Today is the last day that FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) teams have to ship their robots. It has been a crazy six week build for most teams and a great learning experience for all the students (and mentors). I’m excited that Dallas is hosting a Regional Competition on March 12 through the 14th. This will be my first opportunity to see a FRC competition up close. You can find a schedule of regional competitions on the USfirst website.
The teams now get to spend their time honing their driving kills with a practice bot (if they had time or money to build one), tweak the autonomous and driver code, work on strategies, and promote their team.
Now that all the robot designs are finalized, the veil of secrecy is lifting and teams are more willing to share photos and videos of their robots. Teaser videos are a significant part of the FRC culture as team members learn to promote their teams. I’ve started a 2009 FRC Teaser Videos playlist to help keep track of the videos. If any FRC teams want me to add their’s, please send me a link.
Click through to see my favorite video so far, but I’m partial since the RoboWranglers are the local team and reigning world champs.