Lessons Learned In FIRST Robotics

Every team goes through their fair share of learning what not to do. It's a learning process for each team as they continue each year, progressing as each member of the team gets better. Here are a couple of "lessons learned" notes from a couple of different teams.


  • Measure twice, cut once, throw fit 3x, remeasure once, mess up twice, go back to home depot 4x.
  • Be aware of the fact that no one has successfully mounted mecanum wheels at 45 degree angles before.
  • There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team.” No matter how important the robot seems or the PR seems or the Chairmans seems, without each of these aspects of the team we would have never have made it to Championship. Without the Chairmans we wouldn’t have made it. Without the PR the Chairmans wouldn’t have been even considered. Without the robot the PR team would have had nothing to talk about, and the Chairmans team would have had no reason to present.

From FRC Team 3528, UpNext - www.teamupnext.com


  • Do as much as you can before the build season - purchase materials, design your pit, and learn how to use the different tools available to you. 
  • Design quickly, but make sure all ideas are taken into account 
  • READ THE RULES: Understand all game rules, and make sure your robot is legal, FIRST will give team updates throughout the season, make sure you stay on top of your game. 
  • Have separate pit, scouting and spirit squads. 

Check out the whole PDF document here. 

From FRC Team 5036, Robo Devils - www.team5036.com


  • Always bring a cart to any competition! 
  • A mallet, zip ties, and duck tape are your best friends. 
  • Build a simple battery cart. It makes life much easier. 
  • Always be open to new ideas. Don't think that you are the only one that has all the answers. 

From Frcnation.com 


  • We should attach motors onto the transmissions before attaching the transmissions to the frame.
  • When fabricating 3-D parts, allow for tolerances.
  • Lay out tools before beginning work, this will reduce the amount of time spent searching for tools.
  • A plan is good, stick to the schedule.

From FRC Team 4996, Team Spot - www.firstteamspot.com


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