Blogs

Battery Connector Issue


We were alerted over the weekend to an issue with some of the battery connectors supplied in the Kickoff Kit and FIRST Choice. The wires and connectors were improperly assembled, creating the opportunity for a team to mis-wire the battery to the Power Distribution Board. Figure 1 shows properly and improperly assembled connectors, where the black cable goes into the positive position on the Anderson Power Products connector.

Team Updates, Classmate Images and Lead Robot Inspector Training


Team Updates

Team Updates will be available every Tuesday and Friday through February 14, then every Tuesday through Championship.

 

Kickoffs & Robot in 3 Days


Kickoffs

Last Saturday, a record 83 FRC Kickoffs took place simultaneously around the world.  A big thanks to our Kickoff Coordinators and all the other volunteers who made them happen!  You are fine examples of one of the greatest strengths in FIRST – our volunteers.


Robot in 3 Days

Have you seen this?  A robot built in 3 days capable of playing ULTIMATE ASCENT:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfyzbV6k02A&feature=youtu.be

Ultimate Ascent & Recommended Updates for LabView 2012


Hope everyone had a great Kickoff!  In case you missed it, here’s the password to the encrypted files: sAucersFlyRobotsClimb!


Recommended update for LabVIEW 2012

One Day to Go, FIRST Choice Maintenance and Game Piece Availability, NASA Broadcast, and More!


One Day to Go!

I hope everyone is as excited as we are here at FIRST HQ for Kickoff tomorrow.  I actually had a little trouble sleeping last night, and I already know what the game is!  (Hey – maybe I had trouble sleeping because the game is so great I can’t wait for us to reveal it!)

Driver Station Application Information

My blog yesterday contained an error.  Sorry about that.  The 2013 Driver Station Application is needed by all teams, not just those programming their robots using LabVIEW.  We have corrected the earlier post.

 

I’ll blog again soon.

Frank

Information for 2013 - the What, When, Where & How

With Kickoff only a few days away, we’re going post a good deal of information and documentation to help you hit the ground running. We recommend you download everything you need ahead of time to 1) beat the rush and help us even out the load on servers and 2) have what you need ready to go on Saturday when/where you may not have internet access.

Below is a quick summary of what will be available, when it will be available, where you can get it, and how it will be shared.

Available Now

2013 Manual Decryption Test

Want to make sure you will be able to decrypt the 2013 FRC Game Manual at the appropriate time?

Follow the instructions here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2013DecryptionTest.

The encrypted 2013 FRC Game Manual itself will be posted Wednesday, January 2nd.

 

I’ll blog again soon.

Frank

Kickoff and Transition from ‘Kickoff Workshops’ to ‘Season Workshops’

Kickoff

I hope everyone is as excited as we are here at FIRST HQ for Kickoff – only about a week away!  We’re looking forward to a great season.

Spoiler:  Nothing in this blog, including this sentence, is intended to be a game hint.

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