On Saturday, January 4th, 2020, after months of anticipation and hard work, 35 different teams gathered in Skillman, New Jersey at Montgomery High School for the 15th annual Skillman kickoff event, officially beginning the build season.
Prior to the Kickoff broadcast, students and mentors had 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 helped teach members of FIRST how to accomplish certain tasks that are crucial to the success of their teams. After all the workshops concluded, teams gathered in the school’s multi-performing arts center together for the revealing of the 2020 challenge, titled infinite recharge. During the stream, a number of speakers gave inspirational speeches to the FIRST community, applauding FIRST robotics as well as teaching important life skills such as dedication and teamwork. A memorial was also made to the late Dr. Woodie Flowers. After a long and enthusiastic wait, the game challenge, infinite recharge, was released.
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.
Kickoff 2020 Presentations and Support Files
Autodesk Inventor Beginner Tutorial
Autodesk Inventor Advanced Tutorial
Autodesk Inventor Tutorial Part Files: Download here
Linear Motion and Pneumatics Workshop
Gearing: Mechanical Power & Power Transmissions
1403 Belt and Chain Calculator
Sensors and the RoboRIO
Bumpers: Everything you need to know
Women in STEM 2020