The kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. Teams have the opportunity to meet at “local” Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. Doors open at 8 am. It will be hosted at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church St. Minneapolis, MN 55455). If you can not join us you can watch it streamed live here. Hope to see you there!
From the FIRST website:
In 2016, more than 3,000 teams comprised of 78,000+ students from around the world will compete for glory in FIRST STRONGHOLDSM. In just six weeks, they will build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult Mentors.
Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind™, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. It’s the only school sport where all members may turn pro if they choose. Teams of 10 or more high school students (ages 14-18/grades 9-12) are challenged to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors, raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills. It’s as close to real-world business and engineering as a student can get.
Teams compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at over 120 multi-day events worldwide – Ultraviolet will compete at the University of Minnesota on April 8, 2016.
All events are free and open to the public, so rally your kingdom!
The hardest fun you’ll ever have has its rewards.
Participating FIRST Robotics Competition students are eligible to apply for nearly $22 million in scholarships from more than 200 colleges and universities.