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2016-09-17 11:30:19

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2016-09-17 11:30:19

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2016-09-18 11:41:24

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FRC Blog
2016-09-20 12:39:16

Week 7 Events and FIRST Championship Attendance Information about attending Week 7 events and the 2017 Houston Championship.

FRC Blog
2016-09-20 16:09:14

IMPORTANT Registration News and Much More Exciting Registration News, including step-by-step instructions to registering and how to know if your Team is ready! Plus a reminder about the Stop Build Day Survey and Beta Testing. AND it is Teaser Day! Join us tonight at 7pm!

dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2016-09-20 17:22:08

teaser is out! here’s a youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37GBEBLfhWA

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dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2016-09-20 17:22:17

steam! flying! (!!!!)

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2016-09-20 17:23:02

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riyadth (riyadth@gmail.com)
2016-09-20 18:15:56

FIRST Steamworks downloadable content - logos, wallpapers, ringtones, posters.

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2016-09-21 16:22:28

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2016-09-21 16:23:04

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2016-09-21 16:24:21

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FRC Blog
2016-09-21 18:39:16

Initial Event Registration and Teaser Sharing Reminder about Initial Event Registration on Thursday, September 22, 2017 at Noon Eastern. Plus, share the FRC Teaser!

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2016-09-21 20:17:01

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FRC Blog
2016-09-22 21:09:17

The Great Registration System Crash of 2016 I am so sorry for the trouble we experienced with initial event registration today. We at FIRST HQ really do understand the investment of resources teams make to participate in our programs, and teams have the right to expect that we will be holding up our end of the deal by making things happen like we say we will. We failed to do that in this instance, and once again, I apologize.

FRC Blog
2016-09-23 15:04:15

Initial Event Registration Update Initial Event Registration has been postponed to the week of October 3.

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2016-09-24 08:49:06

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FRC Blog
2016-09-27 15:14:17

Veteran Team Drive Base Option and Registration Progress The Drive Base Opt Out is now available! Also, a quick Registration Update.

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2016-09-28 09:08:36

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FRC Blog
2016-09-30 15:04:18

FIRST Robotics Competition Registration Update Exciting news about the 2017 Initial Event Registration! Be sure to read the full text here!

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2016-10-02 10:49:17

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FRC Blog
2016-10-04 09:09:18

Registration Update and Reminder Reminder that Initial District Event Registration opens Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Noon Eastern and Initial Regional Event Registration opens Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Noon Eastern.

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2016-10-04 21:40:16

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FRC Blog
2016-10-05 15:09:15

Event Registrations, Behind the Lines, and Drive Base Opt-Out Initial Event Registration for Regional Teams opens tomorrow (10/6) at Noon Eastern. Plus Behind The Lines premiers tonight (10/5) at 8pm Eastern! Check out the Champion Chairman's Award Winners as they talk about how to improve your team! Don't forget that Drive Base Opt-Out ends Thursday (10/6) at Noon Eastern.

FRC Blog
2016-10-06 15:19:16

Regional Registration Issues Detailed information about today's Regional Initial Event Registration.

FRC Blog
2016-10-07 09:14:14

Important Dates Updates to the Season Calendar now available! 2nd District Event Registration will happen on 10/13 at Noon Eastern. 2nd Regional Event Registration will happen on 10/20 at Noon Eastern. Read the blog for additional dates!

FRC Blog
2016-10-11 16:14:16

2nd District Event Registration Thursday – Important New Information 2nd District Event Registration for Michigan and Pacific Northwest Teams will open at 11 AM Eastern on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Registration for MI and PNW will temporarily close at 11:45 AM Eastern on Thursday, October 13, 2016. 2nd District Event Registration will open for ALL DISTRICT TEAMS at Noon Eastern on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

FRC Blog
2016-10-12 09:19:16

2nd District Event Registration and 2017 Medals Reminder that 2nd Event Registration is open for DISTRICT TEAMS on Thursday, October 13 at Noon Eastern. Michigan and Pacific Northwest Teams can register starting at 11 AM Eastern on Thursday, October 13. Also, check out the FIRST STEAMWORKS medals!

FRC Blog
2016-10-13 15:24:15

Control System Update A new (old) radio announcement paired with WPI library news. Plus, the list of 2017 Beta Test Teams!

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2016-10-14 12:59:39

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FRC Blog
2016-10-17 15:29:16

More than Dressing Up, District Registration, and Beta Team Correction Vintage Tomorrows is a great document about the Steampunk movement. The preview is below! Also, we are looking forward to 2nd Regional Event Registration on Thursday, 10/20 at Noon Eastern! And a correction to the Beta Test blog.

FRC Blog
2016-10-19 15:29:16

Safety and 2nd Regional Event Registration The 2017 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL has released its theme! Plus, 2nd Regional Event Registration opens tomorrow, October 20th, at Noon Eastern.

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2016-10-19 15:29:41

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FRC Blog
2016-10-21 09:29:15

Stop Build Day Survey Results The results from the 2017 Stop Build Day Survey are here!

FRC Blog
2016-10-25 14:59:18

So Much Information! I’m not even sure where to start, so I’m just going to dive in….

FIRST Championship Veteran Waitlist Registration and Pre-Qualified Team Registration

FRC Blog
2016-10-26 14:49:19

FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Volunteer Coordinators Thanks for our long-time Chief VC, Jess Boucher, and welcome to our two new Chief VCs, Jess Jankowitsch and Laurie Shimizu!

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2016-10-26 18:43:52

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2016-10-27 14:44:19

What a Way to End the Week Don't miss this great blog about the Digital Animation Award, the DLC Pack 2, plus Frank's weekend plans!

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2016-10-27 18:07:19

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2016-11-01 12:24:03

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FRC Blog
2016-11-01 14:59:17

FIRST Championship Waitlists, Attending Your Non-Home Event, and FIRST Championship Housing Waitlists for FIRST Championship information is here! Registration for Waitlists opens on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 3pm Eastern Time. Are you interested in attending your non-home FIRST Championship? Details below, including FIRST Championship Housing Registration Information!

FRC Blog
2016-11-03 14:59:17

2017 International Game Piece Option Are you a non-US team? This is your chance to opt in for an extra set of game elements in your Kickoff Kit in exchange for an inflated number of FIRST Choice credits! Opt in period is open from Tuesday, November 8 at Noon ET to Tuesday, November 15 at Noon ET.

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2016-11-06 17:40:19

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FRC Blog
2016-11-07 19:49:19

STIMS and Steampunk Information about the STIMS (FIRST Team Management Information System) as well as a FUN show tonight at 8:30pm ET!

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2016-11-09 18:34:06

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FRC Blog
2016-11-14 13:54:20

Grab Bag Don't miss the Fundraising Toolkit Video Series! Plus information about the Behind The Lines Episode on Wednesday, 11/16, at 8:00 PM Eastern. The 2017 FIRST Championship Eligibility Criteria has been posted, and the Media and Technology Innovation Award will NOT be available in 2017.

FRC Blog
2016-11-16 13:54:21

Kit and Kickoff Registration Reminder Don't forget to sign up for your Kit & Kickoff location! It's the only the way to make sure your Kickoff Kit is waiting for you at the appropriate place on Kickoff!

FRC Blog
2016-11-17 14:09:22

Important Deadline Changes  

To give both FRC teams and FIRST HQ more time to take care of several important tasks, we are going to be extending upcoming deadlines as shown below.

FRC Blog
2016-11-18 19:54:24

FIRST Choice 2017 Detailed information about the 2017 FIRST Choice Program! FIRST Choice will open Monday, November 21 at Noon Eastern for Round 1. Read carefully below to understand how to find passwords, see the detailed schedule, and understand what teams will have access.

FRC Blog
2016-11-21 14:04:21

Team Banners, History Patches, and Achievement Streamers for 2017 Exciting news about the return of Team Banners! Plus an update about the History Patches and Achievement Streamers from 2016. 

FRC Blog
2016-11-22 19:54:27

Help Your Neighbors and Downloadable Content Pack 3 Have you ever thought about reaching out to your neighboring FIRST Robotics Competition teams to give a little encouragement? Now is the time! Reach out to your neighbors! Lend a hand! Also, we are still looking for DLC Pack 3 Content! Submit yours today!

FRC Blog
2016-11-29 14:04:22

Diversity and Inclusion Training, STIMS, and the FIRST Youth Protection Program for Volunteers Don't miss our new Diversity and Inclusion Training Video Segments, Invisible Inequity, on the Schoology platform! Plus, we have made some awesome changes to STIMS and don't forget, it's time to volunteer for events!

FRC Blog
2016-12-01 15:59:22

Documentation: Reboot Exciting news about the documentation changes for FIRST Robotics Competition teams! Be sure to check out how the Admin Manual and Game Manual are changing!

FRC Blog
2016-12-02 10:04:24

Judged Awards in 2017 Exciting news about Awards this season! All judged team awards wil lbe given out Day 2, plus teams are strongly encouraged to bring one adult observer into the the interview room for the Chairman's Award interview!

FRC Blog
2016-12-08 10:04:29

FIRST Choice Round 1: Slight Delay & a Tweak Important information about the release of FIRST Choice Round 1 results, plus a small change in one of the items.

