myRIO Expansion Port – It’s back!

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

I’ve received approval to let you know that MXP rules will remain the same for the 2016 FRC season (Reference last year’s blog introducing the MXP and R43, R57, and R58 from the 2015 Competition Manual).

Now Open: 2016 Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship

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2015 Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship Recipients at Championship

In 2012, the Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship was established, in memory of long tenured and passionate FIRST supporter, distinguished pediatric oncologist, cancer pharmacologist and devoted family man, Bart Kamen. 

Five for FIRST

Hello teams!

I hope most of you have had a chance to see the 2016 FRC Season Teaser released last night with the help of our friends at GameSense. If not, you can find it here. The GameSense crew and their guests seemed to be having a good time with the teaser, and I’ll tell you the FIRST staff who watched the show was having a good time watching the community have a good time.

The Teaser is Coming!

Today’s the big day for the 2016 Season teaser world premiere! You’ll be able to see it at 9PM EST on GameSense. Thanks, again, to GameSense, for hosting this event! It’s going to be a fantastic party! As I said before, I think you will not want to miss this, it will be a big deal. 

Pit Set-Up and Trophies

Pit Set-Up at Events

We have heard from some in the community that they would like to be able to set up their pits during what would traditionally be a load-in only period the afternoon or evening before events officially start. After considering this carefully, and getting feedback from the Regional Directors, we’ve decided to make this a local option.

Chairman’s Award Submissions Definitions

Hello Teams,

The most prestigious team award in FIRST is, and I believe always will be, the Chairman’s Award. For a team to earn this award, they must be able to describe, among other accomplishments, their initiatives in supporting other teams. In doing so, teams often use phrases like “we started x FLL teams” or “we mentored y FRC teams”. As teams may have different definitions of what terms like ‘started’ or ‘mentored’ mean in this context, it can be difficult for Chairman’s Award Judges to compare accomplishments between teams.

2017 Championship Planning

In this blog, I said we were looking for a volunteer from the community to help us plan what geographic areas would be assigned to which FIRST Championship in 2017, and help us find a potential way in which teams may volunteer for and be selected to attend their non-home Championship.

Looking for Internships?

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Have you checked out the Internship Portal yet? Now is the time of year when many companies are starting to fill spaces for summer internships – It feels early, but there are already some looming deadlines.

Check out the FIRST Internship Portal at now to see what’s available.

Not finding your dream internship in the portal yet? Keep checking back – more opportunities are being added all the time.