FIRST Robotics Competition Game & Season Info - Every season starts on this FIRST web page with the Teaser released at the end of the previous season. The teaser provides the theme for the next season. It helps the Marketing team get inspired about banners, buttons, t-shirts, etc.. It also gets everyone thinking about the next game and trying to guess what kind of Robot to build. The Chief Delphi Portal is an excellent blog site to brainstorm with the FIRST community on something as vague as the Teaser or as specific as the Java code to use a specific sensor.
The 1st Saturday in January the Game is released and the team will attend the Kickoff event
The 3rd Tuesday in February is Stop Build Day At 11:59pm the competition Robot will be placed in a large plastic bag and a special FRC seal will be used to close the bag until our 1st scheduled competition normally in early March.
The best way to learn the requirements for building an FRC robot is to read last years Game Season Manual
Now that you fully understand the Functions, Constraints and Physics you are ready to design, build and test a Robot .
The best way to start a project like this is sequentially; design, build and test. But the best way to learn is to start with the control system
The WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE is a great resource for learning The Control System
Section 1-3 of this training is a prerequisite for Design, Fabrication, Construction, Programming and Testing training. Other prerequisites include but are not limited to Safety (SP2) and other fundamental instruction to qualify to use shop tools and computer systems. Most of this learning will be done with hands on instruction using the demo and prototyping robots