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Posted On:
Wed, 05/21/2014 - 12:49

2015 FRC Registration Payment Due Date Moved

At the 2014 Kickoff, we encountered some challenges in making sure all teams received their kits as expected either at their Kickoff location or via MySite shipment.  In some cases, teams were missing major sets of Kickoff Kit items, such as entire totes or drive bases.  Missing major sets of items like these did not happen to a high percentage of teams, but when something like this does happen, it’s obvious this can significantly impact a team’s schedule and their ability to be successful.  A task force was formed...

Posted On:
Fri, 05/16/2014 - 08:43

Kit of Parts Survey

Please don’t forget to fill out that Kit of Parts survey! You can find it here.  We really do use it to make sure we’re delivering the best possible value in the kit to FRC teams.

Another Great Idea from the Community

I love to see new, exciting ideas from the community. Did you see this? Some fine folks are working to...

Posted On:
Tue, 05/13/2014 - 08:07

FIRST in Michigan Championship Special to be Broadcast

Interested in seeing the intense action at the Michigan Championship this season? If you are in Michigan, you can watch it on your local television stations according to this schedule.

If you aren’t in Michigan, you can watch the special on demand, starting at 9PM EST tonight, here....

Posted On:
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 08:53

Luke Arm FDA Approved

Dean’s ‘Luke Arm’ recently received FDA approval! Check out the details here.

Off-Season Events

Please see the note below from Hannah Foust, FRC Program Coordinator. In addition to many other things, Hannah is responsible for handling Off-Season events from a headquarters perspective:

Although the official 2014...

Posted On:
Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:42

Please see the blog post below for important information from our Kit of Parts team, Kate & Collin:

2015 FRC Control System

One of the exciting parts of the 2014 FIRST Championship was the ability to show off the new hardware components that will make up the 2015 FRC Control System. Members of the CS Team from FIRST, National Instruments, Cross the Road Electronics, and WPI also had the opportunity to take questions from the audience at two 2015 Control System presentations.

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Posted On:
Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:49


Last night, the FRC Staff got together for a little season-end celebration. I was deeply moved when the staff presented me with my very own trophy:

Trophy

Thanks, guys!

Frank

Posted On:
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:48

I got firsthand, in-depth experience with FIRST Fandom last Friday, when I participated as a guest on GameSense. The show started at 8PM EST, with me being on for about an hour, then continued for about another hour with EJ from the Poofs. I took a break when EJ was on, but turned the show on again toward the end of his segment, when I saw the great GameSense hosts were planning to continue the show with an AMA using the chat window on Twitch. I joined in – about 10PM by this point –...

Posted On:
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:33

Thanks

Wow, what a season we had! From a very different FRC game that had its own unique strengths and weaknesses, to running over 10,000 matches at nearly 100 events, to the addition of two new Districts, to significant changes to awards, to all sorts of changes at Championship – and I could go on - we’ve had a wild, and fun, ride. 

I’d like to thank the incredible FRC Staff for all they did this year. As I’ve said in earlier posts, the community doesn’t know the names of most of them, but they work very hard to deliver the...

Posted On:
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:34

I forgot an issue at Championship I wanted to be sure to mention. When the Alliances in the finals were asked to shake hands, the fourth team in the Alliance was excluded. This was not good. We wanted to make sure all teams on the Alliance were treated as equally as possible, and this was a miss on our part. We’ll get this fixed for next year. All four teams on each Alliance will be invited to shake hands with the other Alliance.

Frank

Posted On:
Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:39

I hope everyone who attended the FIRST Championship is recovered from all the activity!  

As I did last year, I wanted to list initial impressions on what went well at the FIRST Championship from an FRC perspective, and what could use some work. Just like the lists last year, these aren’t intended to be exhaustive. Also, note that these pros and cons are for the Championship itself only, not about the game or any other aspect of FRC or FIRST this season.

Pros

    • 10 scheduled qualification matches for every FRC team...
Posted On:
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:17


See some exciting information below from FIRST Strategic Partner and FRC Crown Supplier FedEx:

Your team could win $10,000 in the FedEx Innovation Challenge

Hashtags and robots and prizes – oh my!

This year at FIRST Championship, there’s some new fun thrown into the mix for FRC and FTC teams.

Your team can participate in the FedEx Innovation Challenge, an interactive...

Posted On:
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:17

No Bag and Tag Inspection at Championship

We haven't often found major issues with Bag and Tag at Championship, and this year we've had to squeeze inspection to make sure we can fit in all those rounds, so we've decided to eliminate the Bag and Tag inspection requirement. As soon as you uncrate, you can unbag your robots, no need to wait for an inspector. This information was in an email blast that went out to all Championship teams today.

Awards at Divisions

To make sure we end Division activities on time, so we can get a full hour of...

Posted On:
Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:19

How We Assigned Teams to Divisions

Wondering how we assigned teams to FIRST Championship Divisions this year? First, we assigned Rookies, taking all Rookies signed up for Championship and putting them team by team sequentially in Divisions - one team in Division 1, one team in Division 2, one team in Division 3, one team in Division 4, then back to Division 1 again -  in the order in which they registered for CMP, until we ran out of Rookies. This made sure no Division was over- or under-weighted with these least experienced of all FRC teams. Then, we took...

Posted On:
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:03

We want to make sure everyone attending the FIRST Championship has a safe and enjoyable experience. We’ve made a few changes to entry and seating we think will help improve things this year.

One Additional Entrance Open

Both Entry A and Entry B at the Edward Jones Dome will be open for arriving teams. Entry A we used last year, and is at the southwest corner of the dome at Convention Plaza and Broadway. Entry B is located at the southeast corner of the dome at Convention Plaza & 7th St. See the map here: ...

Posted On:
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:26

At the Orlando Regional, the number one ranked alliance was retroactively disqualified for two matches because of a failure to be re-inspected after a modification had been made to one of their robots, the robot of Team 1902, Exploding Bacon. I received a phone call from the field on this incident before the disqualification was announced, and supported the recommendation of the disqualification based on the information I had available at the time. 

I received detailed reports from volunteers at the event within a few days after the incident, reinforcing my...

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