FRC Blog
2016-12-09 10:04:31

Award Submission Due Dates – Plan for Success! Keep up to date on all the Awards Deadlines and Information! It's never too early to start planning for the Submitted Awards!

FRC Blog
2016-12-12 16:14:19

FIRST Championship Housing Registration It's time to start thinking about Housing Registration for the 2017 FIRST Championship! All the information you need is here!

FRC Blog
2016-12-14 16:04:24

FIRST Championship District Allocations  

On Saturday, we took a snapshot of ‘secured’ teams from the Districts and FIRST Robotics Competition overall. Teams are ‘secured’ if they have either paid their registration fee or have provided us with a purchase order or letter of commitment from a grantor or sponsor formally committing to payment.

FRC Blog
2016-12-15 16:09:23

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 and Buttons Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 is released tonight at 7PM Eastern! Plus, 2017 buttons!

dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2016-12-16 15:41:44

hey - there's a game hint here! (5 person drive team?)

😆 Clio Batali, rose_bandrowski
riyadth (riyadth@gmail.com)
2016-12-16 15:52:15

Maybe we need to implement AI in the robot, and it becomes the fifth member of the drive team.

FRC Blog
2016-12-16 16:14:46

2017 Motor (and Servo?) Controllers and MXP Detailed information about legal actuator controllers and MXP boards for the 2017 season.

riyadth (riyadth@gmail.com)
2016-12-17 13:36:56

I noticed in one of the DLC images show 6 people working on a robot, but on the wall there is a portrait of only 5 of them. Maybe there will be 5 on the drive team...

riyadth (riyadth@gmail.com)
2016-12-17 13:37:05

Did anyone else see any clues in the DLC files?

dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2016-12-17 13:55:14

I noticed that there was no water … 😃

jack (jack@phroa.net)
2016-12-17 14:01:49

Have they done DLC packs before?

jack (jack@phroa.net)
2016-12-17 14:02:11

I don't remember getting wallpapers and ringtones...

chrisrin (chrisrin@microsoft.com)
2016-12-17 14:59:55

One of the ringtones was a train whistle - robot on rails?

joncoonan (jonathancoonan@gmail.com)
2016-12-18 09:05:28

That ties into a theory @alex_lf had

joncoonan (jonathancoonan@gmail.com)
2016-12-18 09:05:59

I’ll let him explain

jack (jack@phroa.net)
2016-12-18 10:50:43

I'd say we'll be feeding coal into a train firebox but that's pretty anti-recycling and -clean energy

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tom_wiggin (twigginthecool@gmail.com)
2016-12-18 15:19:35

We could look at DARPAS Nuclear Powerplant On A Chip project and use their research to build a miniature nuclear reactor that spins steam turbines

🤓 tom_wiggin
FRC Blog
2016-12-20 16:14:30

2017 Early Release Vouchers and Software  

It’s the time of year again! One way to get excited about the upcoming season is to start utilizing all the tools available to teams. Virtual items are included as part of the Kit of Parts system and are available to all secured 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition teams. They consist of software licenses/downloads and Product Donation Vouchers (aka “PDVs” or “vouchers”) and will be posted to the <a href="/robotics/frc/kit-of-parts" target="_blank">Virtual Kit of Parts...

tom_wiggin (twigginthecool@gmail.com)
2016-12-21 13:20:11

its the time of year again!

tom_wiggin (twigginthecool@gmail.com)
2016-12-21 13:20:13

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FRC Blog
2016-12-22 16:14:54

This Isn't A Robot, Housing, and Throwing Things Check out this great new video! Also, some important clarifications about FIRST Championship Housing and a rule update about throwing things from the stands!

FRC Blog
2016-12-23 16:14:22

usfirst.org Website Being Decommissioned As of January 31, 2017, the usfirst.org website will be decommissioned. Read below for more information!

FRC Blog
2017-01-03 16:24:21

Kickoff! All the information you need to be ready for the Kickoff Broadcast on Saturday is here!

FRC Blog
2017-01-04 10:14:21

2017 Kit of Parts Preliminary information about the 2017 Kit of Parts is here!

dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2017-01-04 15:27:34

important point herein for kickoff:http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/2017-kickoff-broadcast

the live feed is wired through twitch.tv... We need to make sure that school website-blockages don't prevent us from seeing the show.

FRC Blog
2017-01-04 16:14:21

Festival of Champions and Encrypted Game Manual Exciting news about the Festival of Champions! Plus the 2017 encrypted Game & Season Manual is here!

FRC Blog
2017-01-05 16:14:21

Safety, Safety, Safety Has your team done a Safety Check to prepare for Kickoff? Check out the 2017 Safety Manual, plus the winners of the 2017 Safety Animation Award!

FRC Blog
2017-01-06 16:19:20

More Season Info Some last minute items as we all prepare for Kickoff tomorrow!

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2017-01-07 10:58:58

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FRC Blog
2017-01-09 16:24:19

Kickoff and Q&A Some preliminary numbers about FIRST STEAMWORKS! Plus, are you ready for the new Q&A System? It opens on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Noon Eastern. Details below!

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2017-01-09 21:34:48

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FRC Blog
2017-01-11 10:14:20

A More Serious Note A note about FIRST President, Don Bossi.

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FRC Blog
2017-01-13 16:24:20

Questions That Need Answering Because the Q&A System is currently unavailable, two questions are answered here.

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FRC Blog
2017-01-14 16:29:23

Q&amp;A System Back Up  

Good news, the Q&A system is back up and running. I’m very sorry for the break in service between yesterday and today. We know this is an incredibly important time for teams to be able to get their rules questions answered, but we felt it was best for us to take this break to correct a security issue that had been identified.

FRC Blog
2017-01-18 16:24:16

Snow and Don Update Are you wondering about snow days? Plus, great news about Don Bossi, President of FIRST!

FRC Blog
2017-01-21 10:24:22

#1 on Twitch FIRST Kickoff was #1 on Twitch! Check it out!

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FRC Blog
2017-01-25 16:24:20

More Than Robots…AWARDS! Have you started on the submitted Awards yet? Now is the time!

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FRC Blog
2017-01-30 10:24:19

Thanks From Don!  

I’d like take this opportunity to thank the entire FIRST community for your outpouring of well wishes and positive energy during my recent bout with cancer. Your support really helped speed my recovery and has lifted my and my family’s spirits along the way. 

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FRC Blog
2017-02-01 10:29:20

Don't Be Large and Another Awards Reminder Make sure to read G04 and R03 of the 2017 Game & Season Manual! Don't forget that the Submitted Awards are due soon!

firstinspires.org
dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2017-02-01 11:35:05

Team: this is such an important point that we might want to assign someone to measure, track and enforce this rule. While the CAD specs may pass muster, it's not the same as actually measuring the robot with bumpers to verify this.

FRC Blog
2017-02-03 16:39:21

Improved Match Scheduling and More!  

Improved Match Scheduling

We hear you. This season, because of the way the FIRST STEAMWORKS’ field is configured, team station assignments can have a significant impact on gameplay. 

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-02-06 16:39:20

Defense, Drones, and LEGOs New England Defense? Drones at the Superbowl! And check out the new LEGO set! We need your votes!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-02-15 10:39:20

Two More Awards This Week! Details about the next 2 awards due this week: Entrepreneurship and FIRST Dean's List!

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FRC Blog
2017-02-16 22:44:22

Official Week Zero and Regional Slots Open Be sure to check out the Week 0 Webcast on Saturday! And, have you considered attending another event? There's still space in lots of places and there's still time to sign up!

firstinspires.org
joncoonan (jonathancoonan@gmail.com)
2017-02-17 21:30:33

@joncoonan pinned a message to this channel.

dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2017-02-18 11:20:45

Check out @FRCTeams's Tweet: https://twitter.com/FRCTeams/status/832980138199498756?s=09

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FRC Blog
2017-02-21 16:49:17

Stop Build Day and Digital Animation Award Winner! Take note of the Stop Build Day time change! And take a look at the Digital Animation Award Winner!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-02-24 09:19:20

The ShREK  

From Frank:

For things that must be done, it’s always a good idea to have a ‘Plan B’. With FIRST STEAMWORKS, the field must be able to count the fuel being scored in the boiler. And while we have confidence in our equipment being able to handle that very well, things happen. 

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-02-27 10:59:20

New Chief Volunteer Congratulations to Paul George on being named the new Chief Field Supervisor!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-02-27 16:59:21

More Consistent Webcasting and a Few Event 'Carefuls' Great news about the webcasting standardization that is starting this year, plus make sure that safety rules are being following, even when you are Steampunk'd out!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-02-28 16:29:21

FIRST STEAMWORKS Audience Displays Are you wondering what the Audience Displays will look like this year? Check them out here!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-03-01 17:04:21

firstinspires.org -- What's New? Check out the new features on the firstinspires.org website!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-03-01 23:04:21

Mission Control and Championship Notification/Payment Timing Important information about FIRST Championship notifications and payment timing! Also, check out what happens at our Mission Control!

firstinspires.org
FRC Blog
2017-03-02 17:04:21

Spring Tweaks Be sure to see the changes to the pegs on the FIRST STEAMWORKS field.

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-03-03 23:04:24

Rule Change! An important rule change to S07-C. Please read!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-03-06 17:09:21

Week One Event Issues  

I apologize for the challenges we had at our events this weekend. While most folks, from the preliminary results of our post-event surveys anyway, still had a great experience, many events were finding themselves running late or delivering fewer qualification matches to our teams than they had hoped.

