FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Stop Build Day Survey Clarification and Return of an Award

Sep 07, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

No significant changes will be made to the Stop Build Day system for 2017. We welcome the return of the Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct in 2017!

Stop Build Day Survey

Sep 06, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


Today we’re releasing a very important survey to the community about Stop Build Day. There has been much discussion recently in our community and within FIRST HQ about this topic, and we want to hear from folks in a more systematic way. An email blast is going out to all FRC teams today encouraging them to respond. We really want to hear from as many folks as possible!

The 2017 FRC Season Teaser and More!

Sep 01, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

The 2017 FRC Season Teaser is coming. Plus some science fiction tidbits that are fun!

2017 FIRST Championships Allocations for Districts

Aug 31, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information on the 2017 District Allocations for the FIRST Championships.

2017 Einsteins and more!

Aug 26, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Both 2017 FIRST Championships will have Einstein fields, and information about standardizing the Stop Build Day (Time).

Bride of 2017 Updates (Classic Sequel to '2017 Updates'. Many assert it's actually the better blog*.)

Aug 23, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

More updates for 2017, including Israel transitioning to the District and the announcement of the 4 new Championship subdivision names.

District Teams attending Regionals

Aug 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Changes to the rules about District Teams that attend Regional events in 2017, specifically, District Teams will not be eligible for the Chairman's, Engineering Inspiration, or Rookie All-Star Award at Regional Events in 2017.

2017 Updates

Aug 17, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Updates for the 2017 Season, including basic information about the China Regional, 6 subdivisions at each Championship, changing the number of Championship Slots from Regionals, and Robot Transportation Exemptions. More detailed information to follow!

FIRST on The Fosters

Aug 11, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

As you may have seen in the team email blast from last week, FIRST is being featured on The Fosters!

Inter-District Play for 2017

Aug 02, 2016 Today's Guest Blog Post is written by Miriam Somero, FIRST Robotics Competition Area Manager.

Detailed information about how the inter-district play will work in 2017, including information about the registration process and costs.