There is still room for a few more teams for this event on December 10, so unsigned teams should RSVP right away.
Over 35 FIRST Robotics teams from Michigan and Indiana are heading to Grand Rapids for the 4th Annual MOCK KickOff, and we cant wait to get started! Please bring as many students and mentors as you can to what we hope will be a very helpful and fun event. Grand Valley State University’s Padnos College of Engineering and Computing has kindly offered use of their facility in downtown Grand Rapids.
There will be a free pizza luncheon at the conclusion of the event before sending all the teams out the door. A Code Red sponsor has insisted on springing for the pizza, so that’s another good reason to get here.
There is a cost this year … sort of. We are asking each team to bring at least two items from the list below to help a very hard-working organization serve Michigan families. The staff at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Michigan is outfitting their family support facilities and could use the following:
• Coloring books
• Construction paper
• Kid-friendly books
• Kid-friendly games
• Toys for children of all ages
• Hand sanitizer
• Baby wipes
• Baby bottles
• Clorox wipes
There is no charge for the MOCK KickOff or for the pizza, but please consider donating from the list. It’s a wonderful chance for FIRST Robotics teams to band together and make a difference, so please help if you can.
Additional MOCK KickOff details
When: Saturday December 10, 2011 from 8:00 to 1:30 pm
GVSU Grand Rapids Campus
301 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6430
The event begins in Teleconference Room, which is 201-3 in Eberhard Center.
(Room EC 201-3)
Free parking will be at the Mount Vernon lot, Item 16 on the attached map. Park there and walk under the highway to the back entrance of the Eberhard Center/Kennedy School of Engineering, buildings 6,v7 & 8 on the map.
Also, the conference lot on Fulton should be accessible on Saturday morning. This is the lot below the 131 viaduct, #15 on the attached map.
Here is a link to more information on the Eberhard Center:
What to expect at the Mock Kickoff: At 8:30 am, we will unveil a game to attendees then send everyone to designated meeting rooms. Teams will be divided up and mixed with others to form groups of 8-12 people. A trained facilitator will guide each group in analyzing the game, brainstorming on game play & strategy and eventually designing a robot to carry out
There will be some work involved, and we don’t believe in spectators. We would like to see maximum participation by students and some input by mentors to get the brainpower and creativity cranked up to produce something special!
At 12:00, we will regroup for pizza, pop and presentations. Students selected by each group will provide a 3-minute presentation to the large group on what they came up with!
What else teams should bring: Pens, pencils, notebooks, Laptop computers (WiFi will be available), a camera to take some photos.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Code Red MOCK KickOff Committee:
Thanks for coming out to this great collaborative event. We hope this will be fun and beneficial for all who attend!