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2011 Orlando Regional Information

Team Information:

This information is directed to all registered teams attending the Florida FIRST Robotics Competition at the UCF Arena March 10-12, 2011. Please bookmark this page for additional information & updates. This information includes:

1.   Event Schedule
2.  
Thursday Morning Uncrating and Load-in Instructions
3.  
Safety
4.  
Meals/Snacks/Beverages
6.  
Machine Shop
7.  
Transiting Between Arena/Pit
8.  
Security & Safety
9.  
Site Layout
10.
Directions and Parking
11.
Exhibits

1. Event Schedule
The event schedule can be found here. Robotics competitions are complex to run, and there are many opportunities for slowdowns. While organizers make every effort to operate on a timely basis, by nature of the event, the schedule is a guide and not a guarantee. Teams receive a welcome packet at check-in. Please review the schedule in this packet, for any changes to the schedule.

In the interest of fairness to all teams, pit closing times will be heavily enforced especially on Thursday evening. The pits and machine shop close at 8pm, by this time all team members will need to have already vacated the pits. Teams are judged for awards based on factors related to both the individual awards' requirements as well as a teams actions during the event. As such, judging may be effected by teams who do not abide by this rule.

2. Thursday Uncrating and Load-in Instructions
Load-In Traffic Flow
Traffic Flow Uncrating, 7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Teams are encouraged to arrive early to uncrate, this allows the shipping company to move crates out of the pit area as early and safely as possible.

Teams may queue their pit supplies in the area between the UCF Arena (Pits building) and Garage F. Note: Teams are not permitted to drive their vehicles in the space between the Pits building and Garage F.

As a courtesy, teams will be allowed to quickly unload large items (i.e. toolboxes) along the West side of the Arena from 7:00-8:00 along the sidewalk. Due to the large number of teams and the small space, teams are only permitted to stay in this area long enough to unload heavy items. Teams should plan on unloading in this area for no longer than 2 or 3 minutes. If a driver is waiting on team members to arrive to unload the vehicle/trailer, they will be required to wait in lot D2 until they are able to unload.

Teams will be allowed to send up to 3 representatives to uncrate their robot. At least one person must be a mentor (18+ years of age and not a high school student). Representatives will sign in at the doors in the back of the pits saying they understand the uncrating policies. Standard safety rules (i.e. safety glasses) apply during this time.

Team representatives are not permitted to work on the robot during the uncrating period. However, the WPA table will be opened early at the Florida Regional during this uncrating period; teams are highly encouraged to bring their robots over to have software updates loaded as early as possible.

Team representatives may only bring in the tools they can carry that are necessary for uncrating the robot, e.g. a handheld drill, extension cord, and crowbar. Teams will not be allowed to bring in any pit materials, toolboxes, etc.

Load-In, 8:30 a.m.
Teams will load in through the Bay Door located in the back of the pits (by Garage F). At this time the side Pit Entrance will be closed for safety reasons. All team members must enter the pit through the bay door. Teams are highly encouraged to arrive early to ensure they can load-in large items for their pits during this time.

After load-in, teams may park their trailers, busses and other oversized vehicles in Lot D2. Cars may be parked in Garages F and D. The fee for parking is $5.

After the waiting teams have loaded in, the bay door will be closed until Saturday afternoon for load-out. The side Pit Entrance will be open.

Teams are NOT to use the doors at the back of the pit for entrance or exit at any time.

Please be prepared in the event of rain so your equipment does not get damaged. We can not allow teams in until 8:30.

3. Safety
Per FIRST guidelines, safety glasses will not be distributed to teams. When you are packing, please remember to include safety glasses for every student, mentor, team and family member who will be visiting your team in the Pit area. FIRST has only a limited supply of Safety Glasses on hand, so we appreciate your efforts to supply enough Safety Glasses for everyone you bring with you!

Everyone (team members, family, friends, mentors, visitors) is required to wear non-shaded, ANSI-approved eye protection (safety glasses)

Everyone (team members, family, friends, mentors, visitors) is required to wear closed-toed shoes in the pit and around the playing fields. Shoes must cover the entire foot. Shoes must have closed-toes and heels to protect against foot injuries, regardless of work location. Flip-Flops, Sandals, Mules, Crocs, etc. are not acceptable when working on or near the robot or while attending FIRST competitions.

Children under 12 MUST be accompanied in the pit by an adult at all times!

4. Water in the Pit
Teams are permitted to bring sealed water bottles into the pits. There are no water fountains in at the facility and the closest concession stands are at the front of the arena. We encourage teams to bring water R11; Florida can be hot even in March and the pit can get hot on Thursday morning when the big bay door is open for load-in. No food, open water bottles, non-water drinks, or coolers will be permitted in the pits at any time.

