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FRC Blogged - 2013 FIRST Championship Registration and Request for Proposals for 2013 FRC Season Workshop Presentations

2013 FIRST Championship Registration

FRC Teams may register for Championship in St Louis as shown below.  

Registration for Pre-Qualifying Teams opens on 10/11/12 at noon.  Pre-Qualifying teams are as follows:

•             Hall of Fame teams

•             Original and Sustaining teams

FRC Blogged - Lightning (I couldn’t resist)

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Hello Teams,

OK, fourth blog this week – a possible record.  I had been holding off on this one until we had a quiet week, but that may be never, so here goes.

FRC Blogged - FMS White Paper, The New Media Award, and District Dates

Hello Teams,

As promised in the Einstein Investigation Report, FRC Engineering has created a white paper to help you understand how the Field Management System (FMS) works.  You can download the document here.

FRC Blogged - Neil Armstrong

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moon footprint

We’re sad to hear that Neil Armstrong, first person to set foot on the moon, has passed.  The legacy of his accomplishment, and the accomplishment of the many thousands of individuals on NASA’s Apollo Program team, will certainly stand the test of time.   It’s hard for many of us to imagine the limitations of the technology available to Neil and the team at the time – the Apollo Guidance Computers on-board the Command Module and Lunar Excursion Module each had 2kB (yes, that’s a ‘k’) of RAM, and weighed 70 pounds.  In 1969, of course, this was cutting edge, but even so,

FRC Blogged - Beta Testing Process

Hello Teams,

It’s beta test time again! As FRC prepares for the 2013 season we are seeking a limited number of teams to assist us with beta testing new software.  A limited number of teams will also be asked to test hardware elements of the control system. Interested teams should complete the Beta Test Application available here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5WBKJ26 by Friday, September 7, 2012 at noon ET. 

Beta testing will run from September 2012 through the end of December 2012.

Beta Test Goals

FRC Blogged - Where Do You Want To Be?

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Dave Lavery inside the NASA control room

Take a look at the photo.  This is a shot inside the NASA control room during the recent landing of the rover Curiosity on mars.  In the center of the photo, holding his glasses, is FRC supporter and volunteer extraordinaire Dave Lavery, NASA Program Executive, Solar System Exploration. (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls).

Dean's 'Lair' and FIRST Place

Hello Teams,

Hear Dean talk about FIRST on Bloomberg Rewind.  Listen to a commentator compare Dean's home to a ‘lair’.  I’m pretty sure it was intended as a compliment!  Dean’s portion starts 29 minutes in to the program:  http://www.bloomberg.com/video/eu-leaders-support-euro-rewind-7-30-DqIN0~DyTmKe068fgWSiSA.html

Einstein Report Follow up and others

Hello Teams,

Thanks so much for your emails to 2012frcfeedback@usfirst.org regarding the Einstein report.  As Jon said in his note when the report was released, we may not be able to respond to every email directly, but we will be reviewing and considering each.  If you haven’t had your say yet, I encourage you to email it in.

Einstein Report Released

Hello Teams,

The Einstein Report, along with important information from Jon Dudas, President of FIRST, has been released.