Build Season has officially begun! Today, our team met up for the annual FIRST® Robotics Competition Kickoff, where teams from all over the world watch the reveal of the year’s game challenge. A select few of our members attended the local kickoff event at the A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park, PA to watch the stream and pick up the team’s Kit of Parts, while the majority of the team opted to meet at the high school for viewing and discussion.
After the game reveal stream ended, the members from the event returned to the high school, allowing team discussion and planning to begin. Team members collaborated to determine what the team’s robot was going to focus on this year, and create preliminary designs based on the plan. Discussion lasted well into the afternoon, with the team eventually coming to a consensus that this year’s robot should focus on collecting gears to deliver to the center ‘airship’ (attached is an explanation of this year’s game).
Overall, kickoff was a large success this year, with the team being able to draw up a preliminary plan for this year’s robot and begin drawing up possible designs. The team members had a blast, with team members socializing with each other and the team mentors, and the event-attending members being able to network with other teams at the regional kickoff. We look forward to build season and the Greater Pittsburgh Regional this March!