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-03-14 10:54:22

Week 2, Week 3, and Championship Waitlists  

Week 2

I'm happy to see that Week 2 events seems to run, for the most part, more smoothly than Week 1. The first ever official FIRST Robotics Competition event in China was a huge success! I attended the Arizona North Regional and had a wonderful time - what a great event!

Thanks to all our volunteers and teams for helping make this exciting, though logistically and technically challenging, game work! FRC Engineering, of course, continues to work on tweaks and enhancements to make the...

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-03-21 12:49:19

Qualified Rookie Teams on Waitlists for Non-Home Championships More clarification and changes to the FIRST Championship Waitlist process for Qualified Rookie Teams.

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-03-27 10:54:19

FIRST STEAMWORKS -- How Are We Doing? Check out the community response to this year's game from our Week 3 survey!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-07 10:24:19

The Michigan State Championship Details about the Michigan State Championship and its division assignments.

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-11 14:59:18

More about the Chairman's Award Finalists and HD Video in FIRST Championship Pits! More details about the Chairman's Award Finalist, plus a great addition to Team Pits at the 2017 FIRST Championship!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-14 11:14:19

Chocolate Chip Cookies plus St. Louis Housing 2017 FIRST Championship Preliminary Match Schedules are coming soon, plus important information about St. Louis Housing!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-18 09:24:18

Houston Bag Checks, Championship Slots, and a Peak Behind the Curtain We will not be doing bag and Robot Lock-Up Form checks at FIRST Championship Houston. Plus, FIRST Championship is now full! We will not be inviting any other teams off the waitlist. Plus, don't miss Jared Russell from the Rules Review Committee tonight on FUN!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-18 12:54:19

2017 FIRSTChampLIVE Are you ready for awesome LIVE coverage of the 2017 FIRST Championship? Don't miss all the amazing commentary and super cool guests on FIRSTChampLIVE in Houston all this weekend!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-21 18:24:23

Mmmmmm...St Louis BBQ St. Louis Preliminary Schedules are here!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-04-24 15:24:20

Houston, St Louis Bags and More Behind the Curtain Congratulations to our FIRST Championship Houston winners! Plus bag and Robot Lock-Up Form information for FIRST Championship St. Louis, and don't forget about the FIRST Updates Now show tonight at 8pm ET!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-05-03 08:54:39

Wow! Congratulations to the 2017 FIRST Championship St. Louis Winners! And be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Festival of Champions, July 28 and 29, 2017 in Manchester, NH, USA!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-05-23 08:39:23

Interesting CIM Motor Capability  

What do you know. CIMs can run underwater.

 

Huh.

Frank

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-06-01 09:55:57

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Grant Opportunity  

Hi FRC Teams!

 

I’m writing to let you know that we have a grant opportunity available that can help you grow FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams in your area! This past season, 75 sites were awarded the grant. One of the successful implementations of the program has been FRC and FTC teams using the grant to start and coach FLL Jr. teams. We have an additional 30 grants to award for the upcoming season.

 

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-06-17 09:55:40

More Details on the Festival of Champions  

 

Participating Teams and Schedule

We now have our full slate of teams participating in the upcoming Festival of Champions! Along with our 2017 Chairman's Award winning Teams, 3132, Thunder Down Under, from Sydney, Australia, and 2614, MARS, from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, as our guests of honor, we have the following teams competing:

 

Representing Houston

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-06-23 16:45:51

Kit of Parts Survey = Prizes! This is your chance to win some great prizes! Complete the Kit of Parts Survey and you will be eligible!

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-07-05 14:20:47

Lou Altman  

It’s with a heavy heart I announce that Lou Altman, FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Pit Announcer since 2009, passed away a few days ago.

 

FIRST
FRC Blog
2017-07-13 14:35:44

Festival of Champions and Four Stars Join us on Twitch for the Festival of Champions broadcast, and don't miss these sweet trophies! Also, for the 12th year, FIRST has been awarded 4 stars by Charity Navigator!

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FRC Blog
2017-07-18 17:16:01

Job Openings in FIRST Robotics Competition  

This Could be You!

I got a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT for this?

 

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FRC Blog
2017-07-24 17:06:05

Monster Weekend  

Bark Growl Bark Growl Bark Bark

 

We’ve got a monster** weekend on tap. It’s chockers. Here’s a list of what’s going to happen Thursday through Saturday this week:

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FRC Blog
2017-07-26 13:50:46

Jim Beck In memoriam of Regional Director, Jim Beck.

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FRC Blog
2017-07-31 08:00:58

Festival of Champions Wow, sometimes the hype really is real! The Houston Alliance, considered by some to be the underdogs, winning the first two matches, which would have ended it if it had been a standard three match playoff? And St Louis roaring back, taking the next three, a loss in any of which would have ended the run? And a world record unpenalized high score in the final match, and zero penalties in every match? What impressive gameplay, and so exciting!

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FRC Blog
2017-08-03 20:16:00

Kit of Parts Survey Prizes Thanks for everyone who participated in the Kit of Parts Survey this season. We have shared your initial feedback with our suppliers, and we are following up with individual reports throughout August.

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FRC Blog
2017-08-09 09:05:52

Surprises Surprises and habits. Sometimes interrupting our habits can be a gift.

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FRC Blog
2017-08-17 17:57:46

Preference System for Event Registration Last year, as folks know, we had problems with our event registration system. At the time, we said we would be moving away from first-come-first-served to a preference-based event registration system for the 2018 season. 

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FRC Blog
2017-08-21 08:42:47

Rookie Grants Available! Are you starting a new FIRST Robotics Competition team, or helping one get started? We’ve got a wodge of cash for you! 

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FRC Blog
2017-08-23 05:32:32

Saying ‘Thanks’ There’s a proverb, or at least people say there’s a proverb**, that “It takes a village to raise a child.” Regardless of the extent to which that saying rings true to you, I think it generally does take a village to support a FIRST Robotics Competition team.

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FRC Blog
2017-08-24 14:45:46

Event Preferences – Some Questions, Answered Last week, we blogged about the upcoming shift to a preference model, away from first-come-first-served, for FIRST Robotics Competition team event assignment.

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FRC Blog
2017-08-30 08:35:47

Pool Noodles! You will need pool noodles to construct robot bumpers for the 2018 game. Among other things, this enhances the buoyancy of your robot.**

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FRC Blog
2017-09-01 11:10:43

Event Preferences - More Q, More A, and an Unnecessary U We’ve answered a few more questions that have popped up in response to our blog announcing the move to a preference system for event assignment. We also added detail to one of the original answers that was incomplete. You can find this information in an FAQ document posted <a...

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FRC Blog
2017-09-05 14:51:02

Making Volunteering for FIRST Even Better The Volunteer Resources Department has been hard at work this summer improving many resources to enhance our volunteer’s experience with FIRST. At the Championship events, we held feedback sessions with our volunteers to find out how FIRST could improve and one of the things we kept hearing was that the volunteer roles did not accurately represent what the responsibilities were.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-08 08:00:22

The Teaser and More A teaser for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition, you shall have. If things go as planned, we’ll be releasing it broadly at 8 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, September 14th, on YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter, at a minimum. If things don’t go as planned, you will hear about it. Then we’ll hear about it.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-08 12:15:21

More on Volunteer Roles... Even Though You Didn’t Ask :) Hi FRC Teams and Volunteers,

By now, many of you have read my last blog about the updates to our Volunteer roles. Here’s a little more information about why, and how, we added some of these important age requirements!

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FRC Blog
2017-09-11 13:45:20

Event Data Improvements – Don’t be a Dinosaur! Today we wanted to remind you about some features and functionality of the FRC Events website and API. At all official events, the Field Management System (FMS) sends data about the event to FIRST’s servers in real-time and we make that data available on both our webpages and our API. 

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FRC Blog
2017-09-12 10:25:17

Teaser, DLC Packs, and Event Registration Oh, man.

It’s like you walk into the kitchen, and someone has a big ol’ pot of chili cooking, not quite ready, but almost. One whiff and you can say hasta mañana to any free will you thought you had. Of their own volition, your legs walk themselves over, bringing along, just for the ride, your now-useless grey matter and anything else that happens to be attached. 

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FRC Blog
2017-09-13 07:16:24

2018 Beta Testing and 2017 Usage Reporting This year we are once again looking for 90 teams, 30 for each software language, to help us test the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition software. A small number of teams have been invited to bypass the application process based on past performance in Beta testing. 

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FRC Blog
2017-09-14 08:10:17

2018 &lt;em&gt;FIRST&lt;/em&gt; Robotics Competition Season Teaser OK. We’ve been trying to keep this quiet.** But at 8 PM Eastern Time today, we’ll be releasing the teaser for the upcoming season.

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2017-09-15 10:05:17

Training on Equity, Diversity &amp; Inclusion One of the Five Strategic Pillars of FIRST is Increase Diversity. As Don Bossi, President of FIRST, said in this blog “we need kids of all backgrounds, capabilities and social circumstances to contribute and participate in addressing the world’s toughest challenges and making the world a better place for future generations.”

