Kickoff 2018

2018 FIRST Power-Up Kick-off & Workshops
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Exploding Bacon and Gra-V Robotics official FIRST kickoff
at Orange Technical College Mid Florida Campus!

2900 W. Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL 32809

Our kickoff will feature workshops for general FIRST Robotics Competition topics as well as field elements once the game is revealed. The game reveal stream will be viewed in Mid Florida Tech’s Motion capture auditorium and our workshops will be done in their high-tech classrooms. The kickoff will feature two sets of Power Up field elements for teams to access after the game reveal is complete.


There will be numerous workshops available at the kickoff. Before the kickoff video there will be pre-game workshops that cover general FIRST Robotics Competition topics covering topics from team organization to programming.

Address and Parking

2900 W. Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL   32809
Building 1600, take Chancellor Drive to the last entrance in the back of the campus

Recommended Local Restaurants

We are not providing a lunch to order, but you can arrange with your team to get lunch from one of the numerous places in the area.  Here are a few listed for your convenience. 

Tijuana Flats: 4698 Gardens Park Boulevard Ste. 101, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 965-5090

King Express (Chinese): 2225 W Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 854-7899

Papa Johns Pizza: 5898 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 859-7272

Numerous traditional burger and sub fast foods in the area.

Publix: 5265 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 816-8335


8:30 AM: Venue opens to teams.

9:00 AM: Pre-game Workshops

Room 1: Chairman’s Award
Room 2: NEMO (Team Organization)
Room 3: Electrical
Room 4: Mechanical / Safety

Room 1: Chairman’s Award
Room 2: Outreach & Judge Whsipering
Room 3: Strategy & Scouting
Room 4: Programming

10:30 AM – 11:30 PM: Kickoff Livestream

11:30 PM (when kickoff video ends): Kit distribution & In-person field element reveal. Mock field becomes available.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch (see our list of recommendations)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: PowerUp #PlayForReal Experience & Discussions (OPTIONAL)