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  • FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kickoff

    The 2018 Season of the FIRST Robotics Competition kicked off on January 6th. 

    The 2018 FRC season "officially” began on January 6 with 114 Kickoff events across the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, and Turkey.  These events not only announce the Game Challenge for the new season, but also provided teams with the opportunity to gather and compare notes, exchange ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up their Kit of Parts and get geared up for the exciting competition season.  In addition, several of the Kickoff Events host workshops on such topics as LabView, Game Strategy, fundraising, etc., enabling students, mentors and coaches alike to learn new skills or increase their proficiency.

    In Illinois, we host two Kickoff Events.  One is hosted by Illinois Tech Robotics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, MTCC (McCormick Tribue Campus Center) in Chicago, and the other is hosted by Bradley University's College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley's Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.


    Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

    8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CST)

    The 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff will be held on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology several buildings across campus - NOTE - NEW LOCATION ON CAMPUS !!!

    • Check In
      • MTCC (McCormick Tribue Campus Center) 3201 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
      • Parking lot is just north of MTCC and for oversize vehicles there is a parking lot south of MTCC - East on 33rd street.
      • Come early to check-in prior to the FIRST broadcast

    The 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Chicagoland Kickoff will be hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) and Illinois Tech Robotics in a couple buildings on Illinois Tech's campus. In addition to the Kickoff Broadcast, there will be full scale field mockups, volunteers available to help teams inventory their Kit of Parts, and rookie workshops if interest is expressed. Parking details, maps, and other event details will be sent to registered teams prior to the event.

    For more information on the Illinois Tech Kickoff Event, contact  urbinam.gos@gmail.com

    Bradley University, Peoria

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CST)

    Hosted by the Bradley University College of Engineering and Technology and sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. Parking is available in the adjacent deck. Bradley will offer campus tours for any interested individuals either prior to the 9 AM session or following the kick-off. If interested in a tour, contact the Admissions office at 309-677-1000. The focus of the Bradley University College of Engineering and Technology is undergraduate engineering education. The engineering college has 950 undergraduate students in a university of 5000 undergraduates in five colleges, which allows us to provide an educational experience that contains many interdisciplinary aspects through collaborations with the other colleges. The campus has an atmosphere of open inquiry and exploration. This enhances the sound technical foundation that our engineering and technology students receive.

    For more information on the Peoria Kickoff Event, contact jreyer@fsmail.bradley.edu

    Teams, if you are planning on attending Kickoff events, remember that you must register in TIMS for that  Kickoff Event.  For those of you who are unable to attend a Kickoff Event, or are hosting a Team Kickoff Party, NASA normally provides an online broadcast. 



    We Gratefully Acknowledge the following Sponsors whose Generous Support helps to make our
    Illinois 2018 FRC Kickoff Events Possible!

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