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FRC Blog
2017-09-18 07:00:26

The Teaser and Event Preferences 100,000 Views

It seems like the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Season teaser has been well received by the community. Between YouTube and Facebook, we’ve already exceeded 100,000 views. And most comments I’ve seen have been positive.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-19 10:28:40

Preference System User Guide and Events Posted The system will open at Noon Eastern Time this Thursday, September 21, and close at Noon Eastern Time next Thursday, September 28th.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-21 11:53:45

Event Preference System and DLC Pack #1 The Event Preference System we’ve been talking about for weeks is now open! We hit a bit of a rough patch when we first opened at Noon, but the system seems to be performing well now. For those of you who experienced issues, sorry about that. If something in the systems still does not seem right to you, please contact us.

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2017-09-25 10:38:48

Event Preferences Update As of last night at 10 PM, 2,226 teams had submitted event preferences. This is 80% of all teams that are 'Event Ready' meaning they have completed all requirements necessary to let them submit their preferences.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-27 13:28:43

Event Preference Submission Deadline Thursday! Just in case you missed the 23 tweets, 12 emails, 7 blog posts and 2 carrier pigeons we sent directly to the home of every FIRST Robotics Competition mentor on this planet, the deadline to submit your event preferences is tomorrow, Thursday, September 28th, Noon, Eastern Time!

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FRC Blog
2017-09-28 06:43:32

It’s a Big Day! And Some Numbers The Big Day

The event preference system closes at today! Please, please, get your preferences in if you have not already done so.

Here’s the rough sequence of events for today:

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FRC Blog
2017-09-28 17:18:33

Event Assignment Issues We found a bug in the software that was used today to assign teams to events. I apologize for this. Approximately 5% of teams were not assigned the correct event.

We kept the lottery numbers teams had been assigned during the first run of this process and re-ran the process with the bug corrected. We then compared the first-run results with what the results would have been if the bug had not been present.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-29 09:23:43

Kit of Parts – 2018 Drive Base Kit Option and International Game Pieces Drive Base Kit Option

Your 2018 Kickoff Kit will again include a drive base kit! Maybe; it’s up to you.

Veteran teams are invited to choose a $450 Voucher from AndyMark (available 11/16, and yes there will be pre-kickoff vouchers again) instead of receiving a drive base kit with their Kickoff Kit (all other teams will automatically receive the drive base kit). In case you were wondering, pre-kickoff vouchers will be part of the Virtual Kit with details to come later.

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FRC Blog
2017-09-29 14:13:32

Registration Issues Update Yesterday, I noted we had an issue with first-round event assignments, in which approximately 5% of teams were not assigned the correct event. I apologize again for this.

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2017-10-03 08:33:36

Registration Issues Update #2 This blog is an update to the registration issues we talked about here.

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FRC Blog
2017-10-04 12:13:42

Behind the Lines Premiere and 2018 Medals! Season 4 of Behind the Lines will premiere tonight!

Tonight's Season 4 premiere episode features FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2614, MARS, 2017 Chairman's Award winners at FIRST Championship St. Louis. 

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FRC Blog
2017-10-05 05:33:40

Stop Build Day 2018 About one year ago, in this blog, we revealed the results of an extensive survey we did of the community regarding their thoughts on Stop Build Day. No survey is perfect, but if this one showed anything, it showed that there is no strong consensus one way or the other on this topic so fundamental to our culture and how we operate.

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FRC Blog
2017-10-06 10:13:40

The Backfire Effect I learned something interesting this week.

Wikipedia has an entry on ‘common misconceptions’ which I found interesting. Before I provide the link, I should give you a warning that one of the misconceptions, out of the many listed, is about the etymology of commonly heard, but vulgar, word. If you think seeing this word will bother you, please don’t click. If you are OK with seeing this word, here’s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions"...

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FRC Blog
2017-10-10 11:18:33

Second Round of Preferencing Opening The second round of event preference submissions opens this Thursday, October 12th, at Noon Eastern Time. You can find more details in the Preference System User Guide and FAQ, which you can find here. This second round of submissions will close next Thursday, October 19th, also at Noon Eastern Time.

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FRC Blog
2017-10-12 08:03:33

Drive Base Opt Out: Take 2  

We had more than 1,000 teams participate in the drive base opt out last week.

That was fun, right? So much fun we’re going to open it back up… for two reasons.

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2017-10-13 09:43:41

Mexico City Regional Canceled and Second Round of Event Preferencing Update on the Mexico City Regional and Second-Round Event Preference System is now open.

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2017-10-16 12:48:48

Important Deadlines Coming Up! Don't forget to get your second round preferences in before Noon Eastern Thursday, October 19th. Remember to check your drive base option before Noon Eastern Friday, October 20th.

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2017-10-17 09:58:44

Stay with FIRST Event Housing and Travel Get the most up to date information about the Event Housing and Travel offered by FIRST and Experient.

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FRC Blog
2017-10-17 19:03:45

Behind the Lines Episode 2 Details about the Behind The Lines episode that airs Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 8pm ET!

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FRC Blog
2017-10-18 07:53:43

Last Chance for Second Round Preference Submissions and Some Data Don’t forget, the second round of event preference submissions closes tomorrow, that’s Thursday, October 19, at Noon Eastern Time. We won’t be accepting late submissions, so be sure to get yours in on time!

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FRC Blog
2017-10-19 16:03:36

Second Event Preference Results and Drive Base Opt-Out Second Event Preference Results

The second round of event assignments have been completed, and all went smoothly! Huzzah!

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FRC Blog
2017-10-24 09:13:34

2018 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL Details about the 2018 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL, including deadlines and the theme.

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FRC Blog
2017-10-25 16:08:42

A Reminder and Some Good News Be sure to check out the 2018 Championship Assignment Map. Plus, great news about the automatic wild card spot at 2018 Regionals!

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2017-10-26 11:43:37

DLC Pack #2 and International Game Piece Option DLC Pack #2 is now available. Plus International Game Piece Opt In is now open!

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FRC Blog
2017-10-27 09:08:40

2018 Beta Teams, Brushless Motors, and More! Congratulations to the 2018 Beta Teams! We are also excited to announce a new legal motor for the 2018 season, and get ready to receive messages from the Field Management System!

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FRC Blog
2017-10-30 13:03:39

Registrations Opening Thursday! Reminder that three more Event Registrations are opening on Thursday, November 2, at Noon Eastern!

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FRC Blog
2017-11-01 12:28:42

More Info on Registrations Opening and Behind the Lines! More information about the three registrations opening Thursday, including important clarification about open events and waitlists. Plus, Behind the Lines Episode 3 is on tonight!

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FRC Blog
2017-11-06 13:28:38

Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct The details about the 2018 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct are here!

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FRC Blog
2017-11-07 09:13:41

International Game Pieces and Kit and Kickoff Registration  

International Game Pieces

As we said in this blog, teams outside the United States have the option of receiving an extra set of game pieces in their Kickoff kits in exchange for 20% of their FIRST Choice credits. This option closes this Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Noon Eastern Time. See the blog for more details. If you want to exercise...

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2017-11-09 11:18:38

Award Portals &amp; Some Tips It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year – Today at Noon, the Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Entrepreneurship portals were opened!

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FRC Blog
2017-11-13 14:53:38

Something New – Team Avatars Avatars have been used in arcade video games since the early-mid 1970’s, and have become a way to represent and identify players and personalities. 

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2017-11-15 10:13:39

PreKickoff Kit of Parts Information Details about the new Kit Of Parts page, FIRST Choice, and the Pre-kickoff Release of the Virtual Kit.

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FRC Blog
2017-11-16 13:13:39

So Many Things... Additional details and reminders about Registration Payments, Kit of Parts, Event Housing, the Safety Animation Award, and Team Standards and Banners.

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FRC Blog
2017-11-20 12:38:38

Window Shopping for FIRST Championship Housing Information, including links, to the Championship Preview Housing websites. Check out the available options now and be ready for the opening in December!

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FRC Blog
2017-11-22 08:30:05

FIRST Choice, NASA Grants, Thanksgiving Holiday  

Running is a good decision at this point in the calendar.

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FRC Blog
2017-11-27 12:43:44

FIRST Choice FUN Tonight Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager, will be joining FUN (FIRST Updates Now) tonight, along with other guests, to discuss FIRST Choice!

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FRC Blog
2017-11-28 12:33:40

Giving Back  

My 2007 FIRST Lego League Team. I’m not wearing the team T-Shirt because I had two teams there, one in orange, one in green and I wanted to wear a shirt with both colors.  

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FRC Blog
2017-11-29 12:48:42

2018 Motor Controllers and MXP Detailed information about legal motors and motor controllers for 2018!

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FRC Blog
2017-12-01 16:03:38

Thanks to Team Grant Sponsors! Thank you to all our amazing 2018 team grant sponsors!

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FRC Blog
2017-12-05 16:03:43

Behind the Lines, Safety Animation, and FIRST Championship Housing  

Behind the Lines

The next episode of Behind the Lines premieres Wednesday, December 6th, at 8 PM Eastern Time here!

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FRC Blog
2017-12-06 14:43:55

Regional Webcasts and the Kickoff Broadcast Detailed information about the Regional Webcasts as well as the FIRST POWER UP Kickoff Broadcast!

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FRC Blog
2017-12-07 16:13:47

To Boldly Kit**… Star Trek: The Next Generation. Magnifleeque. 

