FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


This Isn't A Robot, Housing, and Throwing Things

Dec 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Also, some important clarifications about FIRST Championship Housing and a rule update about throwing things from the stands!

2017 Early Release Vouchers and Software

Dec 20, 2016 Written by Jamee Luce, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Advocate


It’s the time of year again! One way to get excited about the upcoming season is to start utilizing all the tools available to teams. Virtual items are included as part of the Kit of Parts system and are available to all secured 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition teams. They consist of software licenses/downloads and Product Donation Vouchers (aka “PDVs” or “vouchers”) and will be posted to the Virtual Kit of Parts site today, December 20, 2016 at 3PM Eastern.

2017 Motor (and Servo?) Controllers and MXP

Dec 16, 2016 Written by Kevin O'Connor, FIRST Robotics Competition Robotics Engineer.

Detailed information about legal actuator controllers and MXP boards for the 2017 season.

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 and Buttons

Dec 15, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 is released tonight at 7PM Eastern! Plus, 2017 buttons!

FIRST Championship District Allocations

Dec 14, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


On Saturday, we took a snapshot of ‘secured’ teams from the Districts and FIRST Robotics Competition overall. Teams are ‘secured’ if they have either paid their registration fee or have provided us with a purchase order or letter of commitment from a grantor or sponsor formally committing to payment.

FIRST Championship Housing Registration

Dec 12, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

It's time to start thinking about Housing Registration for the 2017 FIRST Championship! All the information you need is here!

Award Submission Due Dates – Plan for Success!

Dec 09, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Keep up to date on all the Awards Deadlines and Information! It's never too early to start planning for the Submitted Awards!

FIRST Choice Round 1: Slight Delay & a Tweak

Dec 08, 2016 Written by the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Team.

Important information about the release of FIRST Choice Round 1 results, plus a small change in one of the items.

Judged Awards in 2017

Dec 02, 2016 Written by Cindy Stong and Allen Bancroft, FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Judge Advisors.

Exciting news about Awards this season! All judged team awards wil lbe given out Day 2, plus teams are strongly encouraged to bring one adult observer into the the interview room for the Chairman's Award interview!

Documentation: Reboot

Dec 01, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Manager, on behalf of a cross-functional team.

Exciting news about the documentation changes for FIRST Robotics Competition teams! Be sure to check out how the Admin Manual and Game Manual are changing!