Pittsburgh FIRST

2016 FIRST Robotics Competition KICKOFF – Saturday Jan 9, 2016

2016 FRC Kickoff – Greater Pittsburgh

When: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Where: A.W. Beattie Career Center

9600 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101

Thanks to A.W. Beattie Career Center and FRC Team 2051, the Beattie Bulldogs, for hosting the 2016 Kickoff! MAP

Note that the 2015 Western PA FLL Grand Championship will be held on the same day, 1/9/16, at nearby LaRoche College.


  • “The Reveal” of the 2016 FRC game challenge!
  • Pick up your team’s Kit of Parts
  • Discuss robot strategies with other FRC teams and mentors
  • Learn about upcoming initiatives from local FIRST leaders
  • Participate in the Robot Quick Build to see how it all works
  • What else would you like to see in our local Kickoff? Let us know – and be a part of the planning for 2016 – contact us.

What to Bring:

  • Team roster – Team leaders can print this out from TIMS
  • Consent Forms for team members who have not completed the online consent form (with parental approval if under 18) on STIMS.  Please note: Consent forms must also be completed by adults who are attending the Kickoff. Extra forms will be available on site.
  • Laptops with encrypted game manual already downloaded – watch the FIRST website for more info [Note from 2015: Be sure to try the Decryption Test page to make sure the game manual password (revealed at Kickoff) will work on your computer.]
  • Recommended: dolly or cart with team number clearly marked (for the Kit of Parts)
  • If you’re participating in the Quick Build session, bring the list of tools listed on the Quick Build sessions page.

Agenda:  2016 FRC Kickoff at A.W. Beattie Career Center:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

8:00 – 8:50 AM Team Check-in & Registration
9:00 – 10:15 AM Local Program led by the FIRST Regional Director – Western & Central PA
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:05 AM Kickoff Broadcast from FIRST Headquarters – ends with “The Reveal” of the 2016 FRC game challenge

(Note: Since we will not know the lengtth of the broadcast in advance, the following times are approximate

11:20 AM- 12 NOON Team Reps (1 to 3 per team): Kit of Parts distribution

All others: Brainstorming / Strategy Sessions led by volunteers; record ideas on chart paper

12:10 PM- 1 PM View the 2016 FRC Field & Game Elements (location TBD)

Share strategy session results by posting on chart paper near the Field/Game Elements;

Networking – meet and greet fellow FRC Teams!

Lunch Pre-order by 1pm, 12/23/15 ; (details were emailed to team leaders)
1 PM- 5:00 PM Robot Quick Build Session (pre-register by emailing pdepra@firstinspires.org by Fri Dec 18, 2015



For more information, click on the following links:

If you can’t make it to your local kickoff, watch the broadcast online at 10:30 AM – check the FIRST Kickoff site for more info

Thanks again to:

Our awesome Kickoff host schools and teams:

  • 2016: A.W. Beattie Career Center and FRC Team 2051, Beattie Bulldogs
  • 2015: Chartiers Valley High School and FRC Team 4991, Horsepower
  • 2014: Pittsburgh Central Catholic and  FRC Team 2641
  • 2013-2011: Carnegie Mellon University FIRST Alumni Association
  • 2010: Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, NREC

All of our teams and volunteers, especially our field builders, set-up and kit distribution, and last but not least, to

Team 337 (Hard Working Hard Hats from Logan County Schools)  for running the Robot Quick Build Session this year and for the past few years

thank you all !!