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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, 03/25/2015 - 10:35

We learned Monday that we made an error with the awards at the UNH District event last weekend. Per Section of the FRC Admin manual, teams are only able to win the Chairman’s Award, Engineering Inspiration Award, and Rookie All Star Award once per season at the District event level. However, Team 811, The Cardinals, from Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, was presented with the Engineering Inspiration Award for the second time this season, having already been presented with the same award at their Week 1 event. They should not have been considered for the Engineering...

Posted On:
Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:32


Check out this great TV show from Michigan about FRC.

The show is produced by the State Champs! Network, which is dedicated to High School sports in Michigan, and is broadcast on several local TV channels as well as made available on the web. Weekly shows throughout the season are planned.

Enhanced Chairman’s Award Resources


Posted On:
Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:48

I have a great job. Whenever I go to an event, everyone is smiling (usually) and friendly (almost always), and occasionally people will thank me for some aspect of FRC. I often get constructive feedback as well, which is a primary reason I go to events in the first place. The feedback is always welcome, as that’s what helps us improve, and the thanks are also, although I’ll admit that sometimes I’m somewhat uncomfortable when people direct their thanks to me personally. The success of FRC is built on a broad foundation of Teams, Volunteers, Sponsors, Suppliers, supporters,...

Posted On:
Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:21


Some teams have wondered when we’re going to start releasing FIRST Championship waitlist slots. That’s going to start today. We’re starting much earlier than in recent years because of the significantly larger number of waitlist slots we are projecting we’ll have available (thanks to the 600 FRC Teams we’re going to have at Championship. I’m completely pumped). So, waitlist teams, some of you will be getting some emails starting today that are going to make you smile....

Posted On:
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:22

Guest blogging this week is Toby Clarke, the Program Manager for FIRST Robotics Competition. Toby manages the behind-the-scenes logistics that make our season possible, in addition to a lot of other tasks- including logistics for Championship. Some of you will have the opportunity to meet him, as he is an FTA for several events this year.

Hello FRC Community!

With the Championship in St. Louis now not far away, we want to provide you with an update on the ongoing planning for this event. We are very excited about this program.  


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.


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 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...