Kickoff 2019

2019 FIRST Destination: Deep Space
Kick-off & Workshops
Saturday, January 5, 2019

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

2900 W. Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL 32809
352-455-3819 (Steve)
407-929-6297 (Elise)

Our kickoff will feature workshops to help you focus on being competition ready with general FIRST Robotics Competition topics as well as virtual field elements after 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. After lunch we will host Game Manual Q&A discussions.

FIRST will NOT be releasing the field elements for construction and reveal for kickoff this year, but we plan to construct the elements with cardboard on an outlined actual size field to give students and mentors in attendance an idea of the scale and location of each element to get a perspective on the the field and game for Destination: Deep Space.

Competition Ready Workshops

Before the kickoff video join us for workshops.  Get ready not just for build season, but attend our workshops for tips to be competition ready after the 6 six week build season. Numerous general FIRST Robotics Competition topics covering everything from team organization to programming – with a focus on competing in the 2019 season.

Game Manual Q&A

During lunch a group of Game Manual enthusiasts will be scouring the 2019 Game Manual for changes and scoring points of interest and then present for group discussion.

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 each will focus on tips to help you be competition ready!

9:00- 9:35am
Room 1: Chairman’s Award (changes this year)
Room 2: Competition Roles & Organization
Room 3: Electrical
Room 4: Strategy & Scouting

9:40 – 10:15am
Room 1: Awards Overview (changes this year)
Room 2: Outreach & Judge Whispering
Room 3: Programming
Room 4: Mechanical/Safety

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

11:30 PM (when kickoff video ends): Kit distribution & Virtual field construction will begin.

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

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Destination: Deep Space Game Manual Q&A (OPTIONAL)