Gear Up with FTC!

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The FIRST Tech Challenge Virtual Summer Conference: Gear Up with FTC!

The FIRST Tech Challenge Virtual Summer Conference brings together FTC mentors, coaches, teams with experts, vendors, and sponsors. Gear Up with FTC goes beyond the robot basics to the bigger picture. It connects experts and teams from around the world. It helps FTC mentors, coaches, and teams take their skills to the next level.

Missed the 2014 live broadcast? No worries!

All the videos can be watched via the FIRST Tech Challenge YouTube Channel Gear Up with FTC! 2014 Virtual Summer Conference playlist. Presentation details and materials are listed and accessible below (all links are in blue):

EST Time Zone

Wednesday, July 23

Presentation Description

Presentation Materials

3:00 – 3:45pm

Creating Shared Value with FIRST Robotics

Kari Karwedsky, Global K12 Academic Sr. Program Manager, PTC

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FIRST is the cornerstone of our Shared Value program creating value through investment in tomorrow’s global workforce of engineers, which will help our customers achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. Learn more about Shared Value and how PTC invests to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Creating Shared Value with FIRST Robotics PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

PTC's Engineer of the Future Program video link

4:00 – 4:45pm

Team Organization and International Connections

The Bears, Mexico

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For rookies and experienced teams alike, team organization can be troubling throughout the season, which is why Bears (team 3141) will give us suggestions on how to effectively structure and run a team. Team areas, work load distribution, teams in tournament days, as well as the role of the school, the sponsors, the coaches, and the families are among the topics to be discussed. As every day we live in a more globalized world, we will as well talk about the importance international collaboration, and the crucial strategies to develop international connections which allow said collaboration.

Team Organization and International Connections PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

5:00 – 5:45pm

HiTechnic SuperPro Prototyping Board

Ernest Gu, Kieran Losh, Ian Culhane, Team #6424 ‘Oly Cow, Olympia, WA

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With only 4 sensor ports to work with, and sensor multiplexers costing $50+, have you ever considered using a SuperPro prototyping board? For under $100, take a look at how to expand your available sensor ports to (practically) infinity, and learn more electronics/programming skills than you ever imagined! This presentation is also jam-packed with tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid.

 

6:00 – 6:45pm

Advanced ROBOTC

Timothy Friez, Senior Software Engineer, ROBOTC

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In this session, FTC participants will learn more about advanced concepts in using ROBOTC such as understanding more about the Debugger, using 3rd Party Sensors, and coding practices to make your team more efficient and productive to develop reliable competition code.

Advanced ROBOTC PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Multitasking Demo (ROBOTC File)

 

 

EST Time Zone

Thursday, July 24

Presentation Description

Presentation Materials

2:00 – 3:50pm

Materials for Enhancing Creative Robot Design

The Gearticks, Team #6055 Gearticks, Lincoln, MA

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Take advantage of the newly allowed robot materials to improve the design and performance of your robot. Learn about latex tubing, pulleys, non-Tetrix gears, 80/20 aluminum extrusions, spring steel, 3D printed parts, UHMW PE, aluminum stock extrusions, and polycarbonate (Lexan). Hear about advantages, drawbacks, and how the Gearticks have used these materials on their robots.

Materials for Enhancing Creative Robot Design PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

3:00 – 3:45pm

Gearing Up Mad Interview Skills

Dr. Gigi Johnson, Executive Director, Maremel Institute, CA

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Team judging interviews can be a mystery for rookie teams -- and for many experienced teams and mentors as well! We'll share stories of good and challenging judging interviews and cover 5 steps to improving your team interview skills. Gigi Johnson, EdD, has both judged and coached FTC teams in the Los Angeles area and with humor and insight is glad to share ideas on gearing up your team judging interview skills.

Gearing Up Mad Interview Skills PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

4:00 – 4:45pm

Advanced LabView

Katie Johnson, Team Member, #3595 Schrödinger's Hat, AK, and Hunter Smith, K-12 Engineering Specialist, National Instruments

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Ready to gear up your autonomous programming in LabVIEW? Come learn how to move beyond the basics using gyro sensors, state machines, and other advanced techniques from a Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer/FTC team member.

Advanced LabView PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

5:00 – 6:00pm

Robot Wiring Troubleshooting

Colleen Johnson, Team Member, #3595 Schrödinger's Hat, AK, Evan Hochstein, FIRST Senior Mentor, MN, and Colton Mehlhoff, HiTechnic

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Learn how to overcome common electrical problems on FTC bots. This presentation shows how to use wire management, ferrules, Anderson PowerPoles, and other wiring techniques to increase your robot's reliability on the playing field.

Robot Wiring Troubleshooting PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

6:15 – 7:15pm

How FTC Relates to Engineering at Rockwell Collins

Ross Wilcoxon, Principle Mechanical Engineer, Jerry Sheehy, Senior Marketing Manager, Craig Martinson, Senior Electronics Tecnician, David Lempia, Principle Systems Engineer, Adriana D’Onofrio, Senior Community Relations Specialist, Rockwell Collins

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Did you know that as a member of an FTC team you are performing a lot of the same tasks/processes as a Rockwell Collins engineer? Attend this session to discuss how FTC is preparing you for a career in engineering. Ask Rockwell Collins employees career advice and what they look for when hiring interns and college graduates.

How FTC Relates to Engineering at Rockwell Collins PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)