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The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) community can come here for (at least) weekly musings on the FRC program, news, community highlights, science and technology shout-outs, and more directly from FIRST Headquarters! Comments are welcome, but they must embody the FIRST values of Gracious Professionalism® and will be moderated prior to posting. Thank you for helping to keep the conversations civil and productive.

Posted On:
Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:03

As I noted in an earlier blog, we have been gathering data from participants regarding the events that took place during the final matches at the Dallas Regional. Based on the information I have, I believe the teams were not treated in a way that meets FRC standards. At a minimum, it appears two teams were not given the opportunity to make the ‘quick remedy’ promised under G7 to get them in a compliant starting position before the final match. Beyond the rules themselves, I believe the teams were not kept well informed of the situation, with at least one team not knowing they had been...

Posted On:
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:13

I wanted to give everyone an update on our event results and API data challenges. The good news is that all data from every Week 1 event has been retained, so we have all we need to fully populate the event results information pages and calculate district ranking. If you check the results pages now, you will see partial information has already been populated. We’ve also made available additional processing resources to help us deal with the loads we are experiencing during events.

This afternoon we will begin verifying the information we intend to post for the District...

Posted On:
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:35

Some of you are aware that two robots participating in the final match at the Dallas Regional were disabled before the match began, and that has generated controversy. We are currently gathering information from folks directly involved in the situation. I will have more to share once the facts are in. I am not pre-judging this particular situation, but at our events we want to ensure all participants are being treated courteously and fairly in accordance with the rules.

Frank

Posted On:
Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:29

Today’s brief blog is from the FRC software team:

We are aware of tournament data not publishing consistently for all events. The root cause has not been determined, and at this point, we don’t expect resolution for week 1 events. Because of this, developers relying on this data for their own applications will not be able to relay the data on our behalf. This issue only inhibits the data being reported out by events, and the results and rankings reported at events are unaffected. Please accept our apologies for any frustrations.

Posted On:
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 15:16

From the film The Matrix, 1999.

From the film The Matrix, 1999.

Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering AND a  burning desire to change the world?  Looking for the most challenging, frustrating, fulfilling, exhausting, uplifting job you will probably ever have?  We’ve just posted a position for ‘...

Posted On:
Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:08

District Ranking Reporting

Good news, I think. District team ranking has been automated and centralized (using the standard points system published in FRC Admin Manual - Section 7). Districts no longer need to calculate or track ranking information themselves, and teams can go to this common website for up to...

Posted On:
Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:25

Event Openings

We currently have space available at the Regionals below. If you are interested in signing up, please email our friendly Team Support folks at frcteams@usfirst.org and they will be happy to help.

Week 2:

  • Mexico City Regional
  • Arkansas Rock City Regional

Week 3:

  • Israel Regional
  • Australia Regional

Week 4:

  • AZ East Regional
  • Waterloo Regional
  • ...
Posted On:
Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:38

Today we have a guest Blog from Chris Fultz, mentor on FRC Team 234 and 2010 Championship Woodie Flowers Award recipient. FRC Team 234, Cyber Blue, is from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Each fall, the Championship Woodie Flower Award (WFA) recipients gather for a few days to share stories, talk about teams and discuss how we can help FIRST continue to grow and prosper.  Dr. William Murphy, who founded the award, his wife, Bev, and Margaret Flowers are our wonderful hosts for the weekend. Often, we are able to meet with key FIRST leaders to...

Posted On:
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:45

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

Dear FIRST Community,

FIRST  is very important to me....

Posted On:
Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:35

Award Deadline

Don’t forget that submissions for Chairman’s Award and Dean’s List are due Thursday, 2/19, by Noon Eastern Time. As with everything else, the best way to make sure you are on time is to plan to be early, so if something unexpected happens you can still meet the deadline. Please note, as well, the Noon deadline is Eastern Time. If you are not in the Eastern Time Zone, your deadline will be at a different time locally. See all the details on these awards in Section 6 of the FRC Admin Manual, which you can find...

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Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:51

You know what goes great with Stop Build Day?  A little Shakespeare, specifically a little ‘Henry V’.

(A scene from Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V, released in 1989)

The scene is outside the walled town of Harfleur, in France.  King Henry and his troops, from England, are attempting to take the town, and have managed to create an opening, a breach, in the walls, but have...

Posted On:
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:03

Today’s post is a look at one of our Crown Suppliers, guest written by Innovation First International.

Did you know that Innovation First International (IFI) was actually born from the FIRST Robotics Competition?  Our founders, Tony Norman (right) and...

Posted On:
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:01

As you are winding down your build season – stop build day is coming up soon! - please keep safety in mind. Under the stress and fatigue of these last few build days, it’s even more important to make sure you and your team are staying safe. As we’ve said before, nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt over.

Speaking of safety, now is a good time to announce our Safety Animation Award Winner for 2015! The winner, along with the runners-up, were selected by our Safety Alliance Partner, Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), by a panel of judges that included the CEO of UL, Keith...

Posted On:
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:19

Don’t forget that this Thursday, February 12, at Noon Eastern is the deadline for submission for both the Woodie Flowers Award and the Entrepreneurship Award.  Don’t miss your chance to submit!  You can find more details on these two awards in Section 6 of the FRC Admin Manual.

Posted On:
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:55

Today’s blog post is from a special guest, Jason Baker, from the FedEx Innovation Challenge Team. 

Every FIRST team has done it. You’ve sat up late at night with your crew, dreaming up THE coolest, most epic game idea ever! If only you had a way to share this idea with the Game Design Committee at FIRST...

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