FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Survey, Yay!

Feb 23, 2021 Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager

The Kit of Parts,

so close to our hearts.

2021 Judging & Interview Process - Frequently Asked Questions

Feb 17, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

We have seen some confusion and chatter on the judging and interview process, so we put together a blog to hopefully help clarify the information.

Learning to Learn

Feb 15, 2021 Written by Kyle Hughes, 2000 WFA Winner & Gail Drake, 2018 WFA Winner

The numerology forecast of 2020 was “A year of miracles, opportunities, and fast-paced energy”. Now, looking back on 2020, it is clear there were miracles, many opportunities, and fast-paced energy!

When the pandemic hit, thousands of people were miraculous in their efforts toward others’ survival and coping. Many opened pathways for others to thrive during a pandemic. New respect evolved for unsung heroes and solutions during the pandemic demanded fast-paced energy from so many. 

Getting in the Game and Some Big News!

Feb 10, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

I hope everyone is getting in the game and enjoying the At Home Challenges! I am so looking forward to seeing what our teams come up with this crazy year.

A Message from the Chief Volunteers

Feb 04, 2021 Written by the Chief Volunteers

“A season unlike any other.” “The new normal.” “Unprecedented times.” We’re sure we aren’t alone in having read or seen these statements used so many times in the past 12 months, that the phrases have practically lost all meaning. 

Become a FIRST Robotics Competition Judge

Feb 01, 2021 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Program Specialist

This season is different in many ways, but one thing that is the same is our need for volunteers to help us ensure teams have the best experience! This season, we need help filling the judge role.

National Mentoring Month

Jan 25, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST and FIRST Robotics Competition are celebrating National Mentoring Month!

PTC Resources for FIRST Robotics Competition

Jan 21, 2021 Written by McKenzie Brunelle, PTC Education Outreach Programs Coordinator and FRC Team 2648 Alumna

If your team is working hard to find ways to design, prototype, and build a robot under these unique social-distancing circumstances, then you aren’t much different from the engineers in the workforce! How do you collaborate on the same model, provide real-time feedback and build a robot that is ready to compete, all while remote?

Digital Animation Award, Calendar, Season Resources

Jan 18, 2021 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

The FIRST Offices are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, but we still have some updates for you.

Bring Your CAD Model to Life Virtually

Jan 14, 2021 Written by Kira Corbett, Autodesk Software Developer and FIRST Alumna

Seize this moment to advance your CAD skills!

Have you and your team fully immersed yourselves in computer-aided design (CAD)? With many teams out there using CAD to design custom parts, taking advantage of the right tools can help bring your designs to the next level.