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2009

December 11
2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
NASA / F.I.R.S.T.
The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition game animation and kickoff are now available for download.

Kickoff Archive
Game Animation

Due to inclement weather across the country we will be accepting entrance surveys up to January 25, 2010.

View submitted surveys here



November 20
NASA FRC Sponsorship Award Winners!
NASA / F.I.R.S.T.
The NASA Sponsorship Grant Application Review Team is ready to reveal the winners of the NASA FRC Sponsorship for the 2009-2010 F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition Season.

To view the complete list of winners, please follow the link: NASA FRC Sponsorship Winners

If you have been selected as one of the winners, please complete the Entrance Survey as soon as you can!
Check your team's entrance survey status here.



November 13
NASA Begins Attempt to Free Spirit!
Spirit
The NASA Rover "Spirit" has been stuck in an area called "Troy" since April 23, 2009. Researchers are now beginning the extraction process. The extraction will be a long process, and we researchers are not certain how successful they will be.

For more information, check out the JPL News Release.



November 13
New NASA Robotics Website!
NASA
NASA's portal has a new Robotics website. It features questions and answers, basic programming skills, lesson plans, and more!

Check out the NASA Portal Robotics page.



November 03
NASA FRC Sponsorship Application Is Closed!
F.I.R.S.T.
The NASA Sponsorship Grant Application Review team has stopped accepting applications for the 2009-2010 F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition Season.



October 30
NASA FRC Sponsorship Application Ending Soon!
F.I.R.S.T.
The NASA Sponsorship Grant Application Review team will stop accepting applications for the 2009-2010 F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition Season on Monday, 2 November 2009, 23:59:59 EST

The Application form can be found here.



October 07
How to Drive a Robot
How to Drive a Robot Lecture
There is a lecture taking place at JPL on October 15th and 16th, 2009. The topic will be discussing how to drive a robot. The lecture will also be broadcast online on Thursday October 15th, 2009 at 7:00PM PDT.

More information on the lecture can be found here.



October 07
LCROSS Impact
Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite
The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite Impact will take place on October 9th, 2009 at 07:31AM EDT. There will be a NASA TV Live Broadcast starting at 06:15AM EDT.

For more info on LCROSS and the broadcast check out the LCROSS website.



September 11
NASA FRC Sponsorship Application Available Now!
F.I.R.S.T.
The moment you all have been waiting for... The NASA Sponsorship Grant Application for the 2009-2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Season is now available here.



August 18
Planned Website Outage
NASA Logo
The Robotics Alliance Project web server will be brought down for maintenance from 5:00PM PT August 21st through Monday August 24th, 2009. During this time access to the Robotics Alliance Project website will be unavailable.



August 06
Planned Website Outage
NASA Logo
The Robotics Alliance Project web server will be brought down for maintenance from 5:00PM PT August 7th through Monday August 9th, 2009. During this time access to the Robotics Alliance Project website will be unavailable.



July 24
From Legs To Wheels Webcast Lecture
Mars Science Laboratory
NASA's next mission to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory, will be landing with an extremely unusual landing system -- a skycrane invented by the mission team specifically to land a large rover in scientifically exciting locations on Mars. But why not use "tried and true" solutions like legs or airbags? This talk will look at the fascinating history and evolution of how the skycrane landing architecture evolved from simple landing legs used on JPL's Surveyor lunar landers of the 1960s to the current design.

For more details on the lectures and webcast, head over to their website.



July 19
Moonfest 2009
Moonfest 09 flier

Come check out FRC team's 971, 1868, 254 and VEX robots on display at this year's  Moonfest.

More on Moonfest.

Bird's eye cam webcast







July 13
IRI Just Around The Corner!
Indiana Robotics Invitational
The Indiana Robotics Invitational is just around the corner, taking place July 30th, 2009 through August 1st, 2009.


For more information on the IRI, check out IRI's Official Website.




June 18
LCROSS & LRO Successful Launch!
Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) are bound for the moon after a flawless liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket.

Powered by two liquid-fueled engines and a pair of solid-fueled boosters, the Atlas V roared off the launch pad at Launch Complex 41 to begin NASA's return to the moon missions.



June 16
BEST National Conference 2009
BEST National Conference 2009
The BEST National Conference 2009 takes place June 18-20th, 2009, and is held at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. The BEST National Conference will cover hands-on workshops with SolidWorks, Engineering / Pre-engineering / Technology education curricula, how to succeed in BEST Awards, and more!

For more information check out their website!



June 10
RoboGames
RoboGames
Robogames invites the best minds from around the world to compete in over 70 different events. Some robots are autonomous, some are remote controlled - but they're all cool! As an open event, anyone can compete!

Robogames (Formerly ROBOlympics) will be held Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, 2009 at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, CA.



May 18
National Underwater Robotics Challenge
NURC logo
"What if your next project takes you to the edge of your comfort zone?" Intrigued? Find out more information about the upcoming "Mount Terror, Fire Under The Ice!" National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC).

Event dates: June 12-14, 2009. Webcast



May 06
2009 Global Conference on Educational Robotics
Botball logo
The 2009 Global Conference on Educational Robotics is just around the corner and takes place from July 1st-5th, 2009 in Leesburg, VA.

For more information click here!

Botball also has a new YouTube Video, check that out here!

Watch the finals webcast Sunday, July 5th, 2-6pm EDST



April 30
Post-Season FRC Competition
Monty Madness Logo
The FRC season may be over, but post-season FRC events are just beginning. Check out the Monty Madness webcast on Saturday May, 16 8:00AM-5:00PM EDT.

Watch the Webcast.
 
For more information about Monty Madness click here.



April 20
VEX Robotics Competition
Vex logo
A big congratulations to the winners of the 2009 VEX Robotics World Championship competition. View the results here.



April 20
Robotics Championship Results
NASA logo, FRC logo
The 2009 FIRST Robotics Championship results are in and can be viewed here or download the pdf.

A big congratulations to the winners of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Championship. We would also like to acknowledge and congratulate all the other teams, team mentors, parents, participants and volunteers for making this a great FRC season.

Check out archived regional competitions here.



April 10
FIRST Robotics Championship
NASA logo, FRC logo
The 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship has begun! April 16-18

Championship Viewing Options
Visit FIRST's Robotics Championship webpage
View regional archives and the game animation!
Dean's homework



March 24
Send your name to Mars!
Name NASA's Next Mars Rover
Be a part of history... Sign up to have your name travel to Mars on a microchip carried by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover.




March 24
VEX Robotics Championship Webcast
Vex logo
The VEX Robotics Championship of the Americas will be webcast on
April 2-4, 9AM- 5PM CDT

Click here for information about the event and VEX
Watch the webcast



March 24
Mars Rover Naming Contest
Name NASA's Next Mars Rover
Be a part of Mars exploration! NASA is inviting people worldwide to vote on their favorite names for the Mars Science Laboratory mission rover: http://marsrovername.jpl.nasa.gov.

Voting takes place March 23-29, 2009 and the winning name will be announced in April/May.



January 03
FIRST Robotics Competition Season
NASA logo, FRC logo
The 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition season has begun!
View upcoming webcasts!
View the game animation!

Visit FIRST's Robotics Competition webpage.




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