5. Meals/Snacks/Beverages
Meals are not provided for the attendees. There are food concessions located in the building as well as several restaurants on the UCF campus of which some will be open during spring break. There is not a pre-order box lunch option at the Florida Regional. We recommend that you assign a few adults to develop a lunch plan for feeding the team and providing snacks throughout the event. Food brought in from or bought outside the arena cannot be brought into the arena. If the weather is nice, there are many grassy areas near the arena where teams can set up a picnic lunch. We highly recommend that the entire team NOT leave the arena/venue for lunch so that they can prepare and arrive on-time for their first match after lunch. We will not delay matches for tardy teams.

Vendor Spring Break Hours:

Sunday, 6th - Open 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    - Sm King (10a - 4p)
    - Subway (11a - 5p)
    - Wackadoos (12p - 5p)

Monday, 7th - Open 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    - Joffreys (8a - 2p)
    - Mrs. Fields (8a - 2p)
    - Qdoba (10a - 5p)
    - Sbarro (10a - 3p)
    - Sm King (10a - 4p)
    - Subway (7a - 5p)
    - Wackadoo (8:30a - 5p)

Tuesday, 8th - Open 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    - Joffreys (8a - 2p)
    - Mrs. Fields (8a - 2p)
    - Qdoba (10a - 5p)
    - Sbarro (10a - 3p)
    - Sm King (10a - 4p)
    - Subway (7a - 5p)
    - Wackadoo (8:30a - 5p)

Wednesday, 9th - Open 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    - Joffreys (8a - 2p)
    - Mrs. Fields (8a - 2p)
    - Qdoba (10a - 5p)
    - Sbarro (10a - 3p)
    - Sm King (10a - 4p)
    - Subway (7a - 5p)
    - Wackadoo (8:30a - 5p)

Thursday, 10th - Open 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(FIRST Robotics Lunch at arena - 12pm)
    - Mrs. Fields (8a - 2p)
    - Qdoba (10a - 5p)
    - Sbarro (10a - 3p)
    - Sm King (10a - 4p)
    - Subway (7a - 5p)
    - Wackadoo (8:30a - 5p)

Friday, 11th - Open 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(FIRST Robotics Lunch at arena - 12pm)
    - Mrs. Fields (8a - 2p)
    - Qdoba (10a - 5p)
    - Sbarro (10a - 3p)
    - Sm King (10a - 4p)
    - Subway (7a - 5p)
    - Wackadoo (8:30a - 5p)

Saturday, 12th - Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(FIRST Robotics Lunch at arena - 12pm)
    - Mrs. Fields (8a - 2p)
    - Qdoba (11a - 5p)
    - Sbarro (8a - 2p)
    - Subway (11a - 5p)
    - Wackadoo (11a - 5p)
NOTE: Hours may change without notice at vendors' discretion

Restaurants that have contacted us regarding delivering lunches to the arena for $7.00 to $8.00 per meal:
  • Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ
    Contact:Vivian Bissada,
    Office: (407) 423 - 1212
    Cell: (407) 325 - 5452
    Email: Vivian@Bubbalous.com

  • Jimmy Johns
    Contact: Jim
    Store: (407) 882-2222
    Cell: (479) 200-0400

6. Machine Shop
Machine shop services will be provided by the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. Transportation to and from the arena/venue to the machine shop will be provided. The machine shop has mill, drill and lathe machining capability, band saw and table saw cutting capability, a bit of soldering/ welding, grinding/ polishing, threading & taping capability, and most hand/ hand power tools. The shop will be manned by at least one machinist during all contest activities. The machine shop is a great asset for the teams. Transportation to the machine shop can be arranged at Pit Admin.

Machine Shop hours:
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - immediate following the Awards ceremonies (approximately 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

7. Transiting Between Arena/Pit
Teams and visitors may use either the upper hallway and Side Arena Entrance (see the load-in map) or the downstairs inner hallway on the east side of the arena to travel between the Arena and the Pits for the duration of the competition. Robot traffic will be given priority over teams and visitors using the downstairs inner hallway when transiting between the pit and the arena floor. Safety first!

Only team members with driver badges or media badges transporting a robot will be permitted to enter the arena floor.

Teams will each be provided one media badge. Team members wearing a media badge must have a camera with them and accompany their drive team with the robot to the arena to be given access to the field. Team members wearing the media badge are not permitted to work on a robot, coach during a match, or leave the designated media area during matchplay to ensure the safety of volunteers and team members. Media members must stay with the drive team in the queuing area until their team is loading onto the field. Volunteers on the field may make changes as needed for safety and to ensure a good flow of matches.

