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January 6 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


This event is for the 21 “FRC” teams at High Schools across British Columbia, from Victoria to Prince George. The event is hosted by the BCIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. Teams can bring 5-10 students plus a few teachers and mentors.


BCIT Telus Theater, BCIT School of Business (Building SE06, Room 233) – 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2

Vehicle access via Wayburne Drive and Ford Street
Pay Parking is available in Lot P5
One parking pass per team will be available.
Transit access is provided by bus on either Canada Way or Willingdon Avenue
Cycling access via Central Valley Greenway and Willingdon Urban Trail

BCITSA Great Hall, Building SE04 – Following the kickoff broadcast at Telus Theatre teams will move to the Great Hall to receive their Kit of Parts


7:00 am – Doors open
7:25am – 9:00am -Welcome and Webcast (teams should be seated in Telus Theatre by 7:20am)
9:15am – 3:00pm – Kit of Parts Distribution, Field Element Assembly, Seminars,  Robot Quickbuild 

9:30 Labview Programming for the RoboRio FRC Control System
10:30 3D Printing
11:30 Sponsorship and Fundraising
12:30 Effective Game Strategies


In addition to the presentation of the Kickoff Webcast, where the 2018 FRC Game “Power Up” will be announced, teams will engage in:

– Kit of Parts distribution and inventory
– Field element assembly mock-up. Help build life size mock ups of the FRC game elements.
– Robot Quick Build. Assemble the KoP chassis and control system with the support of experienced teams.
– Seminars (located in Telus Theatre)


  1. A copy of your team roster (printed from your team dashboard).  Alternatively, you will need completed hard copies of consent and release forms.
  2. A cart or dolly to transport your kit to your vehicle.
  3. If picking up kits for other teams, bring copies of your surrogate forms.
  4. Bring Photo ID if you are picking up a kit.


Jason Brett, BCIT Technology Teacher Education, jbrett@bcit.ca, 778-840-2048
Ian Koscielski, FIRST Robotics Canada, ian.koscielski@firstroboticscanada.ca, 778-879-2875



Please bring your lunch. Please ensure your team leaves the space as clean as you found it. “The Stand”, featuring packaged food, hot dogs, pastries and coffee is located in the Great Hall. Tim Hortons, located a few minutes walk away in building SE12 will be open 8:00am – 2:00pm.

We’ve got ferries and/or a long trip. We can’t be there at 7:20. Can we still come?

Yes, please. Let us know you’ll be arriving late and keep us advised of any changes to your arrival time.

Not all of our students can attend, what can they do?

Students who are not attending can take part by watching the webcast live. https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff-broadcast

How much “cargo space” will we need?

The Kit of Parts will fit into a mid sized hatchback. If you assemble your robot you may want an SUV or minivan. We don’t have any kit details yet, but assume they will be a similar size to last year.

What tools should we bring?

An Imperial wrench/socket set, screwdrivers, tape measure, hacksaw, file, pencil, notebook, wire strippers and cutters and a cordless drill with drill and screw bits will be helpful. Please bring EYE PROTECTION for all team members who will be working on the robot. If you’re missing one or two key tools, another team will likely be able to help you out.

What should we wear?

Dress is “FRC Formal”.  In other words, your team uniform is great! Mascots are welcome to wear their costume! Don’t have a uniform yet? Then come prepared to work on wood and metal structures. Close toed shoes and comfortable, sturdy clothes are fine. Eye protection will be useful if working on the robot or assembling field structures. Ear buds and headphones are discouraged while engaged in this event.


January 6
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


FIRST Robotics Canada


BCIT Telus Theater, BCIT School of Business (Building SE06, Room 233)
3700 Willingdon Ave
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 Canada
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