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Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:18

Today’s good question comes from Jay O’Donnell, from FRC Team 1058, PVC Pirates, out of Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA:

Question:

Hey Frank,

I was part of the New England District this past year and I have to say overall it was a very positive experience. However, the one thing I did not like was the timing between when teams were announced for NE champs and the event, and the timing between teams being invited to world championships and the actual event. I know that there were teams invited to...

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Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:28

Please see the note below from FRC Program Coordinator, Hannah Foust. Among other things, Hannah is responsible for our survey activity.

I know that we have a lot of surveys in FRC, but we’re asking for your feedback one more time in the Post Season Survey. For the 2014 post season wrap-up, we are seeking feedback on items like the FRC Email Blasts, Dean’s List Interview process, and game design.

Once the survey is over, we plan to share the data we collect. We use these surveys to help us make important...

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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:07

Today’s good question comes from Brian R., from FRC Team 2383, The Ninjineers, out of Plantation, Florida, USA:

Question:

I’d like to ask you more about the format of the World Championships next season and in the future. I am really excited about the expanded FRC championships. I’d like to know about how many teams will be there, how they will compete, and how they will get there. For example, will there be 600 teams? Will there be 6 or 8 fields? Would regional finalists or other specific award winners be invited to St. Louis? Also, has...

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Mon, 06/02/2014 - 15:56

Frank Answers Fridays

Remember Frank Answers Fridays? We’re starting it back up. Send your good questions about FRC to goodfrcquestion@usfirst.org. As I said in the original blog about this feature last year, “A ‘good’ question is one that has broad applicability to the FRC program, addresses a key issue, and is well thought out.” I may not be able to answer a question every Friday, but I’...

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Fri, 05/30/2014 - 08:47

Have you taken a look at the FIRST Career page lately? We’ve got some job openings in FRC we’re working to fill.

We are looking for a Systems Engineer, who will work for Electrical Engineering Manager Matt Pilotte, and will be supporting the development of game, field, and robot systems. This position requires, at minimum, a BS in Engineering or Computer Science and five years of experience. See full details on the website.

We are also looking for a Kit of Parts Engineer, who will work...

Posted On:
Wed, 05/21/2014 - 12:49

2015 FRC Registration Payment Due Date Moved

At the 2014 Kickoff, we encountered some challenges in making sure all teams received their kits as expected either at their Kickoff location or via MySite shipment.  In some cases, teams were missing major sets of Kickoff Kit items, such as entire totes or drive bases.  Missing major sets of items like these did not happen to a high percentage of teams, but when something like this does happen, it’s obvious this can significantly impact a team’s schedule and their ability to be successful.  A task force was formed...

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Fri, 05/16/2014 - 08:43

Kit of Parts Survey

Please don’t forget to fill out that Kit of Parts survey! You can find it here.  We really do use it to make sure we’re delivering the best possible value in the kit to FRC teams.

Another Great Idea from the Community

I love to see new, exciting ideas from the community. Did you see this? Some fine folks are working to...

Posted On:
Tue, 05/13/2014 - 08:07

FIRST in Michigan Championship Special to be Broadcast

Interested in seeing the intense action at the Michigan Championship this season? If you are in Michigan, you can watch it on your local television stations according to this schedule.

If you aren’t in Michigan, you can watch the special on demand, starting at 9PM EST tonight, here....

Posted On:
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 08:53

Luke Arm FDA Approved

Dean’s ‘Luke Arm’ recently received FDA approval! Check out the details here.

Off-Season Events

Please see the note below from Hannah Foust, FRC Program Coordinator. In addition to many other things, Hannah is responsible for handling Off-Season events from a headquarters perspective:

Although the official 2014...

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Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:42

Please see the blog post below for important information from our Kit of Parts team, Kate & Collin:

2015 FRC Control System

One of the exciting parts of the 2014 FIRST Championship was the ability to show off the new hardware components that will make up the 2015 FRC Control System. Members of the CS Team from FIRST, National Instruments, Cross the Road Electronics, and WPI also had the opportunity to take questions from the audience at two 2015 Control System presentations.

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Posted On:
Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:49


Last night, the FRC Staff got together for a little season-end celebration. I was deeply moved when the staff presented me with my very own trophy:

Trophy

Thanks, guys!

Frank

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Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:48

I got firsthand, in-depth experience with FIRST Fandom last Friday, when I participated as a guest on GameSense. The show started at 8PM EST, with me being on for about an hour, then continued for about another hour with EJ from the Poofs. I took a break when EJ was on, but turned the show on again toward the end of his segment, when I saw the great GameSense hosts were planning to continue the show with an AMA using the chat window on Twitch. I joined in – about 10PM by this point –...

Posted On:
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:33

Thanks

Wow, what a season we had! From a very different FRC game that had its own unique strengths and weaknesses, to running over 10,000 matches at nearly 100 events, to the addition of two new Districts, to significant changes to awards, to all sorts of changes at Championship – and I could go on - we’ve had a wild, and fun, ride. 

I’d like to thank the incredible FRC Staff for all they did this year. As I’ve said in earlier posts, the community doesn’t know the names of most of them, but they work very hard to deliver the...

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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:34

I forgot an issue at Championship I wanted to be sure to mention. When the Alliances in the finals were asked to shake hands, the fourth team in the Alliance was excluded. This was not good. We wanted to make sure all teams on the Alliance were treated as equally as possible, and this was a miss on our part. We’ll get this fixed for next year. All four teams on each Alliance will be invited to shake hands with the other Alliance.

Frank

Posted On:
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:39

I hope everyone who attended the FIRST Championship is recovered from all the activity!  

As I did last year, I wanted to list initial impressions on what went well at the FIRST Championship from an FRC perspective, and what could use some work. Just like the lists last year, these aren’t intended to be exhaustive. Also, note that these pros and cons are for the Championship itself only, not about the game or any other aspect of FRC or FIRST this season.

Pros

    • 10 scheduled qualification matches for every FRC team...

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