KICKOFF - 2021
Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Happy New Year! As the coronavirus pandemic endures, FIRST has given teams internationally the opportunity to participate in the 2021 Robotics Competition season in the comfort of a virtual setting. The W.A.R. Lords have been hard at work preparing for the long road that lies ahead, one that involves limited access to our build spaces and uncertainty regarding attendance to in-person events. Team 2485 is committed to working with their heads held high and are eager to maintain a strong mentality no matter what challenges may come their way.
Since Kickoff, which was hosted on Saturday, January 9th via a Twitch livestream, the W.A.R. Lords chose to divide the entire team into 4 different subgroups to work on the three main season challenges, which are detailed below.
Part #1: INFINITE RECHARGE at Home - Skills Challenge
Our 2020 robot, Artemis, will return to competition this season as well, partaking in a series of timed skills challenges and facing off virtually against robots from around the world.
Part #2: Traditional Submitted Awards
FIRST’s traditional judged awards will return for the 2021 season, and our Awards Team has already begun drafting our submissions for the Chairman’s, Woodie Flowers, and Dean’s List Awards.
Part #3: Game Design Challenge
This second portion invites teams to design a FIRST Robotics Competition game and compete for judged awards. It gives them the opportunity to share their designs with FIRST Robotics Competition game designers and possibly have it incorporated into a future game. Their work would be celebrated and credited as inspiration!
Part #4: FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm
Our Innovation Challenge team discusses project ideas at Kickoff
This last part involves identifying a real-world global issue and developing an innovative solution. The whole project consists of building a business model and delivering a short pitch to a panel of judges via a virtual platform. In a world that is rapidly evolving, it is crucial that we redefine how we think, play, and create, especially through a means of technology and innovation. In order to move forward as a united society, our communities must be taken care of so that people of all abilities and skill levels can thrive.
Lastly, we would also like to sincerely thank our mentors, sponsors, and supporters that continue to provide us with the resources and energy we need to reach our fullest potential. Without your spirit and commitment, none of this would be possible.
Here’s to a fantastic 2021 season!
Written by Vivian B.- Director of Public Relations