In case you missed it, here is the video of the FIRST robots cutting the ribbon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013. 

Watch more here. 

**Special thanks to Plasma Robotics who shared these videos in their Youtube Channel. 

Buluk 3472

Dear team mascots,

Mascots are wonderful for upping spirit and bringing excitement to events, but there are some things I would like to share with you.

At robotics world championships this year, some of you made me very uncomfortable. I had mascots refuse to let me pass without a hug and who toucked me without permission. I had a few very bad mascots who groped me. The anonymity that comes with the mascot head or mask also comes with a responsibility. You are representing your team. You need to ask permission to hug people (and that can be nonverbal). You need to represent your team positively. You need to understand that not everyone appreciates mascot interaction.

Keep bringing the spirit, just keep in mind that respect is still necessary.

It would be helpful for team members to bring this up to mascots and to mentors. Let’s keep gracious professionalism going.

FIRST-ers Meetup!

Signal boost the heck out of this to your fellow FIRSTers.

We’ll be doing a tumblr meetup at 12:30 on Thursday of Championship - on the 2nd level of the convention center (Last year, it was by the Chairman’s presentation rooms, and that seemed to work out.) 

Basically, from where the pits let out, go up the big staircase that’s right there, and you’ve arrived! If someone wants to make a little sign or something that’s cool, but TBH I can’t drag it around all day because I’m all over the place. 

I am hoping to be on my Segway if I can get it down there, so I should be a pretty easy target.

(Speaking of, any NJ/PA area teams taking a bus down that want to do me a huuuuuuuge favor? Love you forever. Message me on


Check it out! Members of our team have made a card game based on Aerial Assist, and it’s getting published!

It’s a really fun game; you’re able to simulate building a robot, training your drivers, and playing matches!

Proposed uses for this game:

  • Outreach! You can introduce a stranger or new student to a whole season of FRC in the time it takes to play a game.
  • Strategy! You can simulate match play. While Aerial Assault is going to be released pretty late for the 2014 season, if it’s successful, we’re going to keep making a game each year.
  • Fun times! Everyone’s who’s played seems to like it pretty well. (and maybe it will replace Magic as the time-wasting game at competitions).

Support Aerial Assault on Kickstarter to get it off the ground! We need $4000 in pre-orders in order for it to be published. Spread the word to your teams! If you can’t get a copy yourself, maybe your team can, and if not that, just supporting us for a dollar or two will really help us out!