8. Security
Teams should never leave anything of value unattended. For added protection, it is recommended teams use security locks/cables to attach computers to a large object such as a table. Please label all robot batteries, battery chargers, controllers etc. with your team number. Turn-in lost and found items to the Pit Admin Desk in the pit area.

9. Site Layout
The field is located in The Arena and the pits are located in The Venue. A pit map will be posted on the Florida Regional website as soon as it is available.

10. Directions and Parking
Arena with Parking and Major Roads
Campus Map The address for the UCF Arena is Bldg. 50 North Gemini Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
(Gemini Blvd N & West Plaza Dr).

Teams may park their trailers, busses and other oversized vehicles in Parking Lot D2.

Cars may be parked in Parking Garages D and F.

The fee for parking is $5.














11. Table/Exhibits
The Information Table and FIRST Scholarship Table will be located on the 1st floor of the arena in the lobby

College/University information tables will be located on the 2nd floor of the Arena. Be sure to stop by! (some schools will arrive on Thursday, all are expected to be there on Friday, some may be there on Saturday). Colleges/Universities that have been invited are: University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of Florida, DeVry, Florida Institute of Technology, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Schools send admissions/recruitment and/or robotics club representatives.

FLL and FTC Exhibits:
FLL will have an exhibit on the 1st floor of the arena in the lobby on Friday and Saturday.
FTC will also be there on Saturday
Sponsor tables will be located on the 2nd floor of the arena

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will have a full-scale inflatable model of the Mars Rover Curiosity and hands on robotics exhibits in the lobby on the 1st floor midday Thursday through Saturday. Get a sneak peak of the rover with the Curiosity Cam which takes you inside the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

See you on March 10th!
Travel Safe
Sarah Plemmons
Chair, Regional Planning Committee



2011 Florida FIRST Robotics Competition Information:

The 2011 Florida Regional competition will be held March 10 through 12 at the University of Central Florida Arena.
For those planning to attend, We have included some informational links to help make your trip more enjoyable:



2011 LOGOMOTION™ Game Information:

Logo Motion is the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition game. Playing pieces are inner tubes shaped like the components of the FIRST logo. In the endgame, robots deploy smaller robots ("minibots") to climb a tower. Those robots must be made from the FIRST Tech Challenge kit of parts. The game celebrates the 20th season of the FRC and is also meant to commemorate the artist Jack Kamen, who designed the original FIRST logo.

Each alliance consists of three robots. They compete to hang as many inflated plastic shapes (triangles, circles, and squares) on their grids as they can during a two-minute-and-15-second match. The higher the teams hang their game pieces on their scoring grid, the more points their alliance receives.

If teams assemble the logo pieces on their scoring grids to form the FIRST logo (triangle, circle, square, in a horizontal row in that order), the points for the entire row are doubled.

The match ends with robots deploying minibots, small electro-mechanical assemblies that are independent of the host robot, onto vertical poles. The minibots race to the top of the pole to trigger a sensor and earn additional bonus points.

The robot ship date is February 22, 2011.

Official regional and district competitions will be held from March 3 to April 9.

Click here to see the Game Animation



JCPenney Grant Awards:

JCPenney's sponsorship of 60 FRC teams across the country marks the beginning of the Company's goal to expand FIRST to over 1,100 JCPenney communities within the next few years and encourage participation by "rookie" teams as well as minority and female students. Each sponsored team is linked to a local JCPenney store or distribution center to offer support and assistance as students prepare for their regional competitions.

Total funds to schools courtesy of the JCPenney grant from JCPenney were $159,500.
There were 39 teams that received grants:

  • (21) Rookie teams @ $6,500 = $136,500
  •   (5) 2nd year teams @ $2,000 = $10,000
  • (13) Veteran teams   @ $1,000 = $13,000



Hotel Information:

For those attending the Florida Regionals, you’ll want to visit the FIRST Regional hotel page. Steele Meetings has negotiated group rates for area hotels which will be available to teams starting Monday, October 25th. FIRST is also working on discounts with American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Avis Car Rentals. More information coming soon.



Volunteer Information:

If you volunteer for FRC events, VIMS has a new look and a more user friendly interface. You can sign up to volunteer for the 2011 FRC events now.



Previous Florida Regional Competitions:

2010 FRC Event information

2009 FRC Event information




Other US FIRST Robotics Competitions:

FIRST Robotics Competition Championship

FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship

FIRST LEGO League World Festival


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