What’s more exciting than serving aboard the Starship Enterprise? Certainly near the top of everyone’s list is being a Kit of Parts Engineer for the FIRST Robotics Competition!

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FRC Blog
2017-12-14 09:58:25

Volunteer In-Training, Shadowing, Oh My!  

Hello FIRST Volunteers,

As you know, FIRST Robotics Competition is an ever-growing program and as FIRST Robotics Competition grows so does our need for volunteers. FIRST wants to ensure that we give you, our volunteers, the best training and support that we can, while creating a great volunteer experience. We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the support we provide.

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FRC Blog
2017-12-18 10:58:54

Kneeling During National Anthems In the United States, some National Football League (NFL) players have knelt during the playing of the United States National Anthem at the start of games. They are doing this as a way to highlight the problem of racism in this country, or to show support for their teammates on this issue, or both. This act of protest has become a hot topic in the US, with many voices offering their opinions.

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FRC Blog
2017-12-20 09:53:50

&lt;em&gt;FIRST&lt;/em&gt; Championship Allocation for Districts and &lt;em&gt;FIRST&lt;/em&gt; POWER UP Buttons We’ve determined the number of FIRST Championship slots the Districts are getting in 2018. See the table below:

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FRC Blog
2017-12-21 08:38:52

More Event Rules Updates A few years ago, we did away with the Administrative Manual for FIRST Robotics Competition, opting instead to put most of the information that had been in that manual right on the website. The idea was that much of the Administrative Manual was ‘evergreen’ in that the information and rules rarely changed from season to season, so it made little sense to keep them locked away and secret like the game rules.

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FRC Blog
2017-12-27 05:23:46

Suicide Hits Home Martha Dickey is the Stewardship Manager in the FIRST Development Department. The Development Department is the group within FIRST that works hard to ensure we have the sponsorships we need to continue meeting our mission. Martha and the rest of the Development group are the kind of behind-the-scenes folks our teams are unlikely ever to meet, or even hear about. But their work is critical in powering the FIRST engine in delivering life-changing programs to thousands of young people.

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FRC Blog
2017-12-28 13:33:43

Award Submission Date Reminders and Build Season Weather  

Award Submission Date Reminders

As we’ve said probably a dozen times, the best way to make sure you are on time for something is to plan to be early. FIRST Robotics Competition Award submissions are great examples of things for which you’ll want to be on time.

As a reminder, the deadlines are below. Please consider setting earlier internal team deadlines, so you aren’t sweating it out last minute hoping you hit the button in time.

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FRC Blog
2018-01-02 07:53:44

Did You Feel That? Did you? That little rumble? That little shaking in your stomach? Just the slightest tremor, but enough to make the water in your glass ripple?

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FRC Blog
2018-01-02 15:03:54

Safety, Safety, Safety As we get ready to start build season, please take a moment to consider safety. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, over and over; nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt over.

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FRC Blog
2018-01-03 13:28:51

Kit of Parts Info Great (Kickoff Kit) Expectations

In addition to finding out FIRST POWER UP details on Saturday, each team attending a local Kickoff will also leave with this year’s Kickoff Kit items. We’re giving a deliberately vague “heads up” with to what kind of sizes, weights to expect so you can make accommodations to get the goods back to your build space.

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FRC Blog
2018-01-04 09:53:55

Hot Downloads Now and More! Hot Downloads Now

FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff is this Saturday!

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2018-01-05 09:23:52

It’s Coming! And More! It’s Coming! Oh yeah, it’s coming! The big FIRST Robotics Competition game reveal during Kickoff! Be ready at 10:30 AM Eastern!

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2018-01-06 08:05:54

pLaY&4%R3aL!

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2018-01-08 16:23:55

Kickoff! I hope everyone enjoyed Kickoff this year. I know I did. We had a huge crowd at the Manchester Kickoff and they were excited; lots of smiles and energy!

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FRC Blog
2018-01-09 12:28:56

The FIRST Robotics Competition Q&A opens tomorrow Wednesday, January 10th, at Noon Eastern Time. The Q&A is the place to ask your questions about the game and get official answers. You can also use it to ask questions about the Event Rules.

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FRC Blog
2018-01-11 13:24:02

Some Metrics and a New Contest In FIRST Robotics Competition, we use some Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to keep track of the season and measure community response to the game. Some of these measures may be a bit subjective, but things seem to be going well so far:

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FRC Blog
2018-01-15 06:28:31

Team Avatar Submission System As announced in a previous blog post, FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be allowed to create and submit Team Avatars that will be used to represent their teams during the FIRST POWER UP season. Today we're proud to announce that the Team Avatar submission system is now open! 

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2018-01-18 06:03:40

Develop Ethics Canons before the Crisis  

This is a special message from Woodie Flowers Award winner Liz Calef, on behalf of the Woodie Flowers Awards winners:

Are you concerned that the basic tenets of FIRST are being replaced?  Do you think our FIRST students understand what it is to act in a graciously professional manner?  Are you dealing with more disciplinary matters on your team than you have time for?  You are not alone.  

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FRC Blog
2018-01-26 13:48:34

Game Piece Availability Challenges Every year, FIRST Robotics Competition designs a game that includes one or more objects the robots must manipulate, the ‘game piece.’ Many factors go into determining what this game piece will be. We like to change things up from year to year, so the teams are not always dealing with the same types of challenges.

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For some reason team updates aren't showing up here anymore. Team update 6 came out recently. https://firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net/frc2018/Manual/TeamUpdates/TeamUpdate06.pdf

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2018-01-26 21:53:01

Thanks chris I was just about to post that

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2018-01-26 22:03:47

*Thread Reply:* I wanted to keep frc uncluttered, and strategy would be better, as more people are probably connected to strategy than frc

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2018-01-26 21:53:24

So far Kenneth has been posting those in strategy

FRC Blog
2018-02-01 11:23:36

Power Cube Covers, Deadlines, and Additional Plays As we noted in this blog teams are facing challenges getting Power Cube parts. The most pervasive issue being there’s a shortage on the game piece covers.

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FRC Blog
2018-02-07 08:28:32

2018 FIRST Championship and Beyond Information about the changes in layout and schedules at the 2018 FIRST Championship, plus details about the future of the Festival of Champions.

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FRC Blog
2018-02-08 11:53:30

First Steps for Next in Wireless Details about the RFP for the new wireless component of the control system!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-09 10:33:26

2018 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct winner! And more on Power Cube Covers! Congratulations to the winner of the Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct! Plus another resource for making your own Power Cube covers!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-12 11:33:28

A Quick(ish) Reminder Don't forget to use your Vouchers!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-14 11:38:38

Award Deadlines Remember that submissions for the Dean's List and Entrepreneurship Award are due on Thursday, February 15 before 3pm ET!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-16 10:33:26

Week Zero Week Zero if finally here! I can't wait to see FIRST POWER UP play for the first time! If you are hosting an event, make sure your scale has the outriggers attached!

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2018-02-19 17:43:42

We Got Game! And More! Week Zero wrap up, plus some important game reminders. And Stop Build Day is almost here!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-20 13:33:34

Stop Build Day It's Stop Build Day!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-22 15:23:29

Events Start Next Week! The 2018 FIRST POWER UP Events start next week! Make sure your team is ready with these helpful reminders!

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FRC Blog
2018-02-26 12:43:28

FIRST POWER UP Audience Displays Details about the FIRST POWER UP Audience Displays are here!

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FRC Blog
2018-03-01 09:18:31

New Award! Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford Check out this new Championship-only Award sponsored by Ford!

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2018-03-06 09:28:28

Replays and Montreal Finals Details about the Montreal Finals.

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FRC Blog
2018-03-19 14:48:25

PTC’s Vuforia Chalk lets FIRST teams collaborate in Augmented Reality Check out PTC's new computer vision and AR platform, Vuforia!

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FRC Blog
2018-03-28 16:33:30

How Are We Doing, DeejayKnight, and How to Tell if a Team is in Your Hotel FIRST POWER UP results from Week 3, plus information about DeejayKnight's next visit to a FIRST team! And, you can always tell when you are staying in a FIRST hotel!

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FRC Blog
2018-04-10 16:54:36

Get Your Voice Heard at FIRST Championship and Visit with DeejayKnight One Last Time Find out how YOUR video can be seen at FIRST Championship, plus tune in with DeejayKnight one last time before Champs!

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FRC Blog
2018-04-11 16:23:25

Award Errors Explanation of the Award Errors from this season.

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FRC Blog
2018-04-12 07:38:42

We've Got 2020 Vision Thank you National Instruments for extending their generous support of FIRST Robotics Competition through the 2020 and 2021 seasons!

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FRC Blog
2018-04-13 07:38:30

A Tasty Schedule Detailed information for the FIRST Championship Houston Divisions and Pit Assignments.

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FRC Blog
2018-04-17 16:53:27

Houston is Looking Good and We’re Eliminating the Bag!* (For Houston!*) Information on Bag Checks for FIRST Championship Houston!

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FRC Blog
2018-04-20 12:23:27

Houston Happenings and Detroit Dreams We are having a blast at FIRST Championship Houston, plus the FIRST Championship Detroit Division Assignments and Preliminary Match Schedules are here!

