Initial Event Registration

From First:

Greetings Teams:

While we have eliminated a number of potential causes of yesterday’s registration system failure, we have not identified the root cause. Significant system changes may be required to ensure teams have a positive experience when registering for their initial events. Because of this, we will be delaying initial event registration once again to the week of October 3rd. We will be announcing the details no later than Friday, September 30th.

We apologize for this further delay, but feel this step is necessary to give us the best chance at a positive result.


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Pool Noodles

Before the summer stock of pool noodles disappear from stores, you might want to get some for robot bumpers. Just saw the following from AndyMark:

Halloween is coming!


Noodle Man? Asparagus Woman? We’re just saying.

(And you need pool noodles for your FIRST Robotics Competition bumpers next year anyway. Frank said so himself. Beat the rush!)

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From FIRST Website

Grab your goggles and start a team today!

Be part of the more than 3,400 teams in 2017 comprised of 85,000 students and their adult Mentors from around the world who will prepare to take flight in FIRST® STEAMWORKS.

FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind, where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 – 18/grades 9 – 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.

Teams work together and build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult Mentors. Teams then compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at more than 140 events worldwide – all leading up to the 2017 FIRST® Championships April 19 – 22 in Houston, TX and April 26 – 29 in St. Louis, MO.

The hardest fun you’ll ever have has its rewards!

Participating FIRST Robotics Competition students are eligible to apply for more than $30 million in scholarships from nearly 200 colleges and universities.

FREE exclusive FIRST® STEAMWORKS Downloadable Content (DLC) including:

Wallpapers | Ringtones | Game Logos | Team Recruitment Posters


More downloads coming this fall! Check your team blasts, the FIRST® Robotics Competition Blog and Facebook for more information and upcoming releases!

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Robotics at STEM Hub Conference

STEM event draws crowd to University of Memphis
Posted 6:46 pm, September 16, 2016, by Troy Washington

STEM event draws crowd to University of Memphis
Posted 6:46 pm, September 16, 2016, by Troy Washington

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis has been selected to lead a $4 million STEM project.

Friday, the university connected teachers with industry leaders to get the word out about careers in STEM.

As early as kindergarten, students are learning about STEM.

They are creating and controlling robots preparing them for a brighter future.

“Working with the teachers and the university allows us to see what is actually out there,” said Erik Shoemake.

That was the purpose of West Tennessee STEM Hub’s event hosted at University of Memphis: to connect industry leaders with area STEM teachers.

“STEM jobs tend to pay a lot more, they bring stability, so that keeps jobs here and it keeps people employed,” added Shoemake.

For teachers, a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics means more productivity for Memphis.

Collierville High School 11th grader Matthew Umsted told us he has been hooked for sometime now.

“My interest in STEM started really young; making Legos and giant towers and seeing what all I could make them hold,” said Umsted.

By junior high his interest in robotics grew into a passion. A passion that led to him to pursue a career in engineering.

It’s a field Shoemake believes he’s equipped for because he already built industrial robots.

“When we look at STEM there’s like 4 jobs to every 1 student.”

A probability that appears to swing in favor of STEM students.

Through the grant the University of Memphis will lead a team of researchers from UCLA, UC San Francisco, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation.

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Are you ready for Initial Event Registration?

Are you ready for Initial Event Registration? Have you registered for the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition season yet? In order to be ready, your Team will need your two (2) Lead Mentors to pass our Youth Protection Policy screening process. IMPORTANT: Youth Protection Policy Screening should be started no later than tomorrow, Friday, 9/16/2016, as it can take up to three (3) business days (Monday-Friday) to process a screening submission.

Please see this document for detailed documentation about how to check if your Team is ready.

Need help completing registration? Team Support will have extended phone support available until 8:00 pm Eastern Time tonight, September 15th and September 19th-21st (regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm Eastern Time).

NASA FIRST® Robotics Competition Sponsorship Application: FIRST is excited to announce that the NASA FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship Application is now open for teams located in the United States! For additional information, visit:

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