Kit of Parts

 

Each season, FIRST Robotics Competition teams receive Kits of Parts (KoP). The KoP is not designed to be a "bolt together" solution to play the game, but is a starting point, containing mostly donated components from Suppliers across multiple industries. For technical information about some of those components, visit the Screensteps repository

FIRST Robotics Competition Suppliers are an incredibly supportive group who are proud to be involved in the hardest fun you'll ever have! Be sure to thank them when you see them at our events!

Please note, the information on this page is staged for the upcoming 2021 GAME CHANGERSSM season. Archived Kit of Parts information season is here

The KoP System consists of three parts, available to teams through a variety of sources.

Kickoff Kit

FIRST Choice

Virtual Kit

 

Kit of Parts overview

 

Kit of Parts Timeline: 2021 Season (Replacement Parts process/dates not yet released for 2021.)

Key KOP Deadlines

All deadlines are noon, Eastern. 

Virtual Kit: pre-Kickoff voucher release Nov. 19, 2020  Add to Calendar
Kickoff Kit: shipping begins Dec. 2, 2020  Add to Calendar
Virtual Kit: Kickoff voucher release Jan. 9, 2021  Add to Calendar
FIRST Choice: opens for Priority List creation Jan. 9, 2021  Add to Calendar
FIRST Choice: Priority Lists locked Jan. 21, 2021  Add to Calendar
FIRST Choice: open ordering opens Feb. 1, 2021  Add to Calendar
FIRST Choice: closed Jun. 21, 2021  Add to Calendar

 

 

 


Kickoff Kit Detail

A box of parts delivered to teams at the start of the season...

The Kickoff Kit consists of items that we pack in totes (mostly in totes, there are typically exceptions for late or big items) and distributed to all teams.

There are two permutations of this: one set of items that go to all teams and a second set of items that goes to 1st year, aka “rookie,” teams.

Kickoff Kit: Size & Weight

  • Not yet released for 2021.

Checklists

  • Not yet released for 2021.

Missing or Damaged Kickoff Kit Items

We strongly recommend that one of the first things you do after receipt is to inventory your Kickoff Kit. If anything is missing or damaged 1) we’re so sorry! and 2) you need to let us know and we’ll make it right.

The process we use to get information from you is not yet released for 2021.

 

 

 


FIRST Choice Detail

Items available via an online menu in exchange for credits issued to all teams...

 

 

Teams get items from FIRST Choice using either the Priority List system or via a traditional "open" ordering process. 

Key dates are listed in the timeline above and embedded in the flowchart below.

FIRST Choice Flowchart:

Priority Lists

FIRST and AndyMark use a priority list system to invite teams to indicate what they'd like and distribute items in a way that doesn't result in a mad cyber rush to get to high value inventory that a typical first-come, first-serve model does.

Here's how it works:

  1. Each team makes a list & updates shipping detail. A team creates a Priority List (a prioritized list of FIRST Choice items that a team would like) in their FIRST Choice account, and the lists are locked at a specific time/date (see timeline above). Shipping charges will apply (you'll see an initial authorization charge, amount varies depending on the shipping method chosen, but it's not actually a charge to the card; once the order is packed and shipped, the actual charge will be applied to the card on file), and a billing address, a shipping address, and credit card information must be provided before creating your Priority List. Additional charges may apply for international teams, for which the team is responsible, and AndyMark will address on a case by case basis.
    • Login information for the FIRST Choice site will be posted in each team’s registration account on Kickoff day and will be viewable by lead mentors 1 and 2 (look for "FIRST Choice credentials" in the "Current Passwords/Voucher Codes" menu). 
    • Only teams who have registered as 2021 event participants or have secured payment will have access to their login information, and thus only those teams will be able to create and submit a Priority List.
    • Priority Lists will be created using (and only accepted via) the Priority List feature on the FIRST Choice site.
    • Priority Lists are saved each time the user adds an item to their Priority List or clicks "Update" on the Priority List View after making edits (letting teams add, subtract, and reprioritize items until the deadline).
    • Upon the deadline, any existing Priority Lists are locked, processed, and no additional changes may be made (we strongly encourage you complete your list at least a day before the due date to avoid unexpected delays or surprises).
    • If you feel overwhelmed by the options, there are sample lists like “pneumatics” or “vision” available for quick selection. You can select a sample list for your priority list – or use it to get started and edit/customize as you see fit. There are options on each list to Add to your current list or clear your existing list and start fresh, so use caution when clicking.
    • Any priority list submitted by a team that has not secured 2021 payment with FIRST by noon (eastern time), Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 will be discarded before lists are ported in to the auto draft system (please anticipate at least one business day for registration payment to be processed and the updated status to be relayed to AndyMark).
  2. AndyMark randomly ranks lists. After lists are locked, each list with at least one item is assigned a random rank (the order in which individual teams complete their Priority Lists before the deadline does not affect their rank). 
  3. Items are assigned. In rank order, AndyMark’s auto draft system queries the team’s highest priority item and, provided the team has the credits and FIRST Choice has the inventory, issue the item to the team. This applies to each Priority List line item as ranked. If the team doesn't have enough Credits to cover the entire amount (but at least one) or FIRST Choice inventory doesn't have the entire quantity (but at least one), the team will get as many as their credits/FIRST Choice inventory allow. If credits or inventory can’t cover one, it will move on to the next ranked item so the team is not skipped for that round. Once the draft system gets to the last ranked Priority List, the draft system will query that last Priority List’s next item and work its way back up the ranks (for Teams that know how we’ve done Alliance Selection in the past, this serpentine process probably seems familiar). This draft continues until inventory’s gone or Priority Lists are exhausted. Inventory is then updated for the next phase of FIRST Choice. We will not publicly publish teams’ Priority Lists, the assigned rankings, or final order contents.
  4. AndyMark ships your order!

Open Ordering

The open ordering phase of FIRST Choice is a traditional first-come, first-serve ordering process. Teams add items to their carts and check-out using credits remaining after the priority list phases. 

Still not sure how this all looks? Hopefully How to FIRST Choice can help...

 

 


Virtual Kit Detail

Products available directly from the Supplier either via download or direct order...

Items added at Kickoff indicated with *

Product Donation Vouchers

Not yet released for 2021.

Software

Not yet released for 2021.

Virtual Kit Item Details

 Not yet released for 2021.