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Sing at Championship, 2016 Non-Hints, and WPI Survey Help

Feb 03, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Sing at the FIRST Championship

Think you (and maybe a friend) have what it takes to sing the National Anthem of the United States at the FIRST Championship this April in front of, oh, to a first approximation, a million people? Now’s your chance! We’re having a little contest to select the next FIRST idol. Check out the details here.

Awards, More Awards, and Medallions

Jan 27, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick


Important award submission deadlines coming up! 

  • Chairman’s Award and Woodie Flowers Award – Thursday, February 4th at 3PM Eastern Time
  • Entrepreneurship Award and Dean’s List Award – Thursday, February 11th at 3PM Eastern Time

Find all the details on these awards in Section 6: Awards of the Administrative Manual.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to FIRST STRONGHOLD

Jan 25, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Some folks have expressed an interest in details about how FIRST STRONGHOLD came about. I wanted to explain a little bit about that, and also explain the part our friends, FRC Team 1189, The Gearheads, from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA, played in it.

Enter the FedEx Innovation Challenge to win big money and prizes!

Jan 24, 2016 Today’s blog post is from a special guest, Jason Baker, from the FedEx Innovation Challenge Team.

Hashtags and robots and prizes – oh my!

The 2016 FedEx Innovation Challenge, an interactive social-media competition, is back and this year will be open to all FRC and FTC teams in the US. The Innovation Challenge takes place from January 9 – February 21, 2016.

Part problem solving, part creative challenge, this fun and engaging competition will consist of math and science problems, scavenger hunt activities, and more. Best of all, it’s super easy to play.

Our Mistake and Q612

Jan 21, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Through Q612 on the FRC Q&A we learned that we made a mistake on the drawing for the Rock Wall. The Rock Wall is actually wider than indicated on the drawing.

Stop Build Day (already?), Achievement Streamers, and the Las Vegas Venue

Jan 19, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Stop Build Day

Yep, Stop Build Day is coming, and winter (at least for those teams in the Northern Hemisphere – but we love you, too, teams in the Southern Hemisphere!) is already here.

Team Advancement, 2017 Progress, and History Patches

Jan 13, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Team Advancement

Kickoff and… Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Jan 11, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick


I can tell you that the atmosphere on Saturday at the ‘Mother of all Kickoffs’ in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA was electric. And at the end of game reveal, there were cheers and applause all around. I think I may have even heard a few Champagne corks being popped, though that seemed to be coming from the corner of the bleachers where the FRC Staff was sitting.

From the reaction I’ve seen in the community so far, we may have a winner!

Field Reset

Admin Manual Section 7 and the FIRST STRONGHOLD Logo

Jan 10, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

District Points for Qualification Rounds

Hello teams, hope everyone had a great Kickoff! We'll have more to say about Kickoff in a later blog, but last night I got in an email from Ian Curtis, Mentor from Team 1778, Chill Out, that I wanted to respond to quickly.

Pre-Kickoff Highlights

Jan 08, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

I Just Can’t Get Enough