We are excited to welcome you to the Raritan Valley Robot Rumble occurring as part of Raritan Valley Science & Technology Showcase. Given this event will take place in a shopping mall, it will work a little differently than a traditional off-season event. The main goal of the host committee (FRC Teams 41, 56, 75, 102, 1257, 3637, and 9116) is to foster interest in STEM while educating the public about all the great things happening in the area. In addition to the Robot Rumble, we will also be hosting a FLL Workshop (if you know a team that would like to participate, they can sign up now), FTC practice, a community STEM fair dubbed “Investigation Alley” with robotics and other organizations, hands-on educational activities, and sensory-friendly activities. We encourage you to visit and participate in other parts of the larger Raritan Valley Science & Technology Showcase.
Day 0 - Friday, September 29
Friday 3:00-8:00pm - Load-in for teams. Field NOT available for use.
Day 1 - Saturday, September 30
7:30 am - Pits Open
8:00 am - Field Opens for measurements
8:40 am - Safety Briefing
8:50 am - Event Orientation
10:00 am - 11:00am - Practice Matches
10:00 am - Mall Opens to Public
11 am - 12 Noon - Lunch Break
12pm - 7pm - Qualification Matches
Pits will close 30 minutes after the last match
Day 2- Sunday, October 1
8:30am - Pits Open
8:45am - 10am - Team and Robot Photos
10am - 11am - Mentor Matches
11am - Alliance Selection / Lunch Break
11am - Mall Opens to the public
12pm - 4:45 pm Playoff Matches
4:45pm - Matches end and awards
5pm on - Event breakdown, field teardown
The field will be built in an area of the mall called “Center Court.” Due to space constraints of the mall, the field is being slightly altered to fit the space. The 6’ will be taken from the length of the field, so it will measure 47’ x 27 (normal is 53’ x 27’). Although we do not expect the gameplay to be significantly altered, we are aware the shortened field may affect robot performance and encourage teams to make adjustments accordingly. Full details and dimensions are available in the registration packet.
New for 2023 - Mentor Matches
Ever wonder what happens when the tables are turned? We have some time built into the schedule on Sunday morning for mentors/teachers to take the robot controls and compete in the actual game against other teams. Participation is optional, but it should be very entertaining! Don’t worry, there will be a break after the mentor matches for robot repairs before regular matches resume.
The viewing area is standing room only (no bleachers) on the upper levels of the mall. Teams should try to keep spectators for each match to a minimum and give the public a chance to experience the thrill of an FRC event. We will provide a video stream to both the pit area and a separate team-only recreation area. Team members are free to explore the other activities happening in the mall throughout the day. Teams are encouraged to have their members assist with other areas of the event. This is a great opportunity to share the cool things your team does through FIRST with the broader community. See the section below about outreach opportunities for your team during the event. Although we are not placing limits on team size, larger teams may want to consider bringing different students both days.
A hotel room block is available for booking now at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Bridgewater/Branchburg at 968 Route 202 South Branchburg, New Jersey for the nights of 9/29 and 9/30. The hotel is 4.9 miles (8 min) from the venue and includes hot breakfast daily. Use this link to book online with a credit card hold, or call the property at (908) 253-9400 and ask for the "Science Technology Showcase" block. Be sure to bring relevant tax-exempt paperwork to present at check-in if applicable. We have three room types available, a King Studio Suite ($149/night +tax) that includes a king bed and a queen sofa bed, a King 1 Bedroom Suite that is a little roomier and includes a king bed and a queen sofa in a separate room ($159/night +tax), and a 2 Queen Bed Suite that also includes a queen sofa bed for 3 beds total ($189/night +tax). The room block will be released for general sale on 8/27/2023. Reserved rooms may be canceled up to 48 hrs before check-in.