Resources

This page has additional information on FIRST and starting your own team.

Official FIRST

FIRST siteOfficial FIRST site. Contains information about the objective and goals for FIRST, the year's challenge, team information, and general schedules for various events.
Game rulesSpecifies all the rules and restrictions for the year's game challenge. Should be read carefully.
Important DeadlinesImportant dates to remember for FIRST, include deadlines for award submission and payment due dates.
Q&A ForumOfficial FIRST forum that contains answers to question
about the year's game challenge.
LSR Website For information on the lone star regional, as well as past events.
LSR teamsFIRST TIMS database indexes all registered teams for the Lone Star Regional
FIRST ScholarshipsFIRST scholarships enable students to pursue majors and careers in engineering, computer science, electronics, animation, digital design, aeronautics, and many other technological fields.
SafetyFIRST considers Safety to be a key component of the FIRST Robotics Competition. To help teams understand the FIRST Safety Program, the FIRST Safety Manual provides information on the FIRST Safety Awareness and Recognition Program.

Required Documentation

Consent formNeeds to be filled out by every team member and turned in during the first day of regional
Judges SurveyNeeds to be filled out by every team and turned in during the first day of regional
Team Roster Roster of all team members, also needs to be turned in during the first day of regional

Hardware Stores

FIRST Suppliers
Andy MarkOfficial supplier for the FIRST kit frame, wheels, gearbox, etc.
National InstrumentsSupplier of the 2009 Control System
DigikeyJaguar Motor control supplier
Innovation FIRSTSupplier for Spike relay and Victor motor controller
BaneBotsCan buy gearboxes for the FIRST motors
BimbaCustom pneumatic cylinder

Local Houston Stores
TridentBulk Metal distributor
Brance-Krachy Co.Inexpensive master chain link and offset for all chain sizes
Houston BearingKeyed shafts, bearings and #25 chain links
Regal PlasticsLexan sheets
EPOVarious switches and electrical components
Martin Sprocket & GearDifferent sprockets and gears
GraingerA wide selection of hardware

Online Stores
ServocityWide assortment of #25 chain plastic sprockets
McMasterA wide selection of hardware
SDP/SIStock Drive Products (gears, sprockets, etc)

Non-official Links

Technical Resources
Chief DelphiA helpful forum for FIRST participants. This site is run by team #47.
FIRST CAD libraryProvides many CAD models of the components used in current and prior FIRST robotic competitions
FIRSTbaseThis newly developed site is the Autodesk source for FIRST teams. The website is your destination to download free Autodesk software, access training, the Autodesk Kit of Parts, the Autodesk Design Competition, FIRST resources and team communications.

Team sustainability
FIRST nemoNon-engineering major organization is a support group and information exchange for those adult non-engineering mentors who help teams as part of the FIRST robotics programs.
Mentoring Veteran FRC teams are available nationally to help new teams who are just getting started. This link is a helpful how-to guide on the best ways to mentor other teams.
Team in a BoxRequest your free Team in a Box DVD and CD set, designed to help rookie teams and their mentors get started. Provided free of charge, compliments of Team 341.
NASA Robotics Alliance ProjectOnce again, NASA is providing sponsorships to assist teams in developing self-sustaining FIRST programs in their local areas.

Robot Resources
Match VideosThe Blue Alliance provides a plethora of videos from the regionals, showing other teams in action. This is helpful for scouting purposes.
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