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As this new web site changes and grows, past features will be archived here. The date each item was moved from the front page is noted.

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May 05
2016 FIRST Robotics World Championship
NASA Meatball logo and FIRST robotics competition logo
Congratulations to all the teams that built robots, learned valuable skills and had a fantastic time participating in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Season. Now that the season is over, all teams that received a NASA grant will need to complete a NASA FRC exit survey. Please follow the links to fill out and submit your survey.

+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submission Results

+ More information about FIRST Robotics Competition

April 27
2016 FIRST Robotics World Championship
NASA Meatball logo and FIRST robotics competition logo
The FIRST Robotics World Championship takes place April 27-30, 2016 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis! This event brings together teams from around the world to compete in one of the largest robotics competitions.

For those that cannot make it to the event, you can view the webcasts located in the links below.

+ View the Event Details
+ View the Webcast Details
+ View the Lego League Webcasts
+ View the FIRST Tech Challenge Webcasts
+ View the FRC Webcasts
+ View the FIRST Conference Webcasts

February 25
Help NASA Create Better Vision for Robonaut
NASA's Robonaut 2 or R2
Humans use glasses to help them see better, but for robots, the fix is in their code. NASA is asking coders to create algorithms for Robonaut 2, or R2, that will improve its 3-D vision. The Robonaut Vision Tool Manipulation contest kicks off on Feb. 23, and offers a total of $10,000 in prizes for the best algorithms.

R2 is the first humanoid robot in space, currently being tested on the International Space Station. Serving as an extra set of hands for station crew members, the robot is looking to help with the more mundane or repetitive tasks that are required for maintaining the million-pound laboratory, freeing up its human colleagues for critical science and repair work. For example, R2 manages inventory using an RFID reader and fastens bolts with a drill.

+ Robonaut Vision Tool Manipulation Contest
+ More info on Robonaut 2

February 25
Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling!
Scene from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks upward at
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is working adeptly in some of the most challenging terrain of the vehicle's 12 years on Mars, on a slope of about 30 degrees.

Researchers are using Opportunity this month to examine rocks that may have been chemically altered by water billions of years ago. The mission's current targets of investigation are from ruddy-tinted swaths the researchers call "red zones," in contrast to tan bedrock around these zones.

The targets lie on "Knudsen Ridge," atop the southern flank of "Marathon Valley," which slices through the western rim of Endeavour Crater.

+ More Information
+ More Information on Opportunity

February 25
2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts
NASA Meatball logo and FIRST robotics competition logo
The 2016 FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions are upon us! Who else is excited for the competitions! Week 0.5 has begun and starting next week it will be in full swing! Check out the links below to watch the events live!

+ Regional Webcast List
+ Game Animation and Kickoff Archive
+ FIRST Robotics Competition Info

January 11
2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
FIRST Logo NASA Meatball
The 2016 kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. The 2016 Kickoff took place on Saturday January 9th, 2016.

+ Archive of the Kickoff
+ Archive of Game Animation

To all the teams that won NASA FRC Grants, please remember you must complete the entrance survey prior to Kickoff!
+ Awards List
+ Entrance Survey
+ Survey Submissions

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