The team started off the year at the FIRST major event of the season, kickoff, where FIRST introduces the competition rules and gives teams the time to collaborate about ideas. The team sent most of its members to kickoff, with a few staying behind to read the rules closely once they were released. After the initial kickoff event at Mountlake Terrace High School, the team headed back to brainstorm ideas and strategy. They first started with explaining the game, with the members asking the rules committee for clarifications with the rules. The rest of the day was spent brainstorming strategy so the team could start brainstorming ideas for the design of the actual robot as soon as possible. This  event helped the team bond and get focused on the new competition and marked the beginning of six weeks of hard work.