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FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

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December 20, 2019
Media are invited to attend the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
Saturday January 4, 2020 presented by Lake Michigan College and Sunset Coast Robotics Alliance.
Tim Dunaj - Kickoff Program Planner
Mobile: (269) 208-2810
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Kickoff ignites the start of the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition season. Teams from around the galaxy will gather online and at more than 140 kickoff locations to watch the game reveal and celebrate the upcoming challenges, heart-pounding thrills, and perseverance of the season ahead. During a live televised broadcast from FIRST Headquarters, the challenge will be revealed to teams of area high school students. With guidance of their mentors, students will design, build, program and troubleshoot their robots over a six-week build season. Completed robots will later compete in district, state, and global competitions.
Twenty-three high school robotics teams from Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kent, St. Joseph & Van Buren counties, in Michigan. Over 350 students and mentors will be in attendance.
Lake Michigan College
Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall
1100 Yore Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI
(Use 3rd driveway on Yore Ave. coming from Napier Ave.)
Saturday January 4th, 2020
8:30 A.M - Teams Check-In and Public Welcome

8:40 A.M. - Meet and Greet with Teams and Business Professionals
- FRC Bingo – Team Ramageddon (4855)
- Past Robot Component and Team Projects will be displayed “Classic Car Show” Style
- Facebook Live “Robotics Roundtable” - News Talk 94.9 WSJM Personality
9:00 A.M. - Welcome – Tim Dunaj (Judge Advisor / Master of Ceremonies)
- Sunset Coast Robotics Alliance
- Recap 2019 Activities and Planning for 2020 Activities
- Robotics Roundtable 2020 – (Team Sign-up)
- Speaker – To Be Determined
9:20 A.M. - Introduction of Honored Guest Panel for Question & Answer Session
- Questions from the students
- Questions from pre-event submissions
10:30 A.M. - Live Global Feed from FIRST Headquarters (via Twitch)
- Reveal of 2020 Game – “Infinite Recharge”
- Kit of Parts Distribution
- Break
11:30 – 2PM - Grand Upton Hall Remains Open for Teams to Work
About FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST is an international nonprofit K-12 organization that designs programs to encourage young people to pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through education and career opportunities. The FIRST Robotics Competition is "a varsity sport for the mind" providing opportunities for students to work alongside professional engineers, technologists, and other business professionals. Through their participation students can qualify for over $80 million in college scholarships.
Alumni of FIRST Robotics Competition teams have been introduced to a project oriented work environment. The students have learned to work together as a cohesive and collaborative unit, while striving to meet outside timelines and deadlines. Their experiences have made them the exact types of candidates that all businesses are looking to hire. As the existing workforce ages out, companies are looking to hire young talented employees who are accustomed to working hard to accomplish a known task. In addition, these students have learned to think outside the box of pre-existing limitations and shown themselves to be innovators. This next generation of leaders only needs the opportunity to show what they can achieve.
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