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Hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Darrin Communications Center, Room 308 (map)
Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Campus Map (Free Parking)

Where to find food

If you can't make it to your local kickoff, watch the broadcast online: FIRST® Kickoff Website

***Please send a new team picture to include in the event presentation (1024px x 768px jpeg is best)***

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Teams: What to Bring to Kickoff:

Team Roster – Team Leader: print out from TIMS

Consent Forms for team members who have not completed the online consent form (with parental approval if under 18) on STIMS

Laptops with encrypted game manual already downloaded (there won't be public internet access in the auditorium) Note: Be sure to try the Decryption Test page to make sure the game manual password (revealed at Kickoff) will work on your computer.

Recommended: dolly or cart with team number clearly marked (for the Kit of Parts)

Student Team Members: Now is the time to sign up in STIMS – and make sure that your parents electronically approve your online consent form. This will save time at the Kickoff and at the Competition.

Kickoff details

  1. The event will be held in DCC-308, Darrin Communications Center lecture hall 308.

  2. Food can be brought into the facility. Most campus facilities are closed.

  3. Parking is free and available in the College Avenue parking garage and the Academy Hall lot. Buses should park at the Academy Hall lot.

  4. Handicap access can be arranged for drop off and pick up. The teams will be allowed to drive on campus to pick up the Kit of Parts, after the video link, one vehicle per team please. Instructions will be provided after the video link.

  5. Rooms for team meetings or brainstorming will be made available upon request. Please contact Paul Schoch to reserve space, and specify the number of people who will be part of your team's brainstorming session. Event planners will not be able to accommodate requests the day of the kickoff.

  6. Wired internet connections are available, but only at a limited number of locations in the DCC building. No login is needed for wired connections. A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ID and password are needed for wireless access. Bring a friendly student or staff member with your team.

  7. There will be a partial field setup for viewing after the video link.

  8. A quick build is offered. Space is limited; teams must contact Paul Schoch to participate. Priority will be given to rookie teams. Safety glasses are required. Event planners will not be able to accommodate requests the day of the kickoff.

  9. Teams staying for the quick build or for brainstorming are allowed to bring in food. Campus food services are closed. Please let Paul Schoch know if you plan to stay for the Quick Build. Please bring safety glasses to wear while attending Quick Build sessions.

  10. More information at FRC email blasts and the FRC Blog.