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Wild Cards 2013 and the Harlem Shake

Hello Teams,

I hope everyone caught up on some sleep over the weekend.  Only a few more days until our first official events of the season, and as we say up here, I am ‘wicked’ excited!

Hey, remember Wild Cards?  I talked about them in the FRC Blog way back in September.  Teams can earn Wild Card Slots as described on the Championship Eligibility page.

Week 0 Observations and Stop Build Day

On Saturday, February 16th, FRC staff supported two ‘Week 0’ scrimmages, one in Connecticut and one in New Hampshire.  These events were run with official fields and electronics that will be put on the road during competition season.  FRC supports these events so we can test out our systems and see how the game plays with real FRC Teams.  We carefully review what we see at these events, and work to improve our systems, and if necessary, the game, in preparation for competition.

Here’s what we learned about which we thought you’d like to hear:

Information about the new Media and Technology Innovation Award sponsored by Comcast

Teams, I am very sorry for getting this information out so late to you.  I recognize how much you have going on, and how important it is that you have information early so you can plan your seasons. The good news is, I am now ready to give you all the details on this award.  As you can see from the headline on this blog, the Digital Media Award has gone through a name change.  It is now the Media and Technology Innovation Award sponsored by Comcast.  We’re very happy to have Comcast sponsoring this award!

Mandatory Team Update & Axis M1013 Camera

Mandatory Team Update

Yesterday, we posted a Team Update that included a link to a mandatory Driver Station software update. This software update addresses issues with DS-FMS diagnostics and includes the new Log File Viewer. I wanted to call it out specifically because you won’t be able to compete without this new version. It’s a quick and easy update but if you have questions, please use the Technical Q&A system. Good luck!

Plastic Air Tanks -- Important Safety Notice

Over the weekend, it was brought to our attention that a failure of the white polypropylene air tank, donated by Clippard (Clippard PN: AVT-PP-41, AndyMark PN: am-2007, FIRST Choice PN: fc13-100), had occurred. Since the incident, Clippard has been in direct contact with the team that experienced the failure and is working to determine the root cause of the failure.

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