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home : news : local news January 17, 2018

Three county robotics teams to attend kickoff
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Kickoff date and time:


9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Doors open at local kickoff locations

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Pre-broadcast

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Main Broadcast

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Wrap up

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Students from around Indiana - including three teams from Hamilton County - and the world will watch a live-feed from FIRST Robotics' headquarters in Manchester New Hampshire to find out the goal of this season's competition.

Sham ROCK Robotics from Westfield High School, the TechHOUNDS from Carmel High School, and Tiger Dynasty from Fishers High School are expected to be in attendance when this year's new game is introduced.

Teams have six weeks to design and build a robot, which will compete at local, regional and national events. There are four kickoff events in Indiana where high school teams will participate.

At kickoff this Saturday, teams will be shown the FIRST Power-Up game field and challenge details for the first time, and will receive a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components with limited instructions. From this assortment of materials, teams have six weeks to build a robot capable of completing the assigned task.

IndianaFIRST added two new Kickoff locations for the 2018 season.

"(Playing host to) a Kickoff event at the University of Indianapolis was a natural fit", said Renee Becker-Blau, executive director of IndianaFIRST. "It gives IndianaFIRST a chance to expand the size of our kickoff event and it gives our students an opportunity to visit a university campus."

Chris Osborne, the IndianaFIRST Program Director, said he is thrilled to be attending the Bloomington High School South Kickoff.

"This event will make a big difference to the teams located between Columbus, Bloomington and Evansville. We see this as a first step in building a strong community of teams in Southern Indiana."

Playing host to the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff in two new venues wouldn't have been possible without support from the University of Indianapolis, the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, and FRC Team 1529 in addition to support from Bloomington High School South and FRC Team 3494.

Purdue FIRST Programs and FRC 3936 will continue to support Northern and Central Indiana teams by hosting local Kickoff events on campus at Purdue University and in Michigan City at the Mullen Center.

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 Kickoff Kit from the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season.

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