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November 21
FIRST Robotics Competition Grant Awards
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The highly anticipated moment that all the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams that submitted an application for a NASA FRC grant, has finally arrived! NASA's award selection is listed in the following link. If your FRC team submitted an application for a NASA FRC registration grant, please review the awards list to verify your award status.

+ NASA FRC Awards List

November 19
NASA's FIRST Robtoics Competition Sponsorship
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The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Registration Sponsorship announcement has been delayed. We apologize for the delay and any inconveniences this may have caused. We will announce the selected teams as soon as we can.

Please stay tuned to this website for updates.

September 05
NASA's FIRST Robtoics Competition Sponsorship
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The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Registration Sponsorship application system for the 2020 FRC season is closed! Applications are accepted for the FIRST Robotics Competition Program Level only! We accepted applications until September 30th, 2019 at 23:59:59 PM PDT. Stay tuned for updates!

+ FIRST Robotics Competition Grants Site
+ Information about FRC

August 29
Mars Helicopter Attached to Mars 2020 Rover
An engineer works on attaching NASA's Mars Helicopter to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover

Engineers attached NASA's Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet, to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover today in the High Bay 1 clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The twin-rotor, solar-powered helicopter was connected, along with the Mars Helicopter Delivery System, to a plate on the rover's belly that includes a cover to shield the helicopter from debris during entry, descent and landing. The helicopter will remain encapsulated after landing, deploying to the surface once a suitable area to conduct test flights is found at Jezero Crater, the rover's destination.

The Mars Helicopter is considered a high-risk, high-reward technology demonstration. If the small craft encounters difficulties, the science-gathering of the Mars 2020 mission won't be impacted. If the helicopter does take flight as designed, future Mars missions could enlist second-generation helicopters to add an aerial dimension to their explorations.

+ More Info on the Mars Helicopter
+ More Info on the 2020 Mars Rover

August 29
Help Name Mars 2020 Rover
K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

July 18
Watch Mars 2020 Come Together
Watch NASA's Mars 2020 Rover being built at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility (SAF) cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Engineers are building and testing NASA's next Mars Rover, Mars 2020, before it is shipped to its launch site, NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. Engineers are currently working on putting the rover together. There are live webchats Mon.-Thur. at 11:00am and 4:00pm PDT with additional moderated chats when special activities occur.

May 22
Submit Your Name to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover
Members of the public who want to send their name to Mars on NASA's next rover mission to the Red Planet (Mars 2020) can get a souvenir boarding pass and their names etched on microchips to be affixed to the rover.

Would you like to send your name to Mars with the 2020 Mars Rover? NASA is giving the public the opportunity to send their names - stenciled on chips - to the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020 rover. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.

+ Submit Your Name!
+ More Info on Submitting your Name
+ More Info on the 2020 Mars Rover

April 30
NASA's InSight Captures Audio of First Likely 'Quake'
This image, taken March 19, 2019 by a camera on NASAís Mars InSight lander, shows the roverís domed Wind and Thermal Shield, which covers its seismometer, the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, and the Martian surface in the background.

NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely "marsquake."

The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander's 128th Martian day, or sol. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind. Scientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal.

+ More info on InSight's Audio Recording
+ More info on InSight

April 30
2019 FIRST Robotics Competion Season
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The 2019 FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions is over! We just want to remind all teams that received a NASA Sponsorship Grant that you must still submit your Chairmans Award and complete the Exit Survey!

+ NASA FRC Awards List
+ FRC Grants Directions Page
+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submission Results

April 30
VEX 2019-2020 Challenge
VEX announced their new challenge for the 2019-2020 season "Tower Takeover" where two team alliances face off by placing Cubes in Towers, or scoring Cubes in Goals. The Alliance with the highest score at the end of two minutes wins!

April 27
2019 VEX Robotics World Championship
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The 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship takes place from April 24 - April 30th, 2019 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the course of the week there will be VEX IQ, VRC and VEX U competitions. VRC and VEX U will take Place April 24-27th, while VEX IQ will take Place April 28-30th.

+ Watch it Live at VEX TV
+ More information

March 01
2019 FIRST Robtics Competition Webcasts
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The 2019 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.

+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submission Results

+ Regional Webcast List
+ NASA FRC Awards List

January 05
2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

The 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition 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 2019 Kickoff took place on Saturday January 5th, 2019.

This year NASA and FIRST are excited to announce "VR" opportunities for teams to view the field in a new way! NASA has put together three options:

FIRST VR Page - Has other options if the above don't meet your requirements.

+ Game Animation
+ Kickoff Broadcast
+ 2019 Playlist
+ Kickoff Webpage

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Last Updated: April 28, 2020
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