Frank Answers Friday: Pool Noodles

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Today’s good question comes from Billfred (not his real name, but we’re rolling with it) Leverette, a mentor on FRC Team 4901, Garnet Squadron, from Columbia, South Carolina, USA:


Should we buy pool noodles this fall?

--Billfred Leverette
Head Bot Coach and Eternal Optimist
FRC 4901 (Garnet Squadron)


Hi Billfred,

Are You Ready?

Initial event registration is just over one week away! FIRST HQ is buzzing with activity in preparation, and the excitement is building. We want to make sure the teams, also, are ‘green to go’ for the big day!

Inter-District Play for 2016

Today's blog comes from Miriam Somero, FRC District Manager.

A cross-functional task force, which included volunteers from all eight FRC Districts, met to evaluate the 2015 inter-district play experience and propose a plan for inter-district play for 2016.

FIRST Tech Challenge - Are you ready!!???

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FTC are you ready!? I know that I’m looking forward to FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff this weekend!

In celebration of the 2015/2016 FIRST Tech Challenge Season – I wanted to share a few FTC-specific tips on searching for scholarships.

FRC Community Sponsored Awards

Today's blog comes from Jamee Luce, FRC Team Advocate.

The FRC Community is an incredible one! With our core values of Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism, we serve as a role model for the way the world could operate. But how do you recognize the almost 3,000 teams for doing work that is often above and beyond what is expected? That would be a long Awards Ceremony! 

Duck Vine

Duck Vine

One squeaky duck toy = a squeaky duck toy

Dozens of squeaky duck toys = the Visigoths descending on Rome

2016 FIRST Scholarship Program is Live!

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FIRST Alumni Programs

Welcome to the 2016 FIRST Scholarships Program! I'm Michelle, the Alumni Programs Manager at FIRST HQ.  I'll be your guide through our Scholarship and Alumni Programs; You can reach me if you have any questions or needs at or or leave a comment below.

Here are some of the important updates on all the parts of the FIRST Alumni Programs:

Windows 10 And Beta Testing

Today's blog comes from Kevin O'Connor, FRC Robotics Engineer.

Windows 10 and FRC 2016

Frank Answers Friday: Championship Slots

Today’s good question comes from Jon Stratis, a mentor on FRC Team 2177, The Robettes, from Mendota, Minnesota, USA:


Frank -