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2009 FRC Remote Kickoff at Polytechnic Institute of NYU

The 2009 FRC Remote Kickoff at Polytechnic Institute of NYU will be taking place Saturday, January 3, 2009. Polytechnic Institute of NYU will host approximately 30 teams at their Campus. Teams will be watching a broadcast presentation hosted on NASA TV or as a webcast streamed from the NASA website. Following the webcast, teams will divide and attend several workshops to prepare them for the build season.

Venue Address and Website:
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Pfizer Auditorium
6 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Need directions to the venue? Click here

Transportation/Parking Information:

For parking information, please click here.
For public transportation information Click here

Cancellation in the Event of Inclement Weather:

In the event of adverse weather conditions, please call (718) 260-3383 starting at 6:00am.
Arrangements to pick up your Kit of Parts will be made for Monday, January 5th if necessary.

In the event of cancellation, teams may watch the webcast from the NASA FIRST Kick-off website. If your local cable TV system carries NASA TV, you can watch the proceedings from the comfort of your own homes. For more information click: Digital NASA TV - Please click here for NASA Webcast info

Event Schedule:

8:30 - 9:30am

Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

9:30 - 10:00am

Welcome and Introduction

10:00 - 11:30am

Downlink of Kickoff from Manchester, NH

11:30 - 12:00pm

Lunch A

12:00 - 3:00pm

Workshops (see below)

Breakfast and Lunch:
Polytechnic Institute of NYU will provide complimentary boxed lunches to all participants.

Below is the schedule for the available workshops at Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Overall Schedule

9:00 - 10:00



10:00 - 11:30


Downlink from Manchester


11:30 - 12:00

Cafeteria or local eateries

12:00 - 3:00

Pickup robot kits


Rm 116

5 rooms

Workshop Schedule


RM 474

Lecture Hall

RM 475

Lecture Hall

RM 576

Computer Lab

RM 577

Computer Lab

12:00 - 1:00

2009 Game Stratgies

Drive Train

2009 New Controller
Automous Programming
2009 Software Environment

1:00 - 2:00

2009 Electrical System

Mechanical: Chassis
2009 New Controller
Automous Programming
2009 Software Environment

2:00 - 3:00

Kit of Parts Walkthrough

Programming for Autonomous Mode

C++ for Robotics
Automous Programming
2009 Software Environment

Kit of Parts Distribution: 
Kit distribution will begin at 11:30 at room 116.

Surrogate Kit Pickup Option :

If your team is unable to pick up its KOP at the selected Kickoff, an alternate may do so on your behalf. The team unable to attend must provide FIRST with an authorization letter, signed by the main contact, on school or sponsor letterhead.

Fax the letter to Team Support at 603-666-3907 no later than December 31st, 2008 5:00 pm EST, and send a hard copy to FIRST, Attn: Team Support, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101. The letter must include the following:

1.) Your team number and the pick-up location;
2.) The name and team number of the representative picking up the KOP.
3.) Provide a copy of the Surrogate Kit Pickup letter to the team representative picking up the KOP for your team. This representative must bring the letter to the appropriate Kickoff.

Team Attendance:

Please click here for a list of confirmed teams for the 2009 FRC Remote Kickoff at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Should the number of people (students and adults) attending the Kickoff exceed the number initially indicated in your registration, please call in advance and let Ana Martinez know at 718-260-3383. Please note, in any case, no team may bring more than 20 people.

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