2023 FRC Season Kickoff @ Beaver Island Community School
Jan 7 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for a 2023 season kick-off event in the robot lab at BICS.  We’ll watch the kick-off show live streamed for FIRST HQ and then begin work on planning our 2022 robot.  We’ll wrap things up with a traditional pizza party at about 1:30 p.m. over at the BIC Center.

If you aren’t able to join us at BICS, you can join on our Discord server or on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87601760989?pwd=bzdiaFJOMWF5SjE3b3dYVUJuT3VrUT09

Meeting ID: 876 0176 0989 | Passcode: [our team numner]| One tap mobile: +13126266799,,87601760989# or +13092053325,,87601760989#

This year, in a game called  CHARGED UPSM presented by Haas, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams will prepare for a challenge that is fully charged to inspire your team to see the potential of energy storage in a new light. Watch the season kickoff January 7, 2023 for the game reveal.

From the machines that move us to the food that sustains us to the wireless technologies that connect us, energy plays an essential role in keeping our world running. During our 2022-2023 robotics season, FIRST® ENERGIZE presented by QualcommFIRST teams across our programs will reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward.

To empower young people to be leaders and innovators, this year’s energy theme addresses global challenges related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #7 — focused on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

This is the moment to get energized to innovate.

Here’s a short video from Haas that explains how skills FIRST team members learn translate to work at Haas and other companies that offer great jobs and career opportunities.

Kettering District Competition @ Kettering University Connine & Jim John Recreation Center
Mar 9 – Mar 11 all-day

Our first competition event for 2023 is at Kettering University in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

Here is a link to a map to the competition site: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kettering+University+Connie+and+Jim+John+Recreation+Center/@43.0109719,-83.7140725,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xac6b1b855717ebfe!8m2!3d43.0109719!4d-83.7140725 

You can find out more about FIRST and BICS’s FRC Team #6098 bIrobot at birobot.org.  Team members and parents, please check our Discord site for hotel and travel details.

Traverse City District Competition @ Traverse City Central High School
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day

Our second FIRST Robotics district competition will be at Traverse City Central High School.  This will be a great event for island fans to attend.

Here is a map to the competition site: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Traverse+City+Central+High+School/@44.7674623,-85.5901272,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x881fd2a7a3a47717:0x8eec89c4d972e453!8m2!3d44.7674585!4d-85.5879385

You can find out more about FIRST and BICS’s FRC Team #6098 bIrobot at birobot.org.  Team members and parents, please check our Discord site for hotel and travel details.

bIrobot Robotics Camp @ Beaver Island Community School
Aug 7 – Aug 11 all-day

We plan to resume our robotics camp this summer! It’s a mini-FRC season packed into a week. We’ll spend a day one getting up to speed.  Kick-off (and the game reveal) will be at noon on day two with build continuing through the morning of day five.  The competition will be day five.  Campers will form teams to design and build their own robots using the Lego EV3 platform. Teams will compete both on robotics performance and their ability to explain their design, strategy and approach to teamwork to judges who will visit them in their pits during the competition (just like at and FRC event).

Camp will run 8:30 to 12:30 Monday through Friday. The competition will start at 1:00 on Friday.

Check the bIrobot website for additional details and to sign up to be notified when online registration becomes available.

Please remember that FIRST is more than robots. Campers will also design team logos, banners and buttons. No prior programming or robotics experience is required, but campers with prior experience will be equally challenged.