FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


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.

Thanks to Team Grant Sponsors!

Dec 01, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Thank you to all our amazing 2018 team grant sponsors!

2018 Motor Controllers and MXP

Nov 29, 2017 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

Detailed information about legal motors and motor controllers for 2018!

Giving Back

Nov 28, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

FIRST asks a great deal of you. From your team registration fees, to your time, to your personal sacrifices, the list could be very long. We want to say ‘thanks’ for everything that you invest in our young people and the so-important mission of FIRST!