17th Annual Kickoff

More information about Team 1403’s 2023 Kickoff Coming Soon!


On Saturday, January 8th, 2022, after months of anticipation and hard work, 30 different teams will gather in Skillman, New Jersey at Montgomery High School for the 16th annual Skillman kickoff event, officially beginning the build season.



Prior to the Kickoff broadcast, students and mentors have the opportunity to attend workshops held by different mentors and Team 1403 members to learn about different aspects of robotics. The workshop topics included Autodesk Inventor/CAD software, linear motion and pneumatics, gearboxes & transmissions (gearing), sensors, bumpers, and Women in STEM. These workshops will help teach members of FIRST how to accomplish certain tasks that are crucial to the success of their teams. After all the workshops are concluded, teams will gather in the school’s multi-performing arts center together for the revealing of the 2022 challenge. During the stream, a number of speakers give inspirational speeches to the FIRST community, applauding FIRST robotics as well as teaching important life skills such as dedication and teamwork.

The kickoff event officially marks the beginning of the 6-week build season for Team 1403. During build season, all members work together to prepare for competition and create a successful final product.

Autodesk Inventor Packet




Linear Motion and Pneumatics


Using Sensors with the RoboRIO


Gearing: Mechanical Power and Power Transmissions


Cougar Script Editor: Everything You Need to Know


Bumpers: Everything You Need to Know