Ask An Expert: Informational Calls for Teams, Mentors and Coaches

Every year, our FIRST Senior Mentors host informational calls for rookie and veteran teams, mentors and coaches. These are invaluable for those who are new to FIRST and also for those who need to brush up on their skills. Typically, these calls begin in late August and continue through February of the following year, and in the end, cover roughly 25 topics, cross-program.

Here are some sample topics from previous years:

  • FLL:  Coach 101-The Robot Game-Core Values-Judging
  • FTC: Mentor 101-Samantha-Team Strategy
  • FRC: Choosing a Competition-Chairman's Award-Robot Transporation List

Please review our call schedule below for the 2013-2014 season. Recordings are posted to our site within 1-2 days after the call.

Dial: , Conference room # 9533018


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Call Schedule

Topic/Outline

Date/Time

Audio Recording

pdficon  Where Do I Start? Coach Orientation August 12, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  FLL Parents: What to Expect August 19, 2013 - 7pm ET  
pdficon  Coaching a Team August 20, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  EV3/NXT - Technical Support Process September 10, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  The Robot Game (runs 2 hours) September 12, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording (start at ~2:15)
pdficon  The Project September 17, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  Basic Programming - NXT
(right click Save As & save to desktop)
pdficon  Agenda - NXT Programming
September 18, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  Core Values/Teamwork September 19, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  Robot Design September 26, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  Basic Programming - EV3 September 30, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  Judging: A Perspective for the Coach October 22, 2013 - 7pm ET
(rescheduled)
Recording
pdficon  Preparing for an FLL Event October 24, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording
pdficon  FLL Global Innovation agenda
FLL Global Innovation ppt
November 12, 2013 - 7pm ET Recording

See also: FLL Coach Recordings


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Call Schedule

FTC Mentoring 101

Date: September 09, 2013 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Jill Wilker, FTC Affiliate Partner, Northern California
Overview: Join Jill Wilker, the Northern California FTC Affiliate Partner, as she talks through important aspects of leading your FTC Team.  This webinar is a great opportunity to learn more about the program and ask questions about mentoring your team.

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FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Call Schedule


FRC Scholarship Call

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Michelle Long, FIRST Scholarship Manager
Host: Michelle Long, FIRST Scholarship Manager
Overview: Overview of the FIRST Scholarships page; How the Scholarship Program works; Review of scholarship criteria, eligibility and how to apply; How to talk about FIRST scholarship Programs. 

*This call is a Webinar. Click on the agenda below to access the link and access code:

FRC Scholarship Agenda
Recording


FRC Mentor Orientation 101

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Mike Siegel, FIRST Senior Mentor, NY, & Mike Henry, FIRST Senior Mentor, TX
Host: Mike Siegel, FIRST Senior Mentor, NY, & Mike Henry, FIRST Senior Mentor, TX
Overview: Team Organization, student recruitment, mentor recruitment, team building strategies and registration information.

Agenda
Recording


Effective FIRST Strategies

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Regional Manager, Ontario, Canada
Host: Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Regional Manager, Ontario, Canada
Overview: Strategic Design: How to design a robot; Match Planning/Execution: effective habits and strategies of successful teams; Scouting: effective techniques to collect information on partners and opponents. 

Video Recording - YouTube


Fundraising

Date: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Renee Becker, VISTA, IN
Host: Evan Hochstein, FIRST Senior Mentor, MN
Overview: This will be an introduction to the FIRST Fundraising Tool.

Agenda

Video Recording - YouTube


Control System and Driver’s Station

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Kevin O'Connor, FRC Engineer, FIRST
Host: Kevin O'Conner, FRC Engineer, FIRST
Overview: This session will cover the FRC hardware control system components, programming language options, the 2014 driver station, software tools, and more. This is a great presentation for both Rookie and Veteran teams. Questions will be taken.

*This Ask an Expert Call will be hosted on Google Hangouts on Air.  The link to watch the video on YouTube will be posted on FRC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to start.

Agenda

Video Recording - YouTube

Robot Inspection

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7 P.M. ET
Expert:  Al Skierkiewicz, FRC Chief Robot Inspector
Host:  Hannah Foust, FRC Program Coordinator
Overview:  This session will cover what your team needs to have ready for robot inspection at event and what to do at the event.  Expert Al Skierkiewicz will also share some advice and best practices.

*This Ask an Expert Call will be hosted on Google Hangouts on Air.  The link to watch the video on YouTube will be posted on FRC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to start.

Agenda

Video Recording - YouTube


Getting Ready for Your FRC Competition

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7 P.M. ET
Expert: Nate Knauss, FRC Mentor, Team 2729
Host: Nate Knauss, FRC Mentor, Team 2729
Overview:  This session will cover how to prepare your supplies and team before leaving for the event.  It will also review how to effectively present your team to Judges and other teams, along with keeping your robot running on the field.   Recommended for Rookie or newer teams.  The recording will be posted to FRC’s YouTube account after completion.

*This Ask an Expert Call will be hosted on Google Hangouts on Air.  The link to watch the video on YouTube will be posted on FRC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts 30 minutes before the session is scheduled to start.

Agenda

Video Recording - YouTube