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The 2020 Season of the FIRST Robotics Competition kicks off on January 4th. 

The 2020 FRC season "officially” begins on January 4th 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 main kickoff events.  One is hosted by Illinois Tech Robotics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Hall in Chicago, and the other is hosted by Bradley University's College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley's Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.

New this year we are also hosting a new satellite kickoff event.  It will be hosted by team 2338 Gear It Forward at Oswego East Highschool in Oswego, IL.


Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

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

The 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff will be held on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology in Hermann Hall located at 3241 S. Federal St., Chicago, Illinois, 60616.

The 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Chicagoland Kickoff will be hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) and Illinois Tech Robotics in Hermann Hall on Illinois Tech's campus. In addition to the Kickoff Broadcast, there will be volunteers available to help teams inventory their Kit of Parts, and rookie workshops if interest is expressed. Hermann Hall can comfortably handle over 800 people, so all teams are welcome; the more teams there, the more exciting the Kickoff! 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

Bradley University, Peoria

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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

Oswego East Highschool, Oswego, IL

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Hosted by FRC team 2338 - Gear It Forward, it will be held at Oswego East Highschool located at 1525 Harvey Rd., Oswego , IL 60543 USA.  More info can be found on their site Oswego Kickoff Event


For more information on the Oswego Kickoff Event, contact

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 2020 FRC Kickoff Events Possible!

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