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Entry and Seating at the FIRST Championship

We want to make sure everyone attending the FIRST Championship has a safe and enjoyable experience. We’ve made a few changes to entry and seating we think will help improve things this year.

One Additional Entrance Open

Orlando Incident

At the Orlando Regional, the number one ranked alliance was retroactively disqualified for two matches because of a failure to be re-inspected after a modification had been made to one of their robots, the robot of Team 1902, Exploding Bacon. I received a phone call from the field on this incident before the disqualification was announced, and supported the recommendation of the disqualification based on the information I had available at the time. 

Guest Blog from FedEx

I'm pleased to present a guest blog from FedEx, a FIRST Strategic Partner and Crown Supplier to FRC:

Scott Evans, FLL Engineer, and David Nelson from FedEx

Week 1 Review

Week 1 Review

Positives

I attended the Granite State District event in Nashua, NH, over the weekend. What a wonderful, high energy event! We were in a High School gym, and while it was smaller scale than we’ve been used to with our New England events, there’s something about having the stands full and the spectators ‘right there’, close to the field, that drove the energy. We also had a NH Senator, a NH Congresswoman, and Dean himself show up to speak, which made things even more special. 

We Need Your Stories

FIRST Needs Your Stories!

From Blair Hundertmark, MC Extraordinaire and so much more:

We’re looking for stories from across the FIRST community to share and highlight at the Championship, and we need your help.

Not every great story trickles back to FIRST HQ, so we need you “in the field” who work directly with the Teams to be our conduit. 

Week 1

Hope everyone is excited as I am about the first official FRC events of the 2014 Season, starting tomorrow!

Trucks with all the equipment are in place, or on the way, and the handful of robots that are being shipped to events have arrived safely at their drayage locations. In several cases, fields are already going up!

Stop Build Day

Stop Build Day

I don’t know about you, but when I think ‘Stop Build Day’, I think Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’.

Here’s the scene. King Henry of England is preparing for what will come to be known as the Battle of Agincourt against the French, in which his army is outnumbered five to one. He rallies his troops with a rousing speech, part of which goes like this:

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,

But he’ll remember, with advantages,

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