FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


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!

FIRST Choice FUN Tonight

Nov 27, 2017 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager.

Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager, will be joining FUN (FIRST Updates Now) tonight, along with other guests, to discuss FIRST Choice!

FIRST Choice, NASA Grants, Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 22, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


”Happy Thanksgiving Turkey FIRST Robotics Competition

Running is a good decision at this point in the calendar.

Window Shopping for FIRST Championship Housing

Nov 20, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information, including links, to the Championship Preview Housing websites. Check out the available options now and be ready for the opening in December!

So Many Things...

Nov 16, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Edit: 11/17/17 to correct language about criteria for seeing FIRST Choice login credentials. Additional details and reminders about Registration Payments, Kit of Parts, Event Housing, the Safety Animation Award, and Team Standards and Banners.

PreKickoff Kit of Parts Information

Nov 15, 2017 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager (but really the product of work by the whole Kit of Parts Team).

Details about the new Kit Of Parts page, FIRST Choice, and the Pre-kickoff Release of the Virtual Kit.

Something New – Team Avatars

Nov 09, 2017 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer.

Avatars have been used in arcade video games since the early-mid 1970’s, and have become a way to represent and identify players and personalities. 

Award Portals & Some Tips

Nov 09, 2017 Written by Allen Bancroft & Cindy Stong, Co-Chief Judge Advisors

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year – Today at Noon, the Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Entrepreneurship portals were opened!

International Game Pieces and Kit and Kickoff Registration

Nov 07, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


International Game Pieces

As we said in this blog, teams outside the United States have the option of receiving an extra set of game pieces in their Kickoff kits in exchange for 20% of their FIRST Choice credits. This option closes this Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Noon Eastern Time. See the blog for more details. If you want to exercise this option, please be sure to do so by the deadline!