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Together, we RISE – January 4, 2020

Kickoff ignites the start of the 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition season, INFINITE RECHARGESM. Teams from around the galaxy will gather online and at more than 140 kickoff locations to watch the game reveal and celebrate the upcoming challenges, heart-pounding thrills, and perseverance of the season ahead.

Watch Kickoff  | Learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition | Get your Kit of Part Details | Founder's Reception


Kickoff Celebration Broadcast: Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by DeejayKnight and Blair Hundertmark.

Watch LIVE on FIRSTtv

  • Game reveal & animation
  • FIRST staff and team interviews
  • Field walk through and live Q&A
  • A visit from your favorite droid

#Makeitloud and share your kickoff parties and reactions to INFINITE RECHARGESM.

Tune in all weekend long, as we celebrate Kickoff on FIRSTtv

  • Friday, January 3 | 6:30 p.m. ET | Live behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews at Dean Kamen’s house and DEKA
  • Saturday, January 4 | 10:00 a.m. ET | Kickoff celebration broadcast and INFINITE RECHARGESM game reveal
  • Sunday, January 5  |  1:00 p.m. ET  |  In-depth breakdown of the 2020 Kit of Parts with Ted Hood

Gear Up for Kickoff

Celebrate FIRST® RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, with limited-edition apparel and accessories featuring your favorite droids.

Gear up for Kickoff


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Learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition:

Teams of students are challenged to design, build, and program industrial-sized robots to compete in an alliance format against like-minded competitors.

Working collaboratively, students gain hands-on engineering and coding experience, while developing problem-solving, business, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. 




Registered teams:

Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kickoff Kit from the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. Check back to see the most up-to-date information!

Team Specific

Prior to Kickoff, teams must sign up to receive their Kickoff Kit either at a local Kickoff or to have their Kickoff Kit shipped to them. Teams who choose to have their Kickoff Kits shipped to them must pay for all shipping costs and associated transportation costs (duties, fees, taxes, etc). Teams MUST pay the shipping fee prior to the Kickoff Kit being shipped to them, and there is no guaranteed delivery date.

Kit and Kickoff Registration opens Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 12 PM (Noon) ET and closes Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Noon) ET.

Every FIRST Robotics Competition team must select either:

  • A Local Kickoff location to pick up their Kickoff Kit and enter number of attendees for the Kickoff broadcast, OR
  • "Ship" my Kickoff Kit and pay shipping fees (also known as: MySite). Note: Teams that choose this option will receive their kits some time after Kickoff. There is no guaranteed delivery date. Teams must pay all shipping fees prior to the Kit being shipped.

Teams with questions are encouraged to contact

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