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Huge Info Update!

posted Jan 23, 2017, 9:18 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 2:40 AM ]
This is a huge email blast, read!!!

From Lead Robot Inspector


A quick heads up:  For the first time in my experience with FIRST, this year’s sizing of your robot INCLUDES the required bumper assemblies!  What this means is that when your robot is inspected, the maximum volume specified in R03 of the Game Manual will include the bumpers required by Section 8.5 of the Game Manual!  Plan accordingly!

Further, the maximum volumes indicted in R03 and shown in the Figure at G04 enclose the dimensions your robot can extend to.  That means if you have scoops, funnels, lips on hoppers, etc. that are contained within your frame perimeter at the start of the match (as they must be by R02), these items can extend no further than the bounds of the indicated maximum dimensions.  You are advised to built your robot smaller than the volume in order to give your extensions room to expand beyond your bumpers, if necessary, after the start of the match.

Don't think of these volumes as the size to which you need to cut your chassis!
Start thinking NOW about your bumpers.  As soon as you assemble your chassis frame, go ahead and cut your plywood bumper backing and attach it to the chassis.  That way, you will know how your bumpers will be attached, what spaces you have to work with, and where you can attach other robot components.
Have a good build season!

From Kennesaw State University – Manufacturing Support

Through a partnership with Novelis, Kennesaw State University, and GeorgiaFIRST, manufacturing support and material is available to all FRC and FTC teams in Georgia.

To learn more about how to use this service and obtain material and/or manufacturing support, please visit the home page on the GeorgiaFIRST website (  Please follow the instructions on the website carefully!

From GeorgiaFIRST

Information is being added frequently to the FRC event pages on the GeorgiaFIRST website.  Please check for updates pertaining to this season.

Very important team updates are being added from FIRST HQ in regard to the SteamWorks game.  All updates can be found here:

Check often!