2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
PA-Allison Park-A.W. Beattie Career Center Kickoff is our local kickoff event:
When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Where: A.W. Beattie Career Center, 9600 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101
[Note that the 2016-17 Western PA FIRST LEGO League Grand Championship will be held on the same day, 1/7/17, at nearby LaRoche College.]
- “The Reveal” of the 2017 game challenge, FIRST STEAMWORKSSM – see teaser video here
- Pick up your team’s Kit of Parts
- Discuss robot/game strategies with other FRC teams & mentors
- Learn about upcoming initiatives from local FIRST leaders
What to Bring:
- Consent & Release Forms for team members who have not completed the online consent form (with parent/guardian approval if under 18). Please note: Consent forms must also be completed by adults who are attending the Kickoff. Extra forms will be available on site. Consent Form Info; Form (pdf)
- Team roster – Team leaders can print this out. Roster indicates those who submitted consent forms online.
- Laptops with encrypted game manual already downloaded – watch the FIRST website for more info [Note: Be sure to try the Decryption Test page to make sure the game manual password (revealed at Kickoff) will work on your computer.] (optional)
- Recommended: dolly or cart with team number clearly marked (for the Kit of Parts) (optional)
Agenda: 2017 FRC Kickoff at A.W. Beattie Career Center:
Saturday, January 7, 2017
|8:00 – 8:50 AM||Team Check-in & Registration; Coffee, Pastries, Networking|
|9:00 – 10:15 AM||Local Program led by Patricia DePra, FIRST Regional Director – Western & Central PA; Welcome by Mr. Eric C. Heasley, Executive Director, A.W. Beattie Career Center|
|10:15 – 10:30 AM||Break (Also: Kickoff Broadcast pre-program AV check)|
|10:30 – ~11:20 AM||FIRST Kickoff Broadcast from FIRST Headquarters – includes “The Reveal” of the 2017 game FIRST STEAMWORKS (Note: Since we will not know the length of the broadcast in advance, the following times are approximate)|
|11:20 – 11:40 AM||Walk-through & viewing: 2017 FIRST STEAMWORKS Field Elements|
|11:45 – 12:30 PM|
|12:30 – ~1 PM||
|~1:30 – 2PM||Field Elements will be moved to the Girls of Steel Practice Field at NREC|
For more information, click on the following links:
If you can’t make it to your local kickoff, watch the broadcast online here at 10:30 AM, Saturday January 7, 2017 (broadcast testing begins at 10:15 AM)
Thanks again to:
Our awesome Kickoff host schools and FIRST Robotics Competition teams:
- 2016 & 2017: A.W. Beattie Career Center and Team 2051, Beattie Bulldogs
- 2015: Chartiers Valley High School and Team 4991, Horsepower
- 2014: Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Team 2641, PCCR
- 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 in 2016 & for the past few years.
– Thank you all !!
What would you like to do at the 2018 Kickoff? Let us know – and be a part of the planning next year – contact us.
Possible addition in 2018: Robot Quick Build session.