New Districts, Frank Answers Fridays, and More!

New Districts!

Many of you have probably already heard, but I’m pleased to formally (and finally) announce that we have three new Districts for the 2016 season!

The FIRST Chesapeake District - Maryland, Virginia, & Washington D.C.

North Carolina

The Peachtree District - Georgia

All teams within these states and Washington D.C. will automatically become part of their given District.

Behind the Scenes at IRI

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

The Palmetto Regional

Today's blog comes from Andrea Winegar, FIRST Manager of Field Operations.

Hi there, FRC Teams…

I hope the start of your July has been super!

As Frank and the FRC staff here in NH begin to post the dates for the 2016 FRC season, I’m sure you are eager to learn about when and where each awesome event will occur.  Today’s post is intended to share with you an important, “One-Time Only” event date change:   

Yeah It Is!


Only 259 Days Until the Alamo Regional


And Central Valley is on that same weekend! How do I know? Well, event dates have just started to be posted here.

We post when we have confirmation (usually a signed contract) with the venues, or otherwise have firm information on dates.

FRC Team Advocate Introduction

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

What happens after you take the Red Pill?

It’s pretty much just like The Matrix…well, FIRST doesn’t run on the energy from humans plugged into a big generator, but you get the idea. And I haven’t been to see the Oracle yet, but I know my chance is coming. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself.

Outstanding Public Service Award for Woodie Flowers Award Winner

Dr. Earl Scime, 2012 Woodie Flowers Award winner, was recently named the winner of West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences 2015 Outstanding Public Service Award. See all the details here. His work with FIRST was cited, including the insane 27 hour long FRC Endurance Event that took place last August - West Virginia RObotics eXtreme - hosted by his FRC team, 2614, MARS.

Kit of Parts Survey

Today’s blog post is a reminder blog from FRC Kit of Parts Engineer, Jonathan Bryant.

Please don’t forget to fill out the Kit of Parts survey, which can be found here. The survey will be closing June 14, 2015. We really do use this survey to help enhance the value of the Kit of Parts! We hope that you can take the time to provide us with this valuable information.


Slingshot Documentary: Start-of-School Discount

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

Congratulations to all FIRST teams for completing another successful competition season.