We here at ROBOTICON are super stoked for our live Tampa Bay Kick-off event at the Doolittle Institute’s SOFWERX facility in Ybor City tomorrow morning!  In collaboration with Eureka! Factory, SOCOM & SOFWERX, we’ve got a great event lined up for our local Kick off teams!

  • 9:00 Welcome & Introduction of Alumni & Special Guests
  • 9:15 Opening by James “Hondo” Guerts, SOCOM: Importance of Robotics & Robotics at SOCOM/TALOS
  • 9:35 Robotics Engineering – Dean Robert Bishop, University of South Florida
  • 9:45 Workshop: Engineering solutions, teamwork, making yourself valuable – Beth Hanning, Doolittle Institute
  • 10am  Team Intros & Upcoming Events for FIRST Teams at SOFWERX
  • 10:30 Kick-Off: Live Streaming broadcast
  • 11:30 Game Element Reveal
  • 12:00 Kit of Parts Distribution
  • 12:30 Tour of SOFWERX for teams and special guests

Now that’s a Kick off of epic proportions! But it’s only one of 114 events going on worldwide.  Here’s a few more facts about the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition season:

  • The 2016 season will include more than 3,000 teams (75,000 high-school students), grades 9-12, participating in 118 Regional and District events.
  • Teams will have six weeks to design and build a robot to meet this year’s engineering challenge.
  • At Kickoff, teams will be shown the FIRST STRONGHOLD 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 or no instructions

If you won’t be at SOFWERX or at another kick off event, you can tune into the Comcast Livestream starting at 10:30 am.  Click HERE for the Livestream page.