Getting The Ball Rolling is a quest given by Apex Scientist Elliott in the Tech Lab after completing Rounding Up The Components.
After accepting the quest speaking to Elliott again will give the option to teleport to a tech challenge course. In this course the distortion sphere tech is automatically enabled, which allows the player to become a small sphere. Players must carefully use this new tech to reach the end of the course. Along the way there will be a variety of obstacles and traps, but there's no mortal danger inside the course.
At the end of the course is a teleporter back to the outpost. Once back there the distortion sphere tech will be available for use, as well as a variety of available upgrades for it at the console in the tech lab.