For the seventh year, the RoboJackets will be hosting the 2015 Regional FRC Kickoff at Georgia Tech on January 3rd, 2014. Teams are required to register on the FIRST website for the kickoff. The kickoff will consist of breakfast, guest speakers, live broadcasting, robot demos, and workshops. The event will begin with breakfast at 8:45AM in the Georgia Tech FERST Center atrium.

Workshops are vital in creating an easy transition into the start of the FIRST season. One of the RoboJackets’ primary goals is to have all teams who attend the workshops to leave with a KOP robot that will require only some final assembly. The RoboJackets highly encourage teams to attend these helpful workshops to learn and receive guidance. In order to help teams, the RoboJackets will be holding workshops in several areas of FIRST robotics.


Teams – please fill out this survey if your team plans to attend the 2015 FRC Kickoff:

In addition, please make sure that you fill out a Georgia Tech waiver for each member of your team. The waiver can be found here: GT General Waiver


The following are the five workshop tracks that will be available for teams:


  • Mechanical: Building the mechanical parts of the provided KOP.
  • Electrical: Assembly of the electronics, wiring guide lines, CRIO wiring, and a few pointers on past problems.
  • Strategy Brainstorm: Teams will be given the opportunity to go over rules and discuss game play strategies.
  • LabVIEW Programming: A crash course of LabVIEW basics, vision, simple autonomy, and cRIO setup/configuration. Laptops will be provided during the workshop with LabVIEW so that groups may follow along. Teams are however encouraged to bring their own laptops with last years LabVIEW installed.
  • Rookie: This is a new workshop this year, which will go through the basics of how the competition and build season works. Based on the Technology Enrichment sessions hosted by the RoboJackets, this workshop will go through a six week build season step by step. This workshop is designed for teams and students that are new to the FRC Competition, however, all teams are welcome and encouraged to attend.

All teams attending the mechanical workshop should bring the following items with them (tools will not be provided):
A cart for KoP bins.
3/16” allen wrenches (2), preferably a T-handle, screwdriver type, or loop/wire handle for fast turning (Cordless drill w/ 3/16” allen wrench bit is a plus)
5/32″ Allen keys
7/16″ Wrench
3/8″ Wrench
10 mm Wrench
Rubber Mallet
Chain break for 3/8″ chain
Wire strippers (10,14,18 AWG) & wire cutters
#2 Phillips screw driver
Medium sized flat head screw driver (1/4″ blade width)
Cordless drill small bits up to 3/8″
Needle Nose Pliers
Tape Measure
Safety glasses
Teams should bring more than 1 of each of tool.
For the electrical workshop (tools will not be provided):

If veteran team: cRIO, classmate PC, digital sidecar, fuse/breaker panel, & main breaker.
Wire strippers (10,14,18 AWG)
Wire cutters
Wire crimpers – a good set with handles at least 7” long; this is a must investment for good connections
Phillips screwdriver ( #2)
Flat Screwdriver
Wago flat screwdriver
Marking pencil/pen/marker/masking tape
The workshops will be located in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building. Also note that cutting or sawing of any components is strictly forbidden.

If you have any questions, please contact the Kickoff Coordinator, Sue Pedapudi at