FRC – One Week until kickoff

It’s only one week until the FRC kickoff around the country, Jan 8th, the kickoff of Robot Season! There’s a buzz in the air around the Robot rooms all around the country. I know team 704 is preparing for the big event. At the Dallas some of us will be helping out with the event. I’ll be helping NI Bob with the set up of the Compact Rio and required software. If you’re going to the Dallas Kickoff, please drop by and say hi, I’ll be in my red team 704 polo shirt where ever the software is being set up.

In Dallas, they have a quick build the afternoon of the kickoff. Each team will have the opportunity to leave the kickoff with a basic moving robot. This is a great advantage to the rookie teams, it really helps them get a head start on the building of their robot.

The team I mentor, team 704 lead by Phil Harris, has been through the kick off, brain storm, and build many times. I would like to suggest to the rookie teams to go to the kickoffs around the country and try to make contacts with the more experienced teams. Most of the veteran teams don’t mind helping out and giving guidance to the new teams.

Before the kickoff, everyone should make sure they can decrypt the game and robot files. Go to the game documents location on the first website and follow the directions for the test. Also, once the test file is decrypted, you will get a hint to the game. Also, at some point, all the game documents will be put in this location but will only be able to be opened using a password that you will get at the kickoff.

After the kickoff, the kickoff video will be available on the FIRST website. Saturday evening, everyone should re-watch the video and think about the game. Write notes, they will come in handy during the brain storming session when you’re deciding on the robot design. Then on Sunday, re-watch the video, make more notes, and re-read the notes from Saturday. Hopefully, you should have an understanding of the game. Everyone will have a different perspective on the game that’s been announced and so it’s important for everyone to have an understanding.

When your teams meet for the first time after the kickoff, everyone should be ready to brainstorm, discuss their idea’s, and come up with a robot design to best play the game.

Good Luck to all. I also want to say the the FIRST in Texas has named me a lead mentor for North and East Texas. That means I’m here to help. If anyone has questions, need a little guidance, or just doesn’t know how to proceed, I want to encourage you to ask me. E-mail me at frc704mentor@qweztech.com. The only bad question is the one not asked.


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