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December 01
FLL & FTC West Virginia State Championship Webcast
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West Virginia FIRST LEGO League (FLL) State Championship will take place on Saturday, December 3, 8:30-5:30 pm EST and West Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship on Sunday, December 4, 8:30-5:30 pm EST at Falcon Center, Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554. Can't make the event, you can view the live webcast and table scores at:

+ FLL Table Scores
+ Webcast
+ West Virginia Robotics Alliance

November 11
FIRST Robotics Competition Grant Awards
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The highly anticipated moment that all you FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams that submitted NASA FRC sponsorship application has finally arrived. NASA's award selection is listed in the following link. If your FRC team submitted an application for NASA FRC sponsorship, please review the awards list to verify your award status.

+ NASA FRC Awards List

October 12
NASA's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter
September 2016 self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the
After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet visited by a Mars rover, NASA's Curiosity mobile laboratory is driving toward uphill destinations as part of its two-year mission extension that commenced Oct. 1.

+ Full Story

October 06
2016 CalGames Off season FIRST Robotics Compeittion
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Western Region Robotics Forum, Inc. (WRRF) is holding its CalGames 2016 on Friday - Saturday, October 7th-8th at Fremont High School, located in Sunnyvale, CA. This is a local off season FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) featuring 36 FRC teams. For more information, check out the link.

+ More Information

September 24
Chezy Champs "Best in the West" Robotics Competition
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Chezy Champs is an annual off-season FIRST robotics tournament hosted by FIRST Team 254. The third annual Chezy Champs tournament takes place Saturday - Sunday, September 23-24, at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. 43 teams will come together in San Jose to battle it out to determine the best in the west.

Can't make the event, checkout the webcast link at the bottom of the "More Info" webpage.

+ More Info

September 08
NASA's FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship
NASA Logo & FIRST Robotics Logo
The highly anticipated moment you have all been waiting for... The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) grant application system for the 2017 FRC season is now available.

+ Grant Application Site
+ Information about FRC

August 05
West Virginia Robotics Extreme
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Join the NASA IV&V ERC this Friday and Saturday, Aug 5-6 2016 at the West Virginia Robotics Extreme Competition at the West Virginia University Student Recreation Center in Morgantown, WV!

Watch robots catapult boulders, slide under the castle gate, cross the moat, jump the ramparts, storm the castle, and capture the flag! The 24 team tournament runs 26 hours and 16 minutes (in honor of FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team, MARS - team #2614).

West Virginia's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FLL Jr. along with LEGO Education will have booths to help get your 5-14 year old students signed up for this year's competition and ensure you have the right equipment to enjoy the season and do your best!

If you cannot attend the event, check out the webcast link.

+ Webcast & Schedule
+ Event Information
+ WVROX on Facebook

July 01
Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER)
Botball robot logo
The 2016 Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) will be held at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort located in St. Augustine, Florida. The conference is intended for everyone that is interested in robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education. The conference takes place from July 6th - 10th, 2016 with pre-conference workshops beginning on July 5th. If you cannot make the event, you can check out the webcast in the link below.

+ More Information
+ Events
+ Schedule
+ Webcast

(Disclaimer: Webcast is provided by GCER, NASA is not responsible for the webcast or the availability of the webcast. If the webcast is not available at a particular time, please check the GCER schedule and check back often.)

June 22
2016 MATE International competition
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The 2016 MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competition is taking place on June 23-25 at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas, USA. If you can't make the event you can view the webcast. The webcast is scheduled to start 8am (CDT) on June 23-25.

+ More Info about MATE
+ Watch the Webcast

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
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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
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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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