Save the following dates for the 2019-20 robotics season. Where dates have not yet been decided, last year’s dates are provided so you have an idea of when it will likely be scheduled.
Note: All dates are subject to change and all students should routinely check their robotics team calendar accessed via their gmail account to confirm the dates. This summary is provided so that parents have a general idea of what is to come so they can plan ahead.

  • Robotics Team Meetings are Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm at the old East Cobb Middle School (ECMS) aka Destination Einstein build site.
  • Programming and Build Team Meetings are Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30pm at ECMS. Students must ask team leads which meetings are invite-only or open to all students.
  • CAD Training Sessions are in Mr Benton’s room at Walton High School after school on Mondays 3:30 – 5:30pm. All Mondays from Sept 9 through Oct 28, except for fall break.
  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion event at NASA, August 28 – Sept 1st. A small group of our team exhibited a robotics demo at a local radio host’s family event in Orlando.
  • Georgia FIRST Robotics Symposium at Kennesaw State University is on Saturday, Sept 7, 2019, 7:30 – 3:30pm.
  • Robot Relay at Walton High School is on Saturday, Oct 5th.
  • SCRIW at Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina is on Saturday, Oct 26th, 8:00 – 6:00pm.
    • A small group from our team will be competing in this event, called the South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshops (SCRIW).  27 FRC teams from across the southeast will compete using last year’s 2019 game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE before the 2020 game is revealed. Dreher High is located at 3319 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.  Drive time from East Cobb is about 3 1/2 hours without traffic and stops.
  • GRITS 2019 at Kell High School is on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:00 – 7:00pm with dinner afterward at ECMS.  Our team will be competing in this event, called the Georgia Robotics Invitational Tournament and Showcase (GRITS).  All team members are expected to attend this competition.
    • All team members are invited, however, each student must meet the following requirements to participate in this event:
      • 25 hours of participation
      • 10 hours of outreach
      • Completed Safety Training
      • 2 other trainings, other than safety
    • All parents are encouraged to come and watch this competition since it is so close.  Kell High School is at 4770 Lee Waters Road, Marietta, GA 30066 and is about a 20 minutes northwest of Walton High School. Teams compete using the game they played last season 2019-20.
  • FRC Kickoff Broadcast is Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 at 10:30am. This is when the new game specifications will be announced.  This marks the beginning of the design and build season.
  • Parent Travel Meeting in January or February (date TBD): Parents must attend the travel meeting which is sometime in January or February.  This meeting is to discuss travel arrangements to the World Championship in Houston, TX.
  • District Competition Events (dates TBD): The team will participate in two District level qualifying competitions in March, 2020.
    • We compete in the Peachtree (PCH) District. The dates for the events are not yet decided.  However, here is the information for the two district events the team attended last year to give you an idea of the timing:
      • Peachtree (PCH) District Qualifier Dalton Event was March 7-9, 2019 at the Dalton Convention Center.
      • Peachtree (PCH) District Qualifier Columbus Event was March 21-23, 2019 at the Columbus State University, Lumpkin Center.
  • FRC Peachtree State Championship in early April (dates TBD): This event will likely be the first weekend of Spring Break, so please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
    • The date of the State Championship is TBD, however, last year’s State Championship was at LakePoint Champions Center in Emerson, GA, April 3 – 6, 2019. LakePoint Champions Center is at 261 Stars Way, Emerson, GA 30121.  This is about 30 minutes northwest of Walton High School.
  • FIRST World Championship in Houston is April 15 – 18, 2020.  The team will likely leave on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 and return on Saturday, April 18, 2020.  This event is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010.

Robotics Season Breakdown:

  • Fall is the training and outreach part of the season.  This is a time to get organized, learn skills and spread awareness of robotics everywhere.
  • January and February is the designing and building part of the season. This is when the game specifications are announced and teams can start designing and building their robots.  Keep in mind that February Break is in the middle of this frantic effort.  
  • March and April is the competition part of the season.  Keep in mind that the first weekend of Spring Break is the State Championship event.