Apr 13, 2023 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Senior Program Director
Over the last six weeks, more than 3300 FIRST ® Robotics Competition teams have competed in more than 15,000 matches across more than 160 events. Teams have won more than 3000 awards and impacted the lives of more than 80,000 students.
None of that could be possible without the more than 12,000 event volunteers and nearly 28,000 volunteer mentors. To those that volunteer their time to make this program and organization a success each and every season: Thank you!
I also want to extend a huge thank you to our local Program Delivery Partners! Though teams may only interact with them at events, these folks put their hearts and souls into supporting FIRST teams and programs in their regions all year. You can find their contact information on the Find Local Support page if you want to reach out and tell them “Thank you” for all that they do.
And we aren’t done yet!
Teams load in for the FIRST ® Championship presented by BAE Systems in less than one week! I can’t wait to see more than 600 teams from 19 countries in one building for our largest event ever!
Division assignments are now live and are on this frc-events page. We may have a few teams still register. Those teams will be sorted into divisions and added to the lists as they confirm.
Speaking of Divisions – we’ve tailored the layout on our Championship Information Page to help you swiftly navigate Wednesday morning team load in and find your team’s pit. The page now includes the location of each Division’s pits. A map with each team’s pit location will be on the page early next week.
Dean is the best ambassador for nerds everywhere that I have ever met. He speaks for us to business leaders, being a pretty good one himself. He speaks for us to political leaders also, including several presidents. And he has shared stages with entertainers. Taylor Swift is a big deal, and I think Dean can match that moment if he ends up on a stage with her.
Keep in mind Taylor has concerts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. Although I have been hoping beyond hope that she would make a surprise appearance before or during Einsteins, with that schedule it logistically isn’t possible. *cries in swiftie*
I’ve always found Dean to be an unlikable egotist, rather than an effective ambassador.
It’s hard to forget the experience of 2019 Einstein, where my team had to miss finals because he felt it necessary to throw t-shirts to the crowd and talk at length about how important his business friends are.