Make some time to explore the pits and talk with other teams about their program, their robot, their outreach - anything at all. One of the biggest inspirations and the best… experiences of FIRST is meeting these wonderful other people with similar passions. There are so many fabulous teams and people out there (all of them, really!), and it’s incredibly interesting and fun to see what makes them all tick.
~Marina, The Flaming Chickens, FIRST Team 1540
There is so much to see and do at Championships: all the other teams, the four fields competing, the Hall of Fame, the FLL and FTC teams, the sponsor booths, scholarship row, the FIRST store, etc. You may not be able to see everything, but at least try. Try to devote some time to exploring.
Talking to the Hall of Fame teams (or any of the other famous teams) can really be inspiring and a helpful learning process. Everyone is willing to share their story, so just ask. The sponsors often have really cool gadgets on display and free stuff. If you are looking towards college, scholarship row is probably a good idea; there are a lot of opportunities.
FIRST also hosts a lot of meetings on a variety of subjects from NEMO to strategy to website design. Check the schedule ahead of time to see what interests you. During some points there are special events that can be a lot of fun, i.e. the Dean’s List presentation of FRC Live with Bill Miller (aka the FRC director and author of Bill’s Blog).
~Rachel, Combustion, FIRST Team 1912.