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November 18
NASA FRC Grant Award Winners
The highly anticipated moment you have all been waiting for... The NASA FRC grant award winners have been selected for the 2015 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.

+ Award List
+ Entrance Survey
+ Survey Submissions

August 29
NASA's FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship
The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant application system for the 2015 FRC season is now closed. The selections will be posted when they become available.

August 05
Mars 2020 Rover
Mars 2020 Rover
NASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover instruments Thursday at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Managers made the selections out of 58 proposals received in January from researchers and engineers worldwide. Proposals received were twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past. This is an indicator of the extraordinary interest by the science community in the exploration of the Mars. The selected proposals have a total value of approximately $130 million for development of the instruments.

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July 31
WVROX-FRC 26 Hour 14 Minute Endurance Event
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The first annual 24 hour robotic competition event is taking place this weekend at West Virginia University. This is a FIRST off season event hosted by Mountaineer Area Robotics Team 2614. This event will be webcast live during the whole event thanks to MARS and NASA's Robotics Alliance Project.

+ Webcast Page
+ More Info on WVROX

July 31
Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record
View from NASA's Opportunity Rover
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

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+ Out-Of-This-World Records Info-graphic
+ More info on Opportunity

July 11
VEX Robotics Competition
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The 2014 VEX Summer Games is a unique competition that will draw teams from around the world and will be the last official tournament for the 2013/2014 competition season.

Competition takes place on July 10, 2014 - July 12, 2014 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Can't make the competition in person, check out the live webcast located below.

+ Webcast
+ Event Details

June 16
2014 MATE International Competition Stream
The 13th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education, MATE, International Competition will take place June 26-28, 2014 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI, USA.

NASA RAP & MATE will be streaming the event live during the competition! Check the links below for the web stream.

+ View the Webstream
+ More info on MATE Competition
+ More Info on MATE ROV

May 29
FRC Post Season
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Now that the official FIRST Robotics competition season is over and the champions have been announced, animation and competition archives can be found on our site. If your team was a NASA grant recipient please don't forget to fill out the post survey questioner.

+ Championship Archives
+ Game Animation and select Regional Competition Archives
+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submissions
+ FIRST robotics

May 29
2014 Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER)
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Each year students, teachers, robotics enthusiasts, and professionals from around the world gather for the annual Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER). This year the Botball GCER is at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at University of Southern California from July 30th - August 3rd. All are welcome to watch the competition.

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May 22
2015 Botball kickoff
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The Botball 2015 Tournament will kickoff with an Instructors Summit in Norman, OK, January 8-11, 2015. Registration is on-going for 14 regions across the U.S. along with China, Austria, and Qatar.

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April 17
2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship
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The 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship is finally here! The Championship competition is taking place on April 23-26, 2014 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.

+ Webcast
+ Event Details
+ NASA TV Schedule

February 27
2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts
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The 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional's are finally here! We are now entering the final week of the 2014 game Aerial Assist. Next week is the district events followed by the championships! Are you ready? Check out our compilation of the webcasts in the link below!

+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submissions

+ Regional Webcast List
+ Game Animation and Kickoff Archive
+ Event Info

January 29
NASA's Opportunity at 10
Opportunity Self Image
NASA's Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later. Opportunity, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers, reached the Red Planet Jan. 24, 2004 (PST). It landed three weeks after its twin, named Spirit. Both rovers made important discoveries about wet environments that could have supported microbial life on ancient Mars. Spirit stopped communicating with Earth in 2010. Opportunity is continuing to provide scientific results, and currently is investigating the rim of a crater 14 miles (22 kilometers) wide.

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

In the Jan. 24 edition of the journal Science, Opportunity Deputy Principal Investigator Ray Arvidson, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, writes in detail about the discoveries made by the rover and how these discoveries have shaped our knowledge of the planet. According to Arvidson and others on the team, the latest evidence from Opportunity is landmark.

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+ More Info on Opportunity

January 04
2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
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Now that the FIRST robotics competition kickoff is over the game animation can be downloaded from our archive page.

+ Game Animation and Kickoff Archive
+ Event Info

January 02
2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
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"FRC Kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. 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 kickoff will be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2014. From 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST.

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