Kick Off

Why? Kick off is here(or its soon approaching)! We will have a new game manual with a set of rules(constraints) and we have to come up with a strategy that we will use to play Charged Up. Our goal for the season is to make it to the FIRST Robotics World Championship held in Houston. This requires us to win, and win a lot. The next few days will set the course of the our whole build season, we will determine what we think the robot should be capable of doing. This doesn’t mean we won’t challenge or change our assumptions and plans. Our assumptions can(and will) be proven wrong and our plans have to be malleable, adapting to change to be competitive.

After watching the kick off broadcast and game animation we will be breaking out into groups and completing several group and team activities.

These activities are rule reading, ways to score, and scoring analysis. After each session we will come back as a team and discuss our findings. Your group lead will have specific instructions and outcomes for each activity.

Instructions For Each Activity

Rule Reading Instructions

Ways To Score Instructions

Scoring Analysis Instructions

What the Robot Must Do, Could Do and Won’t Do


We have 50 students and 7 group leads, that means our kick off groups will be some where around 7 students and 1 mentor. The following will be the group leads, Andrew, Adam, Casey, Joe, Nanor, Noga / JP and Mike.

Group Locations

Seven groups is a new record on kick off for us, so we are going to have to get creative in the lab with our meeting locations. The following are the group locations for the activities. Ms. Asadourian’s Room, Mr. Wrencher’s room, Lobby, Closet, Front of Mr. Ngo’s Room, Back of Mr. Ngo’s Room, Front Field, Back Field.


Meeting schedule:

Saturday 1/7/23 10:00 am – 6 pm

Sunday 1/8/23 12:01 pm – 7 pm

Saturday Schedule

  1. Intro
    1. Instructions
    2. Game History Presentation
    3. Pre-show 10 – 11 (team)
  2. Kick off broad cast 11 – 12 (team)
  3. Rule Reading Session 12:00 – 1:00
  4. Lunch 1:00 – 1:30 (team)
  5. Rule Reading session 1:30 – 2:00 (groups)
  6. Rule Presentation / Discussion 2:00 – 2:30 (team)
  7. Rules Test 2:30 – 3:15 (individual)
  8. Ways to Score Activity 3:15 – 3:45 (groups)
  9. Ways to Score Present / Discussion 3:45 – 4:15 (team)
  10. Scoring Analysis 4:15 – 5:00 (groups)
  11. Scoring Analysis Presentation / Discussion 5:00 – 6:00 (team)
  12. Homework for Sunday
    1. Research “steal from the best invent the rest”
    2. Did we miss any scoring actions?
    3. Ask questions!
    4. What do we need to learn?
    5. What don’t we know?

Sunday Schedule

  1. Review of yesterday 12:00 – 12:30 (team)
  2. What the Robot Must Do, Could Do, Won’t Do 12:30 – 1:15 (team)
  3. Brainstorm ways to achieve the actions we decided on 1:15 – 2:00 (groups)
  4. Present brainstormed ideas 2:00 – 2:30 (team)
  5. Decide on next steps
    1. Possible steps
      1. Prototyping
      2. Foundation work (test fixtures, setup laptops)
      3. Game simulation(Humans make good robots)
      5. Overall system concept design
      6. Drive base?
      7. Autonomous thoughts

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