FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


FIRST STEAMWORKS Audience Displays

Feb 28, 2017 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer

Are you wondering what the Audience Displays will look like this year? Check them out here!

More Consistent Webcasting and a Few Event 'Carefuls'

Feb 27, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Great news about the webcasting standardization that is starting this year, plus make sure that safety rules are being following, even when you are Steampunk'd out!

New Chief Volunteer

Feb 27, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Congratulations to Paul George on being named the new Chief Field Supervisor!


Feb 24, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick and Andy Baker.


From Frank:

For things that must be done, it’s always a good idea to have a ‘Plan B’. With FIRST STEAMWORKS, the field must be able to count the fuel being scored in the boiler. And while we have confidence in our equipment being able to handle that very well, things happen. 

Stop Build Day and Digital Animation Award Winner!

Feb 21, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Take note of the Stop Build Day time change! And take a look at the Digital Animation Award Winner!

Official Week Zero and Regional Slots Open

Feb 16, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Be sure to check out the Week 0 Webcast on Saturday! And, have you considered attending another event? There's still space in lots of places and there's still time to sign up!

Two More Awards This Week!

Feb 15, 2017 Written by Lori Burkhamer and Miriam Somero, Area Managers, FIRST Robotics Competition.

Details about the next 2 awards due this week: Entrepreneurship and FIRST Dean's List!

Defense, Drones, and LEGOs

Feb 06, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

New England Defense? Drones at the Superbowl! And check out the new LEGO set! We need your votes!

Improved Match Scheduling and More!

Feb 03, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


Improved Match Scheduling

We hear you. This season, because of the way the FIRST STEAMWORKS’ field is configured, team station assignments can have a significant impact on gameplay. 

Don't Be Large and Another Awards Reminder

Feb 01, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Make sure to read G04 and R03 of the 2017 Game & Season Manual! Don't forget that the Submitted Awards are due soon!