FRC "Ask an Expert" Conference Calls (Hosted by Senior Mentors)

2013-2014 Call Schedule

Update Sept. 12, 2013:  Ask an Expert information and recording have moved. New links provided below.

Ask an Expert Schedule and Details: http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/fsm_training_calls.

Ask An Expert Calls will also be posted to the FRC Calendar.

Questions can be directed to Hannah Foust, FRC Program Coordinator.  Thank You!


2012 - 2013 Call Schedule

Dial in toll free: 1-866-951-1151; Conference Room: 9533018

Note: Agendas are available on this site as soon as they are ready. Recordings are linked after the call occurs.

Date/Time

Title

Description

Expert/Host

9/5/2012

5:00-6:00pm ET

Choosing a FRC Competition

Tips and suggestions for successful travel; resources for Rookie teams; what to expect at an event.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Kathie Kentfield, FIRST Senior Mentor, CT

Host: Steve Cremer, FIRST Regional Director, NH

9/12/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

Teams in Transition from FTC to FRC

Teams in Transition from FTC to FRC: FTC affiliate partner Joe Passofaro and Senior Mentor Javier Saenz discuss the finer points of moving from FTC to FRC.l.

Powerpoint

Recording

Expert: Joe Passofaro, FIRST Tech Challenge Partner, MN

Host: Javier Saenz, FIRST Senior Mentor, TX

9/19/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

FRC Team Mentor Orientation 101

Team Organization, student recruitment, mentor recruitment, organizing your Team, teambuilding strategies, and registration information.

Agenda

Recording

Expert & Hosts: Mike Siegel, FIRST Senior Mentor, NY, and Mike Henry, FIRST Senior Mentor, TX

10/3/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

FRC Scholarship Call

Be prepared for your next move and arm yourself with valuable information on FIRST Scholarship Opportunities.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Nancy Rosenberg: FIRST Scholarship Manager

Hosts: Mike Henry, FIRST Senior Mentor, TX, & Javier Saenz, FIRST Senior Mentor, TX

10/10/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

Community Outreach for FIRST Programs (NEW!)

A discussion on how mentors can outreach to the community to promote the programs and how being involved with Jr. FLL, FLL and FRC will benefit students.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Steve Cremer, FIRST Regional Director, NH (FRC)

Expert: Kathleen Levine, Jr. FIRST Lego League

Expert: Kim Wierman, FIRST Lego League Program Manager

Host: Dana Henry, FIRST Senior Mentor, MA

10/17/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET
FRC Quick Build Sessions at Kickoff (NEW!)

Why your team should attend a Kickoff that offers a Quick Build session and what it’s all about.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Collin Fultz, FRC Kit of Parts Engineer, FIRST

Host: Lia Schwinghammer, FIRST Senior Mentor, NC

10/24/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET
What Makes a FRC Team a Success?

A perspective from teams who have achieved great success in several different areas; tips; and best-practices.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Steve Cremer, FIRST Regional Director, NH

Hosts: Renee Becker, FIRST Senior Mentor, MN & Clinton Barnes, FIRST Senior Mentor, NV

11/7/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

Technical Assistance and FRC (NEW!)

Where to find technical information during the season (i.e. technical documentation; the rules and how they’re structured; blog; website; competition manual; Team Email blasts etc.).

Agenda

Expert: FRC Engineer – To Be Assigned

Host: Clinton Barnes, FIRST Senior Mentor, NV & Nate Knauss, FIRST Senior Mentor, NJ/Philadelphia

11/14/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

Control System/Driver’s Station & Beta Test Observations for FRC Teams

Description of the control system and driver’s station and discussion on the Beta-Test.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Kevin O'Connor, FRC Engineer, FIRST

Host: Keith Hall, FIRST Senior Mentor, IN

11/28/2012

7:00-8:00pm ET

FRC Foundational Program (NEW!)

Joe will discuss his team and how he ensures participation in the progression of programs (FLL, FTC, & FRC) that FIRST offers.

Agenda

Expert: Joe Passofaro (FTC)

Host: Renee Becker, FIRST Senior Mentor, MN

12/5/2012

7:00 - 8:00pm ET

FRC Robot Transportation

What Bag & Tag means for teams, plus information on Shipping Exemptions under the FedEx grant.

Agenda

Expert: Carla Proulx, FRC Logistics Manager

Host: Teri Bernart, FIRST Senior Mentor, CA

2/6/2013

7:00-8:00pm ET

Getting Ready for Your FRC Competition

Helpful tips for Rookie teams to prepare for their first event and tips for veteran teams.

Agenda

Recording

Expert: Kathie Kentfield, FIRST Senior Mentor, CT

Host: Ron Borden, FIRST Senior Mentor, NY


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