Kickoff – Day 1

It’s finally come! #Stronghold has arrived and it looks like the anticipation was not in vain… it looks AWESOME!

We were excited to help host the Dallas kickoff event with Texas Instrument’s support, and be able to hang out with 24 other awesome Dallas teams for the day.
Over 400 of our friends were in attendance! Standing room only :)
Over 400 of our friends were in attendance! Standing room only 🙂

Peter Balyta, President of TI Ed. Tech talking to us about his experience as a high school math teacher, and how it led to his current career.

Peter Balyta, President of TI Ed. Tech
Peter Balyta, President of TI Ed. Tech
We had great support from 1296, 1745, 2848, 3005, 5417, and 5431 mentors, who gave presentations on kickoff strategies, bumpers, rookie strategies, Java/Labview programming, pneumatics, mechanical design, and robot quick build.
Rookie FRC6171 participates in RQBS
Rookie FRC6171 participates in RQBS
Aren Hill - FRC1296 and VexPro Engineer Presents on Kickoff Day Strategies
Aren Hill – FRC1296 and VexPro Engineer Presents on Kickoff Day Strategies
Greg Needel, CoFounder of RevRobotics, FRC2848 Mentor and Marco Guerra, FRC3005 Mentor Live Game Breakdown
Greg Needel, CoFounder of RevRobotics, FRC2848 Mentor and Marco Guerra, FRC3005 Mentor
Live Game Breakdown
Stephanie Burnham, FRC5431 presents on "Success in first 3 years" after winning RAS in 2015
Stephanie Burnham, FRC5431 presents on “Success in first 3 years” after winning RAS in 2015

The rest of the day was spent reading the rules… then reading the rules… then finally! reading the rules. We’re looking forward to our meetings next week to start peeling back the layers of this complex game, and developing a team strategy, robot strategy, and our first prototypes. We’re also excited that FRC1860 will be back in town this year for Dallas Week 4 and staying in touch with friends this build season.

FRC3005 students hit the books. No roboting until your rules homework is done :)
FRC3005 students hit the books. No roboting until your rules homework is done 🙂

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