FIRSTRobotics Type WhiteThe FIRST Robotics Competition gives high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem. Challenged to design and build a robot using a standard "kit of parts" and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game − all in just six weeks− brings out the best in students and adults alike. The robot “game” changes every season and can be quite exciting.
March 14-18, 2018
Von Braun Center, South Hall
700 Monroe Street
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
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FIRST Robotic 2018 Kickoff

The extended weather forecast for the Kickoff is looking good for Saturday January 6th . We expect a very cold New Years Day but Saturday of the Kickoff will warm up a just a little with no prediction of the white stuff. Including for our teams traveling from Tennessee and Kentucky.
Saturday January 6, 2018
US Space & Rocket Center
Park in front of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration
Enter through the gates at the base of the Saturn V rocket.
Doors open at 8:30
  • 9:00 am Welcoming Announcements
  • US Space & Rocket Center Representative
  • Welcoming attending teams
  • Recognizing Rookie teams (6)
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Education Representative
  • FIRST Regional Director
  • Kickoff Announcements
  • Kit-Of-Parts pickup instructions
  • 9:30 am Broadcast Starts (twitch.tv)
  • 11:30 am Kit-Of-Parts Distribution, Davidson Center Lobby class room
Teams please remember to bring a PRINTED copy of your teams roaster from the FIRST web site to turn in to receive our Kit-Of-Parts. An adult from your team is required to sign with a government issued ID for your Kit-Of-Parts.

Also email me if someone other than your team’s primary contact will be signing for your teams kit of parts. Also you could email me an updated head count of the number of people that will be attending the kickoff with your team. That includes everyone, students, mentors, teachers, coaches, drivers, parents, siblings, school mascot, etc, etc, etc!
Due to the 350 capacity limit in the National Geographic Theater we are asking the teams to voluntarily limit the number of team members in the theater to 20 members. This will help us to assure that every team is represented inside the theater.
The size of the Kit-Of-Parts?
Nothing much different from years past. It is safe to say, Rookie teams should be able to fit their kit in an empty trunk of a mid-size car.
You can review the 2017 Kit-Of-Parts to get a feel of its size and weight
If you have any questions please let me know
See you at the Kickoff!
Jim Dailey, Kickoff Coordinator

Regional Planning Committee

1st row: Mike Chenoweth, Janella Chenoweth, Dana Hobbs, Andrea Tribo, Vicki Smith, Taylor Whisenant

2nd row: Drew Whisenant, Butch Wallace, Matthew Zacune, Trevor Harris, Juanna Carter, Randy Smith, Ed Sparks, Gary Dillard
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