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December 27
NASA FRC Grant Award Winners!
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The highly anticipated moment you have all been waiting for... The NASA FRC grant award winners have been selected for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition season and the list is now available.

NOTE: Teams receiving grants are required to complete the "Entrance Survey" prior to the FIRST Kickoff.

+ Awards List
+ Entrance Survey
+ Survey Submissions
+ NASA House Team List

December 04
LADEE Ready for Science
Artist�s concept of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer in orbit above the moon as dust scatters light during the lunar sunset.Image Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry
Now in orbit around the moon, NASA's newest lunar mission has completed the commissioning phase, and its science instruments have passed their preliminary checks.

"This is very promising for LADEE's science phase - we are already seeing the shape of things to come," said Rick Elphic, LADEE project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., the center that is managing the mission.

The mission's commissioning phase lasted roughly one month, a period in which the spacecraft remained in a high-altitude preliminary orbit and the instruments were turned on, checked and calibrated.

All three science instruments are in good health, according to the mission's payloads manager, Robert Caffrey at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "The sensitivity of the instruments is very high, and we are looking forward to an exciting science phase!"

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November 30
NASA's FIRST Robotics Competition Grant Application
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The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant application system for the 2014 FRC season is now closed. Grant winners will be announced shortly.

+ Application Directions

November 16
2013 NorCal NASA Ames FLL Qualifier
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NorCal NASA Ames FLL Qualifier event November 16-17, 2013 (8:00am to 5:00pm PST). Can't make the event, watch the webcast.

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+ Event Details
+ FIRST Lego League Homepage

November 15
2012 FLL Competition
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The NASA Ames Girl Scouts FIRST Lego League (FLL) qualifying tournaments will be held on Saturday, November, 17th at Moffett Field's Research Park. Competition starts at 9:00am and go to about 4:30pm PST. Come join the excitement as teams compete and show off their engineering skills.

NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field CA 94035

Building 3, Ball Room

If you can't make it, you can check out our live webcast of the competition. The web link will become active as soon as it becomes available.

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+ FLL Website

September 15
NASA's FIRST Robotics Competition Grant Application Launch
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The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant application system for the 2014 FRC season is now available.

+ Application Directions and Account Registration

September 04
NASA's FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship Application
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NASA's Robotics Alliance Project will be offering FIRST Robotics Competition sponsorships this year. The application process will be open from Monday September 16, 2013 until October 16, 2013. Please check back here for a link to the application.

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July 25
NASA's JPL Robosimian Advances in DARPA Competition
RoboSimian, a disaster-relief robot hanging from fixture
RoboSimian, an ape-like disaster-recovery robot designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has passed a critical design review.

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July 07
IRI Just Around The Corner!
Indiana Robotics Invitational
The Indiana Robotics Invitational is just around the corner, taking place July 19th, 2013 through July 21st, 2013.

For more information on the IRI, check out IRI's Official Website.

July 01
Global Conference on Educational Robotics
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The 2013 Global Conference on Educational Robotics will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference is intended for everyone that is interested in robotics and STEM education. The conference takes place from July 6th - 10th, 2013 with preconference workshops beginning on July 5th.

+ More information on the Global Conference on Educational Robotics

June 18
Exploration Design Challenge
Exploration Design Challenge
NASA's EDC gives students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight. Register students for the virtual crew before March 14, 2014.

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June 18
Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'
Yellowknife Bay
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, has resumed driving after the holidays and was able to pull within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called "Snake River."

Snake River is a thin curving line of darker rock cutting through flatter rocks and jutting above sand. Curiosity's science team plans to get a closer look at it before proceeding to other nearby rocks.

+ More Info on Yellowknife Bay
+ More Info on Curiosity

June 18
Robotics Contest
Members of the 2013 Rover Hawks
A team of UMass Lowell robotics undergraduate and graduate students, called the "Rover Hawks," beat seven other teams from nine universities from across the country to take home the top prize in an engineering contest sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace.

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June 18
NASA's Ironman-Like Exoskeleton
Roger Rovekamp Wearing X1 Robotic Exoskeleton
NASA's Exoskeleton Could Give Astronauts, Paraplegics Improved Mobility and Strength

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June 01
2013 NURC

The National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC) begins this weekend June 7th-9th in Chandler, Arizona! Live video will begin streaming on June 9th, 2013 at 9:00PM EDT!

+ More information about NURC

April 19
2013 Northern California Botball Tournament
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The Botball Regional Tournament will be held on April 27, 2013. Students will get the chance to showcase all their hard work by competing in an autonomous robotics tournament.

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April 19
2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship
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The 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship is finally here! The Championship competition is taking place on April 24-27, 2013 from the America's Center (Edward Jones Dome) in St. Louis, MO. Can't make it in person, check out the live webcasts or the NASA TV education channel.

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+ NASA TV Schedule
+ Spectator Schedule
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April 15
2013 VEX Robotics World Championship
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The VEX Robotics World Championship is a gathering of top robotics teams from around the world to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with/against the best of the best. The 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship will include top teams from over 230 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments happening in cities around the world from May 2012 to March 2013. Teams will play the game Sack Attack for the 2012-2013 season.

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+ Webcast - Technology Field
+ Webcast - Math Field
+ Webcast - Science Field
+ Webcast - Engineering Field
+ Webcast - Arts Field

January 11
2013 Botball regional workshops
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The Botball season begins with a 2-day professional development workshop for team leaders, mentors and students.

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January 01
2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
The 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff took place on January 5th, 2013 at 10:30AM EST. NASA TV broadcasted the event live.

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