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2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff – FIRST POWER UP

By | 2018 News

FIRST POWER UP Kickoff Weekend

Saturday 1/6/18

Finally, the day has arrived. The FRC kickoff event. Today is the day that we discovered what the teaser video back on September 14, 2017, was all about. Today is also the day that kicks off the FRC build season for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition.

The day started off with getting up early and heading to Mountlake Terrace High School for the official kickoff. I love this event. Many of the teams in my local area come together and we all get to catch up, enjoy the kickoff event and learn basically what our lives will revolve around for the next six weeks until we have to bag and tag our robots before the competitions begin. After the kickoff event, all of the CyberKnights headed back to school and began our brainstorming session to begin preparations for the robot that my team will build this season. This made for a long day but one that everyone on the team really looks forward to and enjoys. This is FRC and the time and effort that we all put forth over the next few months is rewarded with friendship, awesome teamwork, and an amazing robot. As always, our main theme is, “gracious professionalism.” I will stop here for now and let you enjoy the kickoff video.


Sunday 1/7/18

On Sunday, we got together with our friends from Apex Robotics to share our initial ideas and do some additional brainstorming. Later in the afternoon, we played a mock game with people playing the robots. It was so much fun! We tried role-playing many different scenarios to see if we could uncover some strategies we hadn’t yet considered. Here is a quick video of the auto period of our first “game”. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun and we also added some ground rules along the way.


Thank you Apex Robotics for such a fun day!

We will keep you updated throughout the season and bring you along with us during the FIRST POWER UP 2018 Season.