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FRC Blog
2018-04-23 16:58:26

Houston Wrap-Up and Detroit Congratulations to the Chairman's Award Winners at FIRST Championship Houston, as well as the Chairman's Award Finalists and the Einstein Winners! Plus, we are getting in Detroit!

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FRC Blog
2018-04-24 11:13:29

I Got Mine and You Can Unbag Yours We had some delicious pizza in Detroit! Also, there will be no bag checks for our FIRST Championship Detroit teams!

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2018-04-24 13:13:58

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FRC Blog
2018-05-01 14:58:28

Detroit Wrap Up and Volunteer Thanks Congratulations to our Chairman's Award Winners at FIRST Championship Detroit, Team 2834, the Bionic Black Hawks! Congratulations to our winning alliance and ALL the volunteers that made the FIRST Championship possible!

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FRC Blog
2018-05-04 14:13:29

2019!! And a Little 2018… The 2019 game is here!

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FRC Blog
2018-05-15 16:33:28

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Registration is Now Open! 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Registration now open. Sign up today! 

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FRC Blog
2018-05-21 11:43:22

A Kit of Parts Survey Haiku for You 2018 Kit of Parts Survey is now available! Check out how to win some cool prizes! 

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FRC Blog
2018-05-24 12:23:27

FIRST Core Values

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FRC Blog
2018-06-14 13:03:25

2018 Season by the Numbers

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FRC Blog
2018-06-28 15:08:24

Championship Map Changes and Somebody Wanted This! Please see the changes to the 2019 FIRST Championship location assignments. Thanks to all of you who requested the Control System poster!

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FRC Blog
2018-07-10 14:08:31

Control System Layout For All A digital link to the 2015 Control System Board layout we gave away, plus a great photo of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1189 and their bananas!

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FRC Blog
2018-07-12 14:18:32

FIRST TV and IRI Coverage Join us on Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm ET for an exciting interview along with a fun season-related contest! Plus check out the IRI coverage this weekend!

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FRC Blog
2018-07-17 17:08:36

Name The Planet Contest

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FRC Blog
2018-07-23 14:28:44

2019 Medals and FIRST TV Check out the 2019 DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE medals! And be sure to tune in to FIRST TV on Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm ET for our next episode with Jasmine Florentine and Malcolm Strickland!

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FRC Blog
2018-07-27 14:38:33

SOLIDWORKS Supports FIRST Robotics Guest blog from SOLIDWORKS Director of Education & Early Engagement, Marie Blanchard!

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FRC Blog
2018-07-30 12:18:35

This Blog Post Contains No Game Hint

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FRC Blog
2018-08-01 14:13:29

WPILib Everything you wanted to know about WPILib, plus how you can get involved with WPILib in 2019!

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FRC Blog
2018-08-03 06:38:38

Kickoff Fields Go Virtual Information about the move to Virtual Fields for all teams and for all kickoffs.

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FRC Blog
2018-08-06 14:38:34

Got Potential? Great news! The FIRST Robotics Competition team is growing and we are looking for an Electrical Engineering Technician to join us. 

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FRC Blog
2018-08-07 08:23:31

We Want Game Concepts and FIRST TV Do you have a FIRST Robotics Competition game concept that’s the best idea since toaster grilled cheese?**

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FRC Blog
2018-08-13 13:58:21

Reminders, Reminders... Be sure to check out the training modules available on our website! Plus get those game concepts and Name the Planet submissions in! FIRST TV will be checking in with the FIRST LEGO League staff at 7pm ET on 8/14!

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FRC Blog
2018-08-17 13:33:24

Fundraising and Sponsor Thanks Did you know that FIRST has a fundraising toolkit to help you raise the money you need for your team? Plus, public or public charter school teachers in the USA should check out the latest opportunities at DonorsChoose.org! And once you get the support you need, be sure to thank your generous sponsors!

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FRC Blog
2018-08-22 14:48:24

More Chances to Work for FIRST We have lots of openings here at FIRST! Come join our team!

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FRC Blog
2018-08-28 13:13:28

New Vice President of Programs and FIRST TV Episode Please join me in welcoming Chris Rake as the new Vice President of Programs at FIRST. And tune in tonight, 8/28 at 7pm ET, for another great episode featuring Matt Pilotte, Electrical Engineering Manager, and me!

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FRC Blog
2018-08-29 14:03:28

2019 Event Data on FRC-Events It's here! The 2019 FRC-events page is available! And it has lots of cool new functionality! Check it out today! And while you are there, get your team ready for the 2019 #DESTINATIONDEEPSPACE season by getting 2 mentors screened through our Registration System.

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FRC Blog
2018-09-07 13:38:22

Events Preferencing, Money for Teams, and Money for Students. Oh, and the 2019 Season Teaser. The first event preference system will open on September 20, 2018! Get your team ready now! Rookie team grants are now available, along with the NASA grants for US teams. DonorsChoose is also available US public and public charter school teachers. The Scholarship Program is now live for 2019! Plus, the teaser is coming!

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FRC Blog
2018-09-12 14:23:19

Teaser Release and a Free Registration! Join us on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm ET for the LIVE reveal of the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Season Teaser! Plus, an opportunity you don't want to miss! Did someone say a free 2019 team registration?

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FRC Blog
2018-09-14 13:43:21

Event Ready and Beta Test Application What does it mean to be Event Ready? Plus, the 2019 Beta Test Application is now available.

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FRC Blog
2018-09-17 13:38:27

Teaser Almost Here and Event Ready??? It's almost Teaser Time! Plus, we have added a designation on your Dashboard so you will know if your team is Event Ready!

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FRC Blog
2018-09-21 09:58:27

Event Preferencing Opening, Winners, and Volunteer Registration Opening Event Preferencing opened smoothly! Congratulations to the winners of the Name the Planet Contest and the Event Ready grant! Plus, the Volunteer Registration for Events is now open!

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FRC Blog
2018-09-26 13:43:26

Event Preferencing, Beta Testing, NASA Grant Deadline One last reminder that tomorrow, 9/27 at Noon ET is the deadline to submit your First Event Preferences! Beta Testing applications are due Friday, 9/28 and NASA Grants are due Sunday, 9/30!

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FRC Blog
2018-09-28 13:43:26

Initial Event Assignment Results and Registration for Teams who Missed the First Round First Event Preference Selection has finished! For those who missed the First Event Selection Process, it's now time for you to sign up for an Event! Get your selections done now!

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FRC Blog
2018-10-01 09:23:21

A Series of Open Kit of Parts Letters Each season, FIRST Robotics Competition teams receive Kits of Parts (KoP). The KoP has three parts available to teams through a variety of sources; the Kickoff Kit, FIRST Choice, and the Virtual Kit.

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FRC Blog
2018-10-11 17:13:23

So Many Choices! And a ‘new’ Original and Sustaining team? Second Event Preference is now open! Plus, a new member of the Original & Sustaining Teams!

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FRC Blog
2018-10-16 20:08:28

Don’t Miss the Train! And Beta Test Teams Be sure to enter your Second Event Preferences before Noon ET on Thursday, October 18! And congratulations to the 2019 Control System Beta Test Teams!

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FRC Blog
2018-10-17 14:18:31

China Update Information about the recent changes in the 2019 Chinese Regional Competitions.

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FRC Blog
2018-10-19 14:13:24

2019 Awards Update Important updates about the Awards for the 2019 season from our Co-Chief Judge Advisors!

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2018-10-24 22:25:51

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2018-10-25 07:28:04

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FRC Blog
2018-10-25 13:13:28

Animation Awards and Wild Cards The two Animation Awards are now open! Plus Wild Cards will be back for the 2019 FIRST Championship!

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2018-10-25 13:41:23

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FRC Blog
2018-10-30 14:13:30

Openings and Closings

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chrisrin (chrisrin@microsoft.com)
2018-10-30 15:07:44

*Thread Reply:* More opening and closing doors imagery... Similar imagery in the teaser... hmmmmmm. I stand by my guess that we're shooting cylinder-shaped game pieces (maybe foam rollers like for stretching muscles) into opening and closing storage bay doors prior to some sort of lift off end game task.

john_sachs (johncsachs@gmail.com)
2018-11-02 10:07:19

*Thread Reply:* Hmmmmmm - maybe like an airlock?!

Harper Nalley (nalleluc000@frogrock.org)
2018-11-08 12:20:00

*Thread Reply:* I think its about an airlock. Especially because airlocks are small and sealed... kind of like an elevator (to an extent).

FRC Blog
2018-11-01 14:13:28

FIRST Championship and Religious Holidays Detailed information about religious exceptions during FIRST Championship Houston.

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FRC Blog
2018-11-02 13:08:34

Manchester Kickoff and a Second Regional in Turkey Information for those teams planning to attend the Manchester Kickoff. Plus, we have added another Regional in Turkey for 2019!

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dana_batali (dana.batali@gmail.com)
2018-11-09 09:48:09

from frc email blast:

Announcement and Preview of a Significant Change Tune in to our Twitch Channel on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM ET to hear the announcement and preview of a significant change to the FIRST® Robotics Competition season starting in 2020. Frank will make this announcement, as well as answer questions from the community. Documentation will be available after the show

FRC Blog
2018-11-09 13:13:37

FIRST TV Episode and New DLC Pack Join us on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm ET for an announcement and preview about a significant change to the season! Plus a new DLC pack here!

