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The 2022 Season of the FIRST Robotics Competition kicks off on January 8th, 2022. 

The 2022 FRC season "officially” begins on January 8th with 114 Kickoff events across the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, and Turkey.  These events not only announce the Game Challenge for the new season, but also provided teams with the opportunity to gather and compare notes, exchange ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up their Kit of Parts and get geared up for the exciting competition season.  In addition, several of the Kickoff Events host workshops on such topics as LabView, Game Strategy, fundraising, etc., enabling students, mentors and coaches alike to learn new skills or increase their proficiency.

In Illinois, we host three main kickoff events.  These various events are hosted throughout the state and can be selected through your FIRST dashboard. Because of COVID-19, these events may not be open to the public as they may have been in past years. Please contact the event hosts for more details


LevelUP IRL, Chicago

Noon - 2:00 p.m. (CST)

The 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff was going to be held on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center. The location has been relocated to LevelUP IRL at LevelUP IRL, 8658 S Cottage Grove Ave, Unit 400. This is now a kit pickup only event, and is not open to the public. For attending teams, please see your emails for more information.

For more information on the Illinois Tech Kickoff Event, contact Devyn Keeney at

Bradley University, Peoria

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (CST)

Hosted by the Bradley University College of Engineering and Technology and sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. Parking is available in the adjacent deck. Bradley will offer campus tours for any interested individuals either prior to the 9 AM session or following the kick-off. If interested in a tour, contact the Admissions office at 309-677-1000. The focus of the Bradley University College of Engineering and Technology is undergraduate engineering education. The engineering college has 950 undergraduate students in a university of 5000 undergraduates in five colleges, which allows us to provide an educational experience that contains many interdisciplinary aspects through collaborations with the other colleges. The campus has an atmosphere of open inquiry and exploration. This enhances the sound technical foundation that our engineering and technology students receive.

For more information on the Peoria Kickoff Event, contact

Oswego East Highschool, Oswego, IL

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Hosted by FRC team 2338 - Gear It Forward, it will be held at Oswego East Highschool located at 1525 Harvey Rd., Oswego , IL 60543 USA.  More info can be found on their site Oswego Kickoff Event


For more information on the Oswego Kickoff Event, contact

Teams, if you are planning on attending Kickoff events, remember that you must register in TIMS for that  Kickoff Event.  For those of you who are unable to attend a Kickoff Event, or are hosting a Team Kickoff Party, FIRST normally provides an online broadcast. Please see the FIRST website for details.



We Gratefully Acknowledge the following Sponsors whose Generous Support helps to make our
Illinois 2022 FRC Kickoff Events Possible!

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