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NI Week 2013

NI Week

I want to thank our friends and partners National Instruments for being such wonderful hosts to Don Bossi, Kate Pilotte, Kim Weirman and me at NI Week. They are unbelievably wonderful partners and truly ‘get’ FIRST in every corner of the organization. Thank you!

Frank Answers Fridays: August 2, 2013

Today’s good question comes from Billfred Leverette of Team 2815, Los Pollos Locos, from Columbia, SC

Question:

Why did we not get to see The Holy Cows' Chairman’s video at Championship?

Answer:

Thanks for the question, Billfred.

Invite to Decline -- Follow Up, and Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on the Invite to Decline strategy. Reading through them has helped clarify my thinking, and the sheer volume of comments we received shows this was an important topic.

My Apologies

On yesterday's FRC Blog entry discussing our alliance selection procedure, a negative comment was posted that was directed to two specific teams.  Negative comments about specific teams or individuals are not in the intended spirit of this blog, and we should not have allowed them to be posted. I sincerely apologize for that. The comment, and follow-on response, have been deleted.

What Do You Think? The ‘Invite to Decline’ Strategy

I’ve been thinking about the Invite to Decline (also known as the ‘Scorched Earth’) strategy that teams sometimes employ during alliance selection. 

Frank Answers Fridays: July 19, 2013

Today’s good question is from Kevin Leonard, a student from Team 20 in New York.

Question:

Hi, Frank.

I'm Kevin Leonard, a student on Team 20. I was wondering about the former animation competition, why it got scrapped, and if it would ever return.

Frank Answers Fridays: July 12, 2013

Today’s question comes from Alex Tannahill, an FRC Volunteer from Michigan:

Question:

I find the purpose and correct application of the Q&A cloudy.  I have heard from different sources that it only exists to provide one interpretation of the rules, on the other hand I have heard it exists to clarify any confusing rules and results should be treated as part of the manual.

Want to work in FRC?

We’ve got two exciting full time job openings in FRC that were recently posted, one for a Mechanical Engineer and one for a Software Engineer. You can find the details here:  http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/employment. You don’t need to enter any search terms on the web page, just click the ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the ‘Job Listings’ section and you will be able to find them quickly in the list. 

Here’s the overview of the Mechanical Engineer position:

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