Safety animation challenge

anyone know when the safety animation challenge will be out?

“All” dates are on the FIRST Season Calender

Safety animation: Oct 13th 2011

“All” dates are on the FIRST Season Calender

Safety animation: Oct 13th 2011

Thanks! I knew it was coming up but didn’t know the date.

The challenge is now out! Thanks for showing me where to find it!

2012 FIRST Safety Animation Award


Your team is invited to participate in the 8th annual FIRST Safety Animation Contest for FRC student team members. The winning Safety Animation will be highlighted during the FIRST Kickoff on January 7, 2012 and shown at each regional event.

Theme: Sharing Safety is Caring

FRC team members learn and practice safety throughout the FRC season. But, how do you put your hard-earned skills and knowledge to work to help your family and friends live more safely every day? It’s easy to tell someone how to live safely, but harder to teach them safety skills they can put to work in their own lives. Your 2012 Safety Animation should demonstrate the
ways team members can pass along the safety knowledge they’ve learned through FRC to build safer families and communities.

The FIRST Safety Manual, which contains the FRC safety rules that FRC teams live by, is available here


  • Animations should Be created using the software provided by Autodesk for the 2011 or 2012 competition season.
  • Be no more than 40 seconds long including opening and credits
  • Be submitted electronically as a region one .iso image of a dvd

Animations must be submitted by your team’s student award submitter in STIMS

Animations must be submitted online by Friday, December 9, 2011 at noon EST.

Yay! I guess we need to hurry and finish up our team’s animation for our mini-bot competition our team hosts so we can start on this :slight_smile:

Why does it not surprise me that a 342 affiliate would be all over the safety annimation? Good luck this year!:smiley:

I’m not on Team 342 any more. :frowning:
They got a great new animation mentor (3DElizabeth) a couple years ago, so I helped start up Team 3489. :slight_smile:

It looks like I have a very bright group of kids on our new animation team, but they have zero experience, so this will be an interesting challenge.

do you know exactly what autodesk software that we have to use?

Usually, teams use Maya and 3DS MAX. As long as it’s Autodesk though, I’m pretty sure you can use it. Programs like Blender you can’t use though since it’s not Autodesk.

Yes, 3ds Max or Maya, and you can download either free at

They’re both very powerful, very complicated 3D animation programs. Sometime the choice depends on which one your animation mentor is comfortable with. That’s assuming you have an animation mentor, but many teams do not.

It’s okay use other programs like PhotoShop or video editing software to help make your animation, but the main 3D software must be from Autodesk.

Or you could always use Autodesk Smoke for editing… :smiley: