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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!
FIRST Steamworks downloadable content - logos, wallpapers, ringtones, posters.
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.
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Veteran Team Drive Base Option and Registration Progress The Drive Base Opt Out is now available! Also, a quick Registration Update.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
hey - there's a game hint here! (5 person drive team?)
Maybe we need to implement AI in the robot, and it becomes the fifth member of the drive team.
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...
One of the ringtones was a train whistle - robot on rails?
I'd say we'll be feeding coal into a train firebox but that's pretty anti-recycling and -clean energy
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Check out @FRCTeams's Tweet: https://twitter.com/FRCTeams/status/832980138199498756?s=09
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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...
Qualified Rookie Teams on Waitlists for Non-Home Championships More clarification and changes to the FIRST Championship Waitlist process for Qualified Rookie Teams.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
2018 <em>FIRST</em> 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.
Training on Equity, Diversity & 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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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"...
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.
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.
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!
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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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!
Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct The details about the 2018 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct are here!
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...
Behind the Lines
The next episode of Behind the Lines premieres Wednesday, December 6th, at 8 PM Eastern Time here!
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.
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.
<em>FIRST</em> Championship Allocation for Districts and <em>FIRST</em> POWER UP Buttons We’ve determined the number of FIRST Championship slots the Districts are getting in 2018. See the table below:
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.
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.
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.
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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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:
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!
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.
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.
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
*Thread Reply:* I wanted to keep frc uncluttered, and strategy would be better, as more people are probably connected to strategy than frc
So far Kenneth has been posting those in strategy
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.
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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PTC’s Vuforia Chalk lets FIRST teams collaborate in Augmented Reality Check out PTC's new computer vision and AR platform, Vuforia!
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!
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!
Houston is Looking Good and We’re Eliminating the Bag!* (For Houston!*) Information on Bag Checks for FIRST Championship Houston!
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!
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!
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!
FIRST Robotics Competition Team Registration is Now Open! 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Registration now open. Sign up today!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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*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.
*Thread Reply:* Hmmmmmm - maybe like an airlock?!
*Thread Reply:* I think its about an airlock. Especially because airlocks are small and sealed... kind of like an elevator (to an extent).
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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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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
FIRST Championship Houston Subdivision Assignments – Fresh Baked Bread 2019 FIRST Championship Houston Preliminary Subdivision Assignments!
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FIRST Championship Houston Subdivision Assignments – Sizzling Bacon FIRST Championship Detroit Subdvisions are here!
So sad, best wishes for Kendrick Castillo’s family, friends, and teammates
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.
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.
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!
*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.
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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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!
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!
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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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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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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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!
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.
#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!
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!
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.
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.