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FRC Needs Team T-Shirts for the Kickoff Videos

The FRC Engineering staff had a great idea. Instead of the FRC staff wearing traditional FRC shirts-and-khakis for the Kickoff videos they’ll be filming, how about if we ask teams to send in their t-shirts for the staff to wear?

Frank Answers Fridays

The Frank Answers Fridays feature of this blog is going to take a little hiatus until after Kickoff.  Relatively few questions have been received in the last few weeks, and I’m finding myself with less time to answer the questions I already have as we prepare for the 2014 season.   We’ll start up again in January.

Frank

Dean Kamen Receives Global Humanitarian Award

Tonight, at The Tech Awards Gala in Santa Clara, California, Dean will be presented with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. This award “honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are helping address humanity’s greatest challenges.”

Read more about this prestigious award including the write up about Dean – with, of course, a spotlight on FIRST

Robot Transportation and Robot Transportation Exemptions

Our wonderful Team Support Group - these are the helpful folks at FIRST that respond to team phone calls and emails - asked that we include some information about robot transportation in the FRC Blog this week.

Awards and 2014 Operating System Support

Chairman’s Award, FIRST Dean’s List Award, Woodie Flowers Award and Entrepreneurship Award Submissions open Thursday, 11/14/13 at 12 pm (noon) ET

Frank Answers….Monday? Again?

Sorry for the delay on this one!

This week’s question comes from Eric Husmann, who is currently between teams, and is from the Los Angeles area, California, USA:

Question:

I was wondering about some of the workings of the FRC Game Design Committee. Specifically:

--What are some of their constraints? Or, to put it another way, what objectives do the games need to meet?

Standard District Points Ranking System – More Info

I’ve provided some clarifications and more information related to the FRC Standard District Points Ranking System below.  In addition, the summary document has been updated.  You may find the new version here.

Team Age

Team Age points are applied only once per season, not once per event.

FIRST Choice 2014

FIRST Choice will be back for the 2014 FRC Season!

There are a few relevant FIRST Choice dates about which you should know.

New Standard District Points Ranking System and Frank Answers Fridays

New Standard District Points Ranking System

I see the new points ranking system is generating some comments and questions.  I'll address some of these next week.

Frank Answers Fridays

There will be no Frank Answers Fridays feature this week.  If things go well, I will have one next week.

New FRC Standard District Points Ranking System: 2014

As some of you are aware, we have had a team working on developing a standard points ranking system for use in all four of the Districts we will have in 2014.  Members of the team in addition to me included:

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