amanda Bean, FIRST Robotics Competition, Volunteer Resource Coordinator

Hello FIRST Volunteers,

As you know, FIRST Robotics Competition is an ever-growing program and as FIRST Robotics Competition grows so does our need for volunteers. FIRST wants to ensure that we give you, our volunteers, the best training and support that we can, while creating a great volunteer experience. We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the support we provide.

To Boldly Kit*…

Dec 07, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick

Star Trek: The Next Generation. Magnifleeque.


What’s more exciting than serving aboard the Starship Enterprise? Certainly near the top of everyone’s list is being a Kit of Parts Engineer for the FIRST Robotics Competition!

Regional Webcasts and the Kickoff Broadcast

Dec 06, 2017 Written by Alex Herreid, Software Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

Detailed information about the Regional Webcasts as well as the FIRST POWER UP Kickoff Broadcast!

Behind the Lines, Safety Animation, and FIRST Championship Housing

Dec 05, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

The next Behind the Lines episode is tomorrow night, 12/6, at 8pm ET. Also, a reminder about Championship Housing Registration and the Safety Animation Award.