FRC Blog Volume 1

Exciting news for Washington State public and tribal compact schools!

FIRST Washington is now administering the OSPI Grant! More info to come soon.

Boeing Grants are open!

If you have a Boeing mentor, make sure they fill out the application for your team.

FRC Mentor Meet up September 9th,

FIRSTWA Fieldhouse

You and the mentors from your FRC team are invited to attend a PNW FRC mentor meet up and potluck on Saturday, September 9th starting at 12:00 pm at the FIRST Washington Fieldhouse in Kent, WA. (Note that the fieldhouse has moved since Covid. See the new address below).

This informal get-together will provide opportunities for mentors from various teams get to know each other and make connections beyond what is made at competitions. In addition to the potluck luncheon, some time will be devoted to a large group discussion.

Some of the goals in hosting such a meet up would be to:

  • Discuss some ways where mentors of the PNW FRC teams can better help each other
  • Seek input and make plans for off-season technical workshops to build the skills of teams throughout the PNW
  • Discuss some goals for the future of FRC in the PNW (at least from the coach perspective) 

For planning purposes, each mentor planning should fill out this Google form.

Here’s a suggestion on what food category to bring for the potluck:

Appetizer/Finger food: A – N (last name)

Dessert: O – Z

This meet up is open to all mentors 21+, not just the main and alternate contacts. Please share this email with all the mentors on your team. Water and soda will be provided, but feel free to bring your preferred alcoholic beverages as well. Since alcohol will be present, we will be enforcing a 21+ age requirement for mentors.


Darren CollinsCoach FRC 2046 –

Fall 2023 Off Season Events

StormSurge: 9-16

The Skyview StormBots would like to invite you to Storm Surge on Saturday, September 16, 2023. This will be a one-day, competitive event with the official ChargedUp game field. If you would like to join us, please fill out this Storm Surge Registration Form. This form is different than the pre-registration form we sent last spring. Email me if you have any questions. If you have any questions, please email

Girls Gen, OR: 10-7 & FIRST Chance 10-8

It’s time to register for Girls Gen and FIRST Chance! Use this link to register by September 19.

  • Wilsonville HS, 6800 SW Wilsonville Rd
  • Girls Generation: This isa girl-focused event, run as a one-day competition. We have 8 spots remaining.
  • Sat, Oct 7
  • FIRST Chance: A competition for all teammembers to gain experience in new competition roles, especially students who are new to FRC. We are still looking for more teams to sign up.
  • Sun, Oct 8
  • The registration fee for these events is $250 for the first robot in any event, and $100for each additional event or robot, i.e., $350 for two robots or two events. 


Volunteers are needed and appreciated, and a reminder for recent alums and mentors who have been wanting to try out volunteering for key positions like Referee, A/V, Robot Inspector, or other positions – these events are great places to start. Contact Tim Bennington-Davis at if you are interested.

Block Party: 10-28 & 29

Save the date for Block Party! More info to come later but if you have questions, please reach out to Kyle Pihl

Bordie Charged: 10-14 & 15

You know about Super Chargers, You’ve heard of Turbo-Charged but what about Bordie Charged? Bordie would like to cordially invite your team to 

join us at Sammamish High School in Bellevue as Team 2412 presents: Bordie Charged! Played under the 2023 Charged-Up rules with an official field and official Bordies! This 2-day event will take place on October 14th and 15th with load-in on the 13th. Join us for bots, Bordies, flag waving, mascot parade, concessions, merch, and more.  

 We will take the first 28 teams that sign up – Registration is open now at or fill out our Google Form! The fee per team is $300 for one bot. We plan on 10 x 10 pit spaces with power, a full set of quals, alliance selections, playoffs, and NEW custom Bordie awards!

 Interested in volunteering for the event? We will open up needed volunteering slots in September on

Washington Girl’s Gen 2023: 10-21 & 22

FRC Team 2046 is excited to host the 2023 Washington Girls’ Generation robotics competition. This competition will be held on October 21st and 22nd at Tahoma Senior High School in Maple Valley. The goal for Girls’ Generation is to provide an inclusive experience for underrepresented communities in STEM. In that spirit, we welcome all to participate.

We plan to use the latest Official FRC Robot game rules for “Charged Up”, but inspections will not be held.

The cost of attendance is $300. The main contact from your team can register for the event by following this link

For Volunteer information, please email Mara Kealey, 


Darren Collins

Head Coach – FRC 2046