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November 06
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 2016 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

October 10
Teacher Workshop
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Terry Grant will be hosting a teacher workshop "Introduction to Programming a Robot" at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA on Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:00pm-6:30pm.

For more information or registration details, contact Terry Grant by email at

Registration deadline is Wednesday October 21, 2015

+ Download the Workshop Flier

September 01
NASA's FIRST Robotics Competition Grant Application
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NASA's Robotics Alliance Project will be offering FIRST Robotics Competition grants for the 2016 FRC season. The application will open September 1, 2015 at 00:00:00 PDT and close on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 23:59:59 PDT.

+ Application Directions

July 13
Curiosity Mars Rover Tracks Sunspots
Curiosity Sunspots
While busily investigating bedrock types on Mars' Mount Sharp and preparing for a drill test, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has also been looking up frequently to monitor sunspots on the face of the sun that is turned away from Earth.

Large sunspots are evident in views from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). Scientists temporarily have no other resource providing views of the sun from the opposite side of the solar system from Earth. The sun completes a rotation about once a month -- faster near its equator than near its poles. Information about sunspots that develop before they rotate into view of Earth and Earth-orbiting spacecraft is helpful in predicting space-weather effects of solar emissions related to sunspots.

+ More Information
+ More Information on Curiosity

April 21
Curiosity's Position After 10 Kilometers
Map with Curiosity's location
Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. The drive on Sol 957 brought the mission's total driving distance past the 10-kilometer mark (6.214 miles). The rover is passing through a series of shallow valleys on a path from the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop, which it investigated for six months, toward its next science destination, called "Logan Pass."

+ More Information

April 20
2015 FIRST Robotics World Championship
The FIRST Robotics World Championship takes place April 22-25, 2015 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, NASA is proud to be webcasting eight competition fields which are taking place in the Edward Jones Dome.

+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submission Results

+ View the Webcast
+ View the Spectator Schedule
+ View the Event Details

April 16
2015 VEX Robotics World Championship
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The VEX Robotics World Championship takes place on April 15, 2015 - April 18, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Championship brings together top robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with and against the best teams from around the world. If you cannot make the event in person, you can always check out the live and archived webcasts.

+ Championship Info
+ VEX Robotics info
+ Robotics Education and Competition Foundation

+ Opening Ceremonies

VEX IQ Challenge Webcasts:
+ Elementary - Field
+ Middle School - Field

VRC - Middle School Webcasts:
+ Spirit - Field
+ Opportunity - Field

VRC - High School Webcasts:
+ Science - Field
+ Technology - Field
+ Engineering - Field
+ Arts - Field
+ Math - Field

VEX - University Division Webcast:
+ VEX U - Field

February 20
2015 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts
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The 2015 FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions are finally upon us! Are you ready? Check out our compilation of webcasts in the link below! Webcasts will be linked as they become available.

+ Regional Webcast List
+ Game Animation and Kickoff Archive

+ Award List
+ FRC info

January 06
NASA Develops Volcano Exploring Robot
Small 2 wheeled Robot
VolcanoBot is designed to explore volcanoes and provide researchers with valuable data to better understand volcanic activity.

+ Full Story

January 02
FRC Kickoff
The 2015 FIRST Kickoff will take place Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at 10:15 A.M. EST.

"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."

+ Archive of Broadcast (Youtube)
+ Game Animation (Youtube)

To all the teams that received a NASA FRC Grant, please remember you must complete the Entrance surveys prior to Kickoff!
+ Award List
+ Entrance Survey
+ Survey Submissions

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