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Posted On:
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:40

From our Kit of Parts Team, Kate Pilotte & Collin Fultz:

Well, that was a doozy of a weekend. We will leave the technical details regarding the cause and remedies to the experts once this is all over (they’re pretty busy right now).

We’re working on nailing the root cause and a solution to the website issue now (while the number of users may have been an issue, it wasn’t dramatically...

Posted On:
Sat, 12/14/2013 - 13:58

UPDATE 12/16/13: The FIRST Choice site is still under construction and is not yet ready for traffic. We're so sorry for this massive inconvenience. We'll post the new opening time with at least 24 hours of notice.

From our Kit of Parts Team, Kate Pilotte & Collin Fultz:

As many of you are already aware, there was a critical technical issue with the FIRST Choice site today that crashed the site. The result was that all...

Posted On:
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 13:36

District Award Allocations

Folks have asked what the allocations will be for awards at District Championships.

The Districts will have flexibility in how they allocate their awards, within boundaries.  This gives Districts the ability to tailor the award package available at their Championships to local conditions – team capacity at their Championship, number of rookie teams in their District, leadership preference, etc – while making sure the meaning of each award does not vary too greatly between Districts. 

For the 2014 season, allocation...

Posted On:
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:55

FIRST Choice Update

The following information is from our Kit of Parts team, Kate and Collin:

One of the benefits of allowing Teams to see what is in FIRST Choice prior to ordering is that we can receive feedback and adjust part information and credit values for certain parts. We want to tell you that we’ve decided to make adjustments to the FIRST Choice site, as needed, before the ordering phase starts.

Rest assured, we won’t increase the number of credits required for...

Posted On:
Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:34

Here's some more information from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:

One of the many fun things that happens at the FIRST Championship is the opportunity to talk directly with teams and get their input… on everything. Last year, we had the pleasure of being invited to a meeting with Team 1983 about a tool they discovered that helped them play effectively and competitively. They wanted to share this tool with the rest of the FRC community, so they worked with the company that makes the tool, introduced them to FIRST, and as a result, got that tool in the...

Posted On:
Tue, 11/26/2013 - 14:46

Sections 1 through 5 of the 2014 Administrative Manual have been posted.  Section 6, Awards, is still in work but will be posted shortly. 

You can find these sections here: http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/

Something New – Robot Displays

I’ll admit the FRC Administrative Manual isn’t much of a page-turner, but it’s packed with information you need to know, along with many helpful tips.  Even if you’re a veteran team with many years under your belt, you should read it through completely.

This...

Posted On:
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:51

Over the weekend, Dean, Woodie and Don did some taping of their portion of the Kickoff video.  Check out this photo:

2014 Kickoff Filming

(Photo credit: Kate Straus, Events Inc.)

Frank

Posted On:
Fri, 11/22/2013 - 17:41

It’s true. 3D printers will be available in FIRST Choice. See the information below from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:

Hopefully you’re all aware that FIRST Choice opens up for window shopping this Monday, 11/25! Our objective is to fortify the FIRST Choice inventory more and more every year so that it adds value to Teams in ways we never could have with the Kickoff Kit model of distribution alone.

This year, we’re very excited to announce that an impressive group of representatives from Oak Ridge National...

Posted On:
Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:27

The FRC Engineering staff had a great idea. Instead of the FRC staff wearing traditional FRC shirts-and-khakis for the Kickoff videos they’ll be filming, how about if we ask teams to send in their t-shirts for the staff to wear?

Sounds good to me! Here’s the deal: if you're interested, please send us your team t-shirts. We need Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-Larger sizes, with more of the larger sizes being needed than smaller ones. We will randomly pick from those we receive and wear those for the Kickoff taping we’ll be doing soon. If you send in a wider variety of sizes...

Posted On:
Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:29

The Frank Answers Fridays feature of this blog is going to take a little hiatus until after Kickoff.  Relatively few questions have been received in the last few weeks, and I’m finding myself with less time to answer the questions I already have as we prepare for the 2014 season.   We’ll start up again in January.

Frank

Posted On:
Thu, 11/14/2013 - 09:38

Tonight, at The Tech Awards Gala in Santa Clara, California, Dean will be presented with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. This award “honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are helping address humanity’s greatest challenges.”

Read more about this prestigious award including the write up about Dean – with, of course, a spotlight on FIRST

View the Live stream of the event, starting at 7PM...

Posted On:
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 15:51

Our wonderful Team Support Group - these are the helpful folks at FIRST that respond to team phone calls and emails - asked that we include some information about robot transportation in the FRC Blog this week.

All teams must “Bag and Tag” their robots. Teams are also required to transport their bagged and tagged robot to their competition event.  When transporting their robot, teams may use any transportation method they wish (at their own risk and expense), as long as the robot remains sealed in the bag.  You must bring your own bagged, tagged and sealed...

Posted On:
Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:25

Chairman’s Award, FIRST Dean’s List Award, Woodie Flowers Award and Entrepreneurship Award Submissions open Thursday, 11/14/13 at 12 pm (noon) ET

The Chairman’s Award, the Woodie Flowers Award, and the Entrepreneurship Award must be submitted via STIMS. The Main or Alternate contact for your team must assign at least one (1) and up to four (4) student award submitters in FRC...

Posted On:
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 07:51

Sorry for the delay on this one!

This week’s question comes from Eric Husmann, who is currently between teams, and is from the Los Angeles area, California, USA:

Question:

I was wondering about some of the workings of the FRC Game Design Committee. Specifically:

--What are some of their constraints? Or, to put it another way, what objectives do the games need to meet?

--What is the (current)...

Posted On:
Thu, 11/07/2013 - 13:31

I’ve provided some clarifications and more information related to the FRC Standard District Points Ranking System below.  In addition, the summary document has been updated.  You may find the new version here.

Team Age

Team Age points are applied only once per season, not once per event.

If the new points system had been in place in 2013, Michigan would...

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