FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Guest Blog: Inspection Reflection, Part 1

Feb 25, 2022 Written by Al Skierkiewicz & Chuck Dickerson, FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Robot Inspectors

We’ve been invited to share some thoughts, observations, and recommendations as your Chief Robot Inspectors. We’re excited to share with you, and plan to do so in two parts. This is Part 1, and we’ll follow up with Part 2 shortly. Part 1 is mostly tactical; we wanted to share things to look for as you start to transition from “build” to “compete.”

FIRST Mentor Network

Feb 23, 2022 Written by the FIRST Volunteer Resources Team

We want all FIRST® Robotics Competition teams and team members to feel successful as you engage in team meetings, the next iteration of your competition robot, competitions, and a brighter future, but you may not always have the resources you need close by. 

Robots are Back!

Feb 21, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

Woohoo! It’s happening!

I stopped by the official Week 0 scrimmage event in Bedford, New Hampshire, USA, this past Saturday. Huge shout-out to FIRST Robotics Competition Team 509, Red Storm, for being such amazing hosts!

FIRST® Championship Potpourri

Feb 16, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FRC Senior Program Manager + Fiona Hanlon, FRC Team Experience Specialist + Kevin O’Connor, FRC Senior Robotics Engineer

We’re just a few short weeks from our Week 1 events, and with that, we wanted to share more information about FIRST Championship.

A NEW Woodie Flowers Tradition is coming to an event near you, in 2022!!!

Feb 14, 2022 Written by Woodie Flowers Award Winners

In the early years of FIRST, Woodie, wearing his denim shirt, was a staple at every tournament. As FIRST grew, it became virtually impossible for him to be at every tournament because of the multiple tournaments each weekend! 

2022 Digital Animation Award Winner sponsored by

Feb 11, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

2022 RAPID REACT Audience Displays

Feb 10, 2022 Written by Matt Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition Senior Electrical Engineering Manager

Greetings, teams! Today’s blog today is all about the Audience Display and is our annual sneak peek at a few of the graphics you’ll see on the big screen at your events. Please remember that team numbers, names, ranks, cards, performance, events, or descriptions are for illustrative purposes only!

Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL Winner and Finalists

Feb 03, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition is delighted to announce the winner and finalists for the 2022 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL!

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I)

Feb 01, 2022 Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition has recently taken more steps forward in our work prioritizing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and I wanted to make you aware of them.

Remote Judging Update

Jan 25, 2022 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Engagement Specialist

Back in November, we released a blog that shared that Single-Day Events are judged remotely. At the time, the plan was that traditional events would conduct judging in-person (although events could choose to do Dean’s List remotely).