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FRC Blog
2018-11-13 17:38:29

Stop Build Day in 2019 and 2020 Information about Stop Build Day for 2019 and 2020.

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FRC Blog
2018-11-14 13:48:28

2019 Motor Controllers and MXP Information about the actuator controllers, MXP boards, and motors that will be legal for the 2019 season.

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FRC Blog
2018-11-15 13:43:27

Virtual Kit, Kickoffs, Payments, and a Special Post-Kickoff Show The Virtual Kit is available! Plus, be sure to sign up for your Kickoff. Remember that initial payment is due Monday, November 19 at 5pm Eastern. Also, an exciting announcement about a live show after the Kickoff broadcast!

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FRC Blog
2018-11-16 13:03:27

Experiencing "Deep Space": a VR Project Update

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FRC Blog
2018-11-20 13:08:24

New Regional Being Added in California in 2019 Information about an additional Regional Event in Southern California for the 2019 season.

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FRC Blog
2018-11-21 11:43:25

Robot Transportation Assistance, Safety Animation, FIRST Choice, and Thanksgiving Robot Transportation Exemptions are now available! Application deadline is Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3pm. Plus, get your Safety Animation Award submission ready and FIRST Choice is now open! Don't forget our office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 21 at 3pm ET through Monday, November 26 at 8:30am ET.

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Jeffrey (tappejef000@frogrock.org)
2018-11-28 20:04:50

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FRC Blog
2018-11-29 13:53:26

Join Us for a Computer Science Education Week Special Twitch Episode Join us on Wednesday, December 5 at Noon ET for a special "Let's Build" show in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

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FRC Blog
2018-11-30 13:48:25

Hotels, Hotels, Hotels, and FIRST Choice Be sure to check out all the great housing opportunities that are now available, plus FIRST Choice Round 1 priority lists are locked in on Wednesday, December 5 at Noon Eastern!

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FRC Blog
2018-12-10 14:43:26

Space at Regionals and a Shopping List

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FRC Blog
2018-12-13 15:18:30

Championship Housing Open and District Slots to FIRST Championship

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FRC Blog
2018-12-17 13:13:35

Team Avatars – A Reprise The Team Avatars are back!

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FRC Blog
2018-12-18 15:18:28

FIRST TV and Online Non-Medical Incident Reporting Tune in tonight for another great episode on our Twitch channel! Plus the Non-Medical Incident Report is now online!

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FRC Blog
2018-12-28 14:08:27

Kicking Off Your Career Today's blog is from our Kickoff sponsor and Strategic Partner, Rockwell Automation! 

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FRC Blog
2018-12-31 13:08:24

Kickoff Week!!!! We are getting excited! Are you?

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FRC Blog
2019-01-02 20:28:27

T-minus Three Days and Counting Kickoff’s so close we can hear it… rumbling out to the launch pad.

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FRC Blog
2019-01-04 15:43:29

Hype Train in Motion, 2019 Control System Software Download and one more VR Update! Get excited for Kickoff! Control System downloads now available! Plus even more VR!

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FRC Blog
2019-01-07 15:18:38

Supplement Resources and the Event Rules Manual

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FRC Blog
2019-01-09 11:38:29

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow… Well… actually this blog is about yesterday, today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow (overmorrow?), and the day after the day after tomorrow, but Macbeth didn’t say that, so it didn’t work as well as a title.

Anywho…

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FRC Blog
2019-01-14 18:48:28

Wait, what? No Autonomous Period? Details about the Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford and the importance of autonomous code.

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FRC Blog
2019-01-17 15:53:27

Safety, Safety, Safety and the Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL Be sure to read the 2019 Safety Manual and stay safe this season. Plus, congratulations the winner and runners-up of the 2019 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL!

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Micah_Glasby (glasbmic000@frogrock.org)
2019-01-19 23:34:05

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FRC Blog
2019-01-21 14:08:24

Team Avatar Submission System 2019 The Team Avatar Submission System will be available on February 1, 2019! All the details below!

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FRC Blog
2019-01-23 14:28:28

Open Spots at Regionals, Payment Due Date, Digital Animation Award Deadline, and a Twitch Show! Looking for another event? We have your list! The Digital Animation Award sponsored by AutomationDirect is due tomorrow, January 24 by 11:59pm ET! Plus, payment for additional events, including FIRST Championship for prequalified teams is due tomorrow, January 24!

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FRC Blog
2019-01-24 11:53:34

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Connor Tinker An engineer pursuing a career in planetary sciences, Connor credits FIRST and his team mentors with encouraging him to never stop learning and teaching him how to truly solve problems.

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FRC Blog
2019-01-24 15:53:34

Ethics; the Challenge We Need to Win!

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FRC Blog
2019-01-30 13:43:32

FIRSTtv Build Season Celebration Show - How To Submit! We have so many awesome shows coming up on our Twitch channel, including our Build Season Celebration Show on Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm ET! Get all the details about how to submit your video here!

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FRC Blog
2019-01-31 12:53:27

Deadlines! The Chairman's Award and the Woodie Flowers Award are due Thursday, February 7 at 3 PM EASTERN TIME. That's next week! The Dean's List Award is due Thursday, February 14 at 3 PM EASTERN TIME. That's only two weeks!

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Lane_Johnson (johnslan000@frogrock.org)
2019-02-02 08:40:15

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FRC Blog
2019-02-04 14:33:32

Update on Youth Registration Be sure to register through our Youth Registration System! Details below!

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FRC Blog
2019-02-11 15:13:27

2019 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct Congratulations to FIRST Robotics Competition Team 846, The Funky Monkeys, from San Jose, California, USA, for winning the 2019 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct!

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FRC Blog
2019-02-13 13:23:27

Week Zero and Dean’s List Are you ready for the first matches of Destination: Deep Space Presented by The Boeing Company? Tune in Saturday, February 16 from 9am to 3:30pm ET for some sweet robot action to our Twitch channel! Don't forget that Dean's List nominations are due Thursday, February 14 at 3pm ET!

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2019-02-15 19:45:55

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FRC Blog
2019-02-19 14:28:20

Stop Build Day and Build Season Celebration Show

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FRC Blog
2019-02-20 14:08:23

Quiet Rooms at FIRST Robotics Competition Events Important information about the implementation of Quiet Rooms at FIRST Robotics Competition Events.

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FRC Blog
2019-02-25 10:18:23

2019 <em>FIRST</em> DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Audience Displays Greetings, Teams! I’m using the blog today to give everyone their annual sneak peek at a few of the graphics you’ll be seeing up on the big screen at your events. As always, please remember that team numbers, names, ranks, cards, performance, events, or descriptions are all for illustrative purposes only.

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FRC Blog
2019-02-27 16:18:27

PLAYxPLAY and Event Streams It's almost time for a new weekly show on FIRSTtv! Plus check out those event streams!

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FRC Blog
2019-02-28 13:23:26

FIRST Championship Detroit ‘You Bring It’ Pilot At the 2019 FIRST Championship, we are piloting a program that will allow some teams to bring their robots to the events, rather than shipping them. Details below.

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FRC Blog
2019-03-06 12:58:27

Getting to FIRST Championship Great information about traveling to the 2019 FIRST Championship!

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FRC Blog
2019-03-07 10:18:31

Camera Troubleshooting and How Are We Doing? Thank you to our friends at National Instruments for providing a Camera Trouble Shooting document. Details below! Plus a preliminary look at what you all think about Destination: Deep Space Presented by The Boeing Company.

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FRC Blog
2019-03-20 08:43:26

Happy Birthday Us with a SWEET Twitch Show!!! It's FIRST's 30th birthday! Celebrate with us tonight at 8pm ET on our Twitch Channel!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-02 10:48:22

G20 Details about this weekend's event and G20.

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FRC Blog
2019-04-10 15:08:26

Championship Already? FIRST Championship is almost here! Lots of details below!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-11 11:58:25

A Kit of Parts Survey Haiku for You Get your Kit of Parts survey finished and you could win some cool prizes!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-12 12:53:18

FIRST Championship Houston Subdivision Assignments – Fresh Baked Bread 2019 FIRST Championship Houston Preliminary Subdivision Assignments!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-15 18:28:20

Hello Houston, Pit Map and Robot Bag Checks Welcome to the 2019 FIRST Championship Houston! Check out the pit map, plus no bag checks, robot bags that is!

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2019-04-16 19:46:24

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FRC Blog
2019-04-16 21:08:19

FIRSTtv at FIRST Championship Houston Be sure to check out all the details about what's on our Twitch channels for FIRST Championship!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-19 15:18:18

FIRST Championship Houston Subdivision Assignments – Sizzling Bacon FIRST Championship Detroit Subdvisions are here!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-22 10:13:21

Houston Wrap-Up and Detroit Preview

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FRC Blog
2019-04-23 15:18:21

Detroit Getting Ready to Rock Pit maps are ready and there will be no bag checks!

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FRC Blog
2019-04-29 18:28:19

Detroit Wrap-Up Congratulations to all our winners at the 2019 FIRST Championship Detroit! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who make this happen!

