Email Blast- Withholding Allowance Increase~FRC Awards~Please Nominate us!~Upcoming Resources


Greetings Teams:

Withholding Allowance Increase: The weight limit referenced in R18 in the FRC Competition Manual has been increased to 45 pounds (the manual will be updated shortly to reflect this). For additional information, please visit the FRC Blog:

FRC Awards: The Chairman’s and Entrepreneurship Awards close for submissions on Thursday, 2/13/14 at 12 pm (noon) ET in STIMS.  

Submissions for the FIRST Future Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund are now open. New this year – the winner gets to meet with Dean! For details on the award, please visit:

The Media & Technology Innovation Award sponsored by Comcast/NBCUniversal is also open for submissions. Details on the award, along with a link to the submission portal, are available here:

The FIRST 3D Printing Award sponsored by America Makes and ORNL is also open at this time. Submission details are available here:

Information on all FRC Awards is available in Section 6 of the FRC Administrative Manual:

PLEASE Nominate us! Please take a moment to nominate FIRST for a social media award in the Shorty Awards! We have currently dropped to 3rd place in the "Education" category. Help us regain our lead by submitting your nomination here:

Don't use Twitter? There are other ways to help us "make it loud!"” Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Resources:

National Instruments (NI)  offers training materials, grants and competitions for FRC & FTC teams. To learn more, visit

PTC offers free Product Development Software to all FIRST teams. PTC software will enable collaboration, increase efficiency, and enhance accuracy during your team’s Robot Design Process. To help get your team started, PTC runs a weekly webinar series called, Robotalk.  Robotalk gives an in-depth introduction to PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad, and PTC Windchill.  Webinar replays are available on the PTC FIRST Community Site.  For more information on software offerings, grant sponsorships, online training and hands-on workshops, please visit:

Autodesk  To make it easier for teams to design the next great robot, FIRST has partnered with Autodesk, to provide Autodesk® Design Academy 2014 software licenses to schools who have a FIRST program. The Autodesk grant program is designed to help inspire students to develop a lifelong love for design and prepare them for successful careers. The software will be available free* to schools that have an active and registered FIRST team for the  2013/2014 competition year. The grant provides access to Autodesk software that can be used to support extracurricular competition programs as well as in classroom use. Teachers can apply for an Autodesk software grant on behalf of their school by completing a simple grant request form or learn more about the Autodesk grant program read the Autodesk Grant Resource Guide. To see additional resources available to FIRST teams visit Students and faculty can also download free* Autodesk software for their personal computers at Autodesk’s Education Community. *Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services.

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) is brought to you, in part, by our generous Sponsors and Suppliers. For a full list, please visit

Go Teams!