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The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) community can come here for (at least) weekly musings on the FRC program, news, community highlights, science and technology shout-outs, and more directly from FIRST Headquarters! Comments are welcome, but they must embody the FIRST values of Gracious Professionalism® and will be moderated prior to posting. Thank you for helping to keep the conversations civil and productive.

Posted On:
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:16

From the film The Matrix, 1999.

From the film The Matrix, 1999.

Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering AND a  burning desire to change the world?  Looking for the most challenging, frustrating, fulfilling, exhausting, uplifting job you will probably ever have?  We’ve just posted a position for ‘...

Posted On:
Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:08

District Ranking Reporting

Good news, I think. District team ranking has been automated and centralized (using the standard points system published in FRC Admin Manual - Section 7). Districts no longer need to calculate or track ranking information themselves, and teams can go to this common website for up to...

Posted On:
Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:25

Event Openings

We currently have space available at the Regionals below. If you are interested in signing up, please email our friendly Team Support folks at and they will be happy to help.

Week 2:

  • Mexico City Regional
  • Arkansas Rock City Regional

Week 3:

  • Israel Regional
  • Australia Regional

Week 4:

  • AZ East Regional
  • Waterloo Regional
  • ...
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Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:38

Today we have a guest Blog from Chris Fultz, mentor on FRC Team 234 and 2010 Championship Woodie Flowers Award recipient. FRC Team 234, Cyber Blue, is from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Each fall, the Championship Woodie Flower Award (WFA) recipients gather for a few days to share stories, talk about teams and discuss how we can help FIRST continue to grow and prosper.  Dr. William Murphy, who founded the award, his wife, Bev, and Margaret Flowers are our wonderful hosts for the weekend. Often, we are able to meet with key FIRST leaders to...

Posted On:
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:45

Today we have a guest blog from Paul Lazarus, FIRST Executive Advisory Board member and Director/Producer of the film SlingShot.

Dear FIRST Community,

FIRST  is very important to me....

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Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:35

Award Deadline

Don’t forget that submissions for Chairman’s Award and Dean’s List are due Thursday, 2/19, by Noon Eastern Time. As with everything else, the best way to make sure you are on time is to plan to be early, so if something unexpected happens you can still meet the deadline. Please note, as well, the Noon deadline is Eastern Time. If you are not in the Eastern Time Zone, your deadline will be at a different time locally. See all the details on these awards in Section 6 of the FRC Admin Manual, which you can find...

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Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:51

You know what goes great with Stop Build Day?  A little Shakespeare, specifically a little ‘Henry V’.

(A scene from Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V, released in 1989)

The scene is outside the walled town of Harfleur, in France.  King Henry and his troops, from England, are attempting to take the town, and have managed to create an opening, a breach, in the walls, but have...

Posted On:
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:03

Today’s post is a look at one of our Crown Suppliers, guest written by Innovation First International.

Did you know that Innovation First International (IFI) was actually born from the FIRST Robotics Competition?  Our founders, Tony Norman (right) and...

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:01

As you are winding down your build season – stop build day is coming up soon! - please keep safety in mind. Under the stress and fatigue of these last few build days, it’s even more important to make sure you and your team are staying safe. As we’ve said before, nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt over.

Speaking of safety, now is a good time to announce our Safety Animation Award Winner for 2015! The winner, along with the runners-up, were selected by our Safety Alliance Partner, Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), by a panel of judges that included the CEO of UL, Keith...

Posted On:
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:19

Don’t forget that this Thursday, February 12, at Noon Eastern is the deadline for submission for both the Woodie Flowers Award and the Entrepreneurship Award.  Don’t miss your chance to submit!  You can find more details on these two awards in Section 6 of the FRC Admin Manual.

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Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:55

Today’s blog post is from a special guest, Jason Baker, from the FedEx Innovation Challenge Team. 

Every FIRST team has done it. You’ve sat up late at night with your crew, dreaming up THE coolest, most epic game idea ever! If only you had a way to share this idea with the Game Design Committee at FIRST...

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Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:37

As many of you know, with the increase to 600 FRC teams at the FIRST Championship this year, we have outgrown our four traditional fields. For 2015, we’ll have eight fields in the dome, and those additional four fields need names. These new names will be added to our traditional names of Archimedes, Curie, Galileo, and Newton. Each of these eight names will be used to identify a Subdivision for FRC teams at the FIRST Championship. When we transition to the FIRST Championship final matches, in which each Subdvision Winning Alliance will be competing, two...

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Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:01

As I’ve said a few times, the Standard District Points System will be made an official part of the FRC Manual this season, and in future seasons. It will come as a new Section 7 of the FRC Administrative Manual that deals broadly with advancement, not just for Districts, but for Regionals as well, covering such topics as Wild Cards. That new section is under final review. I apologize for the delay. In the meantime, folks are understandably anxious about what the points system will look like for this season, with our move away from Win/Loss/Tie in Recycle Rush, so I want to provide...

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Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:20

In this blog I announced changes to the feedback teams submitting for the Chairman’s Award would receive this season. We have received some feedback about these changes, from individual teams as well as our Hall of Fame teams, expressing concern about the lack of written feedback for teams this year. It’s fair to raise questions about this....

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Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:51

Let’s just acknowledge that some of the Game Design Committee’s Q&A answers transcend simple customer service and pass into the realm of high art. Such as with the instant classic that is the response to Q163 submitted by our friends from Team 999, MechaRams, from Cheshire, CT, USA:

The information, factually correct. The economy of language, stunning. And the overall effect,...