For the fourteenth year in a row, RoboJackets will be hosting a Local Kickoff for FIRST® Robotics Competition teams on January 8th, 2022. We are very excited to return to hosting this year’s kickoff in-person on the Georgia Tech campus! Teams are required to register on the FIRST website for the kickoff.
The kickoff will consist of guest speakers, live kickoff broadcast, and workshops to begin the 2022 RAPID REACTSM season. The event will begin with team check-in at 10:00 AM in the Ferst Center lobby. The kickoff presentation will take place in the Ferst Center For The Arts starting at 11:00 AM and after a lunch break, workshops will be hosted in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building.
Please check this page before coming to the event as any updated information will be posted here.
All times listed are in EST and are subject to change.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
10:00 AM – Event opens to teams
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM – Local kickoff ceremony (Ferst Center)
12:00 AM to 12:45 PM – FIRST kickoff broadcast
12:45 PM to 2:00 PM – Kit of Parts distribution (Ferst Center Loading Dock) – Please bring 2 team members and a mentor to pick up the KoP
12:45 PM to 2:15 PM – Lunch break for teams
2:15 PM to 4:00 PM – Breakout sessions for workshops (Klaus Advanced Computing Building)
*Note: We will not be providing breakfast this year due to the later start time of the FIRST kickoff broadcast
Attendees should park in the nearest visitor parking lots to the Ferst Center. There have been recent changes to the GT campus nearby so please review closely.
- Visitor Area 3: Student Center Deck (W02) – Please use this lot for parking of personal cars, there is a low height requirement for the deck – Will cost $10 per vehicle
- Visitor Area 2: Ferst Drive and Student Center – Please use this lot for parking of larger vehicles/vans – Will cost $2/hour
- Bus Parking – There will be parking located on Ferst Drive across from Visitor Area 2 for teams who indicate they will arrive on campus in a school bus, please follow further instructions to let us know about this option
We will follow the current guidance from Georgia Tech and FIRST HQ at the time of the event. We anticipate a return to full capacity given the following considerations:
- We encourage everyone in the Georgia Tech community to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, vaccinate, and wear a mask in campus buildings.
- If there is one thing each one of us can do to protect ourselves and keep others safe, it is to get vaccinated. The new vaccines have proven to be extraordinarily effective at preventing severe illness.
- The CDC recently issued new interim guidance recommending the use of masks inside public buildings even by fully vaccinated individuals. At Georgia Tech, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities.
- We will ask that all attendees perform the daily self-checklist prior to arrival.
To Be Announced Soon – Stay tuned!
*Note: You will not need the Kit of Parts or tools for the workshops; there will be no building component. Please see here for guidance on assembling last year’s KoP chassis.
Workshop recordings are now available! Links to YouTube videos for the RoboJackets-hosted mechanical, electrical, software, and controls workshops are now available below.
|Mechanical||This workshop will introduce you to common mechanical systems from the FRC world and when to use them. You will learn how to select, construct, and implement these mechanisms to approach any new FRC game; audience participation is encouraged! Presented by RoboJackets mechanical members.||View on YouTube|
|Electrical||An introduction to FRC electrical components, presented by RoboJackets electrical members.||View on YouTube|
|Software/Java||An introduction to Java and how to get started programming your FRC robot, hosted by RoboJackets software members.||View on YouTube|
|Controls||So your robot can move in autonomous. What’s next? This workshop will cover basic concepts in control theory such as PID control, motion planning, and trajectory following. The workshop will be focused on the control of robot drivetrains with an emphasis on showing interactive pseudo-code. Recommended for students grades 9-12. Knowledge of high school algebra is expected.||View on YouTube|
|Strategy||GeorgiaFIRST referee staff will discuss rules and gameplay strategies with teams.||This workshop wasn’t recorded.|
|Rookie||This workshop is geared towards rookie team coaches, learning the tips and tricks on how to get through your first build season.||This workshop wasn’t recorded.|
If you have any questions, please contact Tan Tonge at email@example.com.