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randy_groves (randomgrace@gmail.com)
2019-05-01 13:43:12

Star Wars theme for FIRST 2020

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2019-05-01 13:43:25

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FRC Blog
2019-05-09 13:03:19

Kendrick Castillo

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Lane_Johnson (johnslan000@frogrock.org)
2019-05-09 21:19:08

So sad, best wishes for Kendrick Castillo’s family, friends, and teammates

FRC Blog
2019-05-21 13:18:16

Registration Open Registration for the 2020 Season, INFINITE RECHARGESM is now open! Get your team ready today! And don't forget that Stop Build Day has been retired.

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Therese (therese@mentzer.org)
2019-06-27 22:09:24

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FRC Blog
2019-07-09 13:23:20

Stop Build Day Retirement -- Update and a new DLC pack! Happy Retirement to Stop Build Day! Lots of details about the process we are working through. Also, make sure you check out that DLC pack! There are some sound effects from a galaxy far, far away.

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FRC Blog
2019-07-19 14:03:19

Some Season Numbers and Don’s Retirement Some cool numbers from DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented by The Boeing Company, plus Don's retiring!

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FRC Blog
2019-08-21 14:38:16

New Team Growth Grants, New Stop Build Day Rules, Teaser Teaser The New Team Growth Grant is now open! Apply today! Plus, the teaser. Soon.

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FRC Blog
2019-08-29 13:38:17

Teaser Date and Time, Safety Animation Award, and Medals The Teaser is coming! Plus, the Safety Animation Award theme is here, and medals for the 2020 season!

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FRC Blog
2019-09-06 17:58:21

Stop Build Day and Shipping

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chrisrin (chrisrin@microsoft.com)
2019-09-06 20:48:46

*Thread Reply:* Cheesecake RIP

chrisrin (chrisrin@microsoft.com)
2019-09-15 13:42:44

*Thread Reply:* Following up: Here are a few things I glean from the Stop Build Day blog, comments on the blog & responses, the new rules, and the active Q&A system concerning the rules. Overall, other than "no bag day", the rules affect many other teams more than ours, I think, but there are still implications so good to understand them.

  1. While "the line" is still being debated, some forms of cheesecaking are no longer allowed. For those unfamiliar, cheesecaking refers to the practice of a highly capable team adding a mechanism to a less capable team's robot during a competition event. Since this affects our team very little, I won't go into details, but I will say "bolt on" cheesecaking of a fully assembled mechanism (like a climber in 2017) is no longer allowed.
  2. The concept of "holdback" is gone, including the weight limit. There seems to no longer be a weight limit on the amount of extra fabricated spare parts, spare assembled mechanisms, etc. Example: Last year, we were limited to (I think) 30 lbs of holdback, and I believe we used that allowance to bring an extra intake assembly, an extra chute (?), and some other spares. It appears now there is no weight limit on spare fabricated parts / assemblies. So if these new rules were in place last year, we could have brought 5 spare assembled cargo arms, 5 fully assembled extra chutes, etc. That's how the rules are being interpreted so far; we'll see if there are other rules in the 2020 game manual that do restrict what can be brought into the pit.
  3. The old bagged robot weight limit + holdback weight limit are replaced by a single inspected robot weight limit. The robot chassis/drivetrain + mechanisms (installed or not installed but install-able) + bumpers inspected for use in competition need to weight 150 lbs or less. Additionally, it is stated there will be a separate R5 robot weight limit rule (available at kickoff) that will need to be followed. Presumably, the on-the-field robot weight limit will be less than 150 lbs. This could be to just separate robot weight from bumper weight, or there could be something else interesting planned for the 2020 game rule R5.
FRC Blog
2019-09-10 13:03:23

Beta Testing and Usage Reporting

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FRC Blog
2019-09-11 14:43:25

Party Shoes ON!!! and Are You Just Crazy Enough? The teaser will be on 9/12 at 7pm ET on Twitch! Tune in for the Party! Also, do you want to work for FIRST Robotics Competition? We have an opening for a Software Engineer!

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Mitchell Teresi (teresmit000@frogrock.org)
2019-09-13 16:32:31

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FRC Blog
2019-09-16 15:13:16

Event Preferencing Opening Soon First Event Preferencing opens on Thursday, September 19 at Noon Eastern! Get your team ready today!

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FRC Blog
2019-09-18 12:18:20

Team Update 0.1 Update to the Stop Build Day Rules. Team Update 0.1.

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FRC Blog
2019-09-19 12:58:18

New Chief Volunteers!

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FRC Blog
2019-09-20 13:03:21

Pool Noodles, Event Preferences and an Overview Document, More DLC Goodies Information about Pool Noodles for 2020. Plus Event Preferencing is open and we have a helpful overview available! And another DLC pack!

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FRC Blog
2019-09-25 12:33:23

Another Team Update and Event Preference Deadline!

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FRC Blog
2019-09-26 12:28:15

Kit of Parts: The Basics & 2020 Deets Everything you need to know about the 2020 Kit of Parts! Or at least everything we can share now!

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FRC Blog
2019-09-27 08:43:16

First Event Assignments and NASA Grant First event preferences have been published! If your team missed the preference window, that's okay. We are now open for registration for those teams who are not registered or waitlisted yet. Also, the NASA grant applications are due Monday, September 30!

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FRC Blog
2019-10-03 13:48:21

New Team Update, Q&A Closing, and Program Surgery Team Update 0.3 is here!

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FRC Blog
2019-10-09 19:43:20

Another Team Update, Help a Neighbor, Second Preference Opening

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FRC Blog
2019-10-10 19:38:16

Virtual Field Information about the Virtual Field.

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FRC Blog
2019-10-23 16:23:21

Woodie Flowers Remembering Woodie.

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FRC Blog
2019-10-25 16:28:22

2020 Season Judging Updates 2020 update to the Awards!

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FRC Blog
2019-10-29 16:38:23

Registration Opening, Digital Animation Award, Safety Animation Award

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FRC Blog
2019-10-31 16:23:22

2020 Motors, Controllers, and Some Other Robot Rules Check out the legal 2020 motors and controllers as well as a few of the 2020 Robot Rules!

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FRC Blog
2019-11-05 15:43:29

Woodie Flowers Celebration of Life Details about Woodie's Celebration of Life.

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FRC Blog
2019-11-07 15:43:22

Q&A Reopening, Inter-District Event Registration Opening, and Payment Due Reminder Details about the Q&A opening for the Pre-Kickoff Rules. Plus Inter-District Event Registration is now open and it's time to get those registration payments in for the 2020 Season!

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FRC Blog
2019-11-12 15:48:19

Woodie Celebration, Religious Exemptions to Championship Assignment, Beta Testing Reminder about RSVP'ing to Woodie's Celebration of Life, as well as an opportunity for teams to request a FIRST Championship reassignment because of religious reasons. Plus, thanks to our Beta Testing teams!

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2019-11-13 12:37:45

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FRC Blog
2019-11-14 15:53:24

Virtual (KOP) is Now Reality Not sure if you noticed… but the Kit of Parts webpage was updated today with some PreKickoff Virtual goodies

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FRC Blog
2019-11-18 15:58:21

Prep now so you're ready for Kickoff Now that event selection is over, it's time to get ready to travel to your event!

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FRC Blog
2019-11-19 15:48:24

A New Team Update, FIRST Choice Opening, Safety Animation Due, Wildcards Check out Team Update 5 available in the Q&A System! Plus, FIRST Choice Round 1 opens November 22 at Noon ET and submissions for the Safety Animation Award are due Thursday, December 5, at 3PM ET! And good news! Wildcards will be available at all 2020 Regional Events!

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FRC Blog
2019-11-25 09:18:20

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Erin Mitchell FIRST alum and mentor Erin Mitchell inspires young women to pursue careers in STEM. 

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FRC Blog
2019-11-26 15:18:17

New President, Q&A Closing, Thanksgiving Closing Welcome to our new president, Larry Cohen! Plus, the Q&A will close on Thursday, December 5 at Noon ET and our offices will be close from Wednesday, November 27 at 3pm ET until Monday, December 2 at 8:30am ET.

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2019-11-27 15:42:07

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FRC Blog
2019-12-03 15:28:16

#GivingTuesday and Reminders Today is #GivingTuesday! Join the movement today! Also, lots of reminders, including Safety Animation Award, FIRST Choice Round 1, and the Q&A System!

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FRC Blog
2019-12-05 15:18:17

One More Team Update and Q&A Closing Extension Another Team Update is now available! The Q&A will close on Tuesday, December 10, at Noon ET! Be sure to get your questions in soon!

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2019-12-05 17:38:48

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FRC Blog
2019-12-06 15:18:18

Celebration of Life for Woodie Flowers Don't forget to join us for Woodie's Celebration of Life on Monday, December 9 from 4pm to 5pm ET.

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FRC Blog
2019-12-11 21:28:20

How to prepare for the 2020 season now! Check out all the resources available to your team now from Autodesk!

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FRC Blog
2019-12-12 15:28:15

Celebration of Life for Woodie A life remembered and celebrated.

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FRC Blog
2019-12-16 15:38:19

You-Bring-It to FIRST Championship Pilot no more! At both 2020 FIRST Championship locations, all teams will be able to bring their competition robots into the event themselves if they choose to do so.

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FRC Blog
2019-12-19 15:38:17

Safety, a Shopping List, and FIRST Championship Allocations for Districts We’ve said it hundreds of times before: Nothing you are doing in FIRST is worth getting hurt over. 

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