What’s a FIRST Senior Mentor (FSM)? And why should you reach out to your FSM?


Today's blog post was written by Ashley Liles, FIRST® Senior Mentor/AmeriCorps VISTA Programs Manager.

What’s an FSM? Another wonderful FIRST acronym, FSM stands for FIRST Senior Mentor.

Behind the Lines: Prototyping

Today’s blog post was written by Erin Bourassa, FRC Program Manager.

Tonight's topic for Behind the Lines is "Effective Prototyping Strategies".

GameSense has lined up some of the best prototypers in the FRC community! This show is going to be very informative and exciting. Make sure to stick around for the Q&A section at the end.

The show will air, November 11th, 2015 at 9:00pm EST and will feature:

Paul Ventimiglia, FRC 254 mentor, 2014 World Champions, Designer of Bite Force, 2015 Battlebots Champion

Get Ready to Make FIRST Choices

Today’s blog post was written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition’s Kit of Parts Manager.

I’ve challenged myself to write this blog in a way that it has all the information needed if you’re new (or need a refresher), but also so experts out there can just skim the bolded content and get the gist. Here goes…

We’re doing FIRST Choice again. If you already know what FIRST Choice is, you can skip this part. If you’re still reading, you’re a rookie team, want a refresher, or can’t resist reading something you were told you could skip.


Today, for the first time in FIRST Robotics Competition history, we surpassed 3,000 teams registered for the program. There is nothing particularly special about this figure, other than it being a nice round number, and it starting with a three instead of a two, but it does mean we continue to reach more teams and change more lives, and that’s exciting!

Frank Answers Friday: Chairman's Award Deadline

Today’s good question comes from Jacob Bendicksen, a member of FRC Team 1540, the Flaming Chickens, from Portland, Oregon, USA


Hi Frank,

2016 Motor Controllers


Today’s blog post was written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition’s Kit of Parts Manager.

You may have noticed that every now and then we release information about a season before its Kickoff; sometimes it’s because we think it’s just that helpful to know ahead of time, sometimes it’s because we’re being playful, and sometimes it’s an accident.

This instance is the first one.

We want you to know that the list of legal motor controllers for the 2016 season is expanding.

Help a PhD Student complete her Dissertation

Purdue PhD student, Lara Cheng, as part of her dissertation, is researching how FRC teams approach robot performance analysis for operational assessment and scouting, and how they utilize the information they collect. If you are an FRC Mentor 18 years of age or older, you can help! Please click this link to fill out a brief survey. We will share the results of Lara’s research when they become available.

The survey closes on 11/08 at 11:59PM EST.