FLL 2017 Kickoff / Team Dynamics Clinic (FCA)

September 16 @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Fellowship Christian Academy

 

This event is intended for coaches and mentors only.  Please pre-register for the event.

Presented by the Perot Museum and Fellowship Christian Academy   This kickoff provides an introduction for coaches to the FLL® season followed by an informative clinic and discussion on team dynamics and what to expect as a coach or mentor.

The kickoff event is free of charge, but we ask that participants pre-register for the event so that we can communicate event details directly and have an estimate of attendance size.

What are the Kickoffs?

  • These are introductory meetings/presentations where we go over many things you’ll need to know about participating in FLL this season.
  • Generally there are at least two Kickoff sessions each season (one at UTD and one at FCA).  Each coach/mentor only needs to go to one, and it doesn’t matter which one.  Rookie and veteran coaches are welcome at both events.
  • These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for new coaches/mentors.
  • We will go over exactly how the events and competitions run (rules, policies, what to expect), and there will be Robot Game tables and fields set up with experts there to explain the Robot Game missions and rules.
  • It’s a great opportunity to meet the North Texas FLL community, get your questions answered in person, and figure out exactly what will be happening for us this season.

FLL 2017 Kickoff / Team Dynamics Clinic (Plano)

September 9 @ 1:30pm - 4:30pm, Williams High School

 

This event is intended for coaches and mentors only.  Please pre-register for the event.

We are having a Kickoff and Team Dynamics clinic on Saturday, September 9, at Williams High School in Plano 1:30pm-4:30pm.

The kickoff event is free of charge, but we ask that participants pre-register for the event so that we can communicate event details directly and have an estimate of attendance size.

What are the Kickoffs?

  • These are introductory meetings/presentations where we go over many things you’ll need to know about participating in FLL this season.
  • Generally there are at least two Kickoff sessions each season (one at or near UTD and one at FCA).  Each coach/mentor only needs to go to one, and it doesn’t matter which one.  Rookie and veteran coaches are welcome at both events.
  • These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for new coaches/mentors.
  • We will go over exactly how the events and competitions run (rules, policies, what to expect), and there will be Robot Game tables and fields set up with experts there to explain the Robot Game missions and rules.
  • It’s a great opportunity to meet the North Texas FLL community, get your questions answered in person, and figure out exactly what will be happening for us this season.

 

For more information about the event, please contact Patrick Michaud at <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu> .

FTC 2017 Season Kickoff and Workshop (Plano)

September 9 @ 9:30am - 12:30pm, Williams High School

Kickoff registration: (Link TBA)

(Note:  This workshop was originally scheduled to be held at the UT-Dallas campus in Richardson, but has now moved to Williams High School in Plano instead.)


This season the North Texas Region will be holding an official Kickoff and Workshop event on September 9th from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Williams High School in Plano.  The purpose of the kickoff is meet other teams and provide an overview of the FTC 2017-2018 “Relic Recovery” season for North Texas.  The kickoff event is free of charge, but because space for the event may be limited, we’re asking coaches/teams to pre-register for the event (link coming soon).

Overview: Doors will open at 9:00am.  The kickoff will begin at 9:30am with a review and overview of the upcoming FTC season, including tournament structure, league play, and robot tips. At 11:00 CDT (12:00 EDT) we will watch the official game reveal video and unveil a full, official field setup complete with game elements. This will give teams an opportunity to see, feel, and touch the game to get a head start on the season. After the field reveal we will then provide an review of the rules in Game Manual Part II and answer any initial questions teams have about the upcoming challenge and how to get started.

Location and Parking: The kickoff will be held in the Auditorium of Williams High School in Plano.  Map and directions are below.

Agenda/Topics:  League play and qualifying tournament details; common robot building systems; Android and REV Robotics control platform overview; updates, upgrades, and changes from previous sesons; resources for new teams; grants; game reveal; review of 2017 game scoring and rules; practice fields and scrimmages; questions and answers.

Anderson Powerpoles:  We will also have stations, equipment, and people on hand to help teams convert batteries and wires to use Anderson Powerpole connectors.

Battery checks: If you have any older batteries, charge them up and bring them with you, as we will also be providing “battery health checks”. These are the same checks that are performed at the World Championship, they let teams know in advance which batteries are having difficulty supplying power or holding a charge.

Again, please pre-register for the event so we can keep track of space requirements.

If you have any further questions, please contact Patrick Michaud at <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the kickoff and throughout the upcoming season!

2017 FLYSET FTC Workshop

August 26 @ 9:00am - 5:00pm

2017 FLYSET FTC and PTC+FIRST Workshop

8/26/2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: TBD (Frisco/Plano Area)

Morning: FTC workshop sessions
Afternoon: PTC+FIRST workshop, Velocity Vortex field is open

TechnicBots (FTC team #8565) is pleased to announce a combined FTC workshop and PTC+FIRST workshop on 8/26/2017. As a semifinalist captain team at the Houston World Championship for Velocity Vortex, we would like to share our lessons from the season and the results of our summer work based on the season reflections to get ready for the new season.

In addition, we are also inviting other FTC teams to share their experiences at the workshop. When you register, please indicate if you plan to present and if so, your sessions title. We can accommodate either longer sessions (30 min) or shorter ones (15 min). It’s a great way to improve and grow when we reflect and share.

During the sessions, we are planning to present Demo Robots built from different kits (including Tetrix, Actobotics, Rev Robotics, Modern Robotics), with various shooting mechanisms and harvesting mechanisms, and a navigation robot based on the computer vision. We will present a comparison these mechanisms, and also present the computer vision coding details along with our robot evolution through the season. And, as a send-off to the 2016-2017 Velocity Vortex season, we will setup the field for teams to have fun driving on.

For the PTC+FIRST workshop portion, TechnicBots will guide participants through several exercises from PTC’s “How to Model Almost Anything” curriculum, where participants will learn how to do basic building in CAD and some advanced concepts such as 3D part building and basic simulation.

REV Robotics Representative will be on site to demo their products, including the Expansion Hub as the official controller for the new season 2017-2018. 

Please register your team here (one registration per team)

If you have any questions or want to change something about your registration, please email us at info@flyset.org .

UTD Summer FLL Coaches Training Workshops

August 7 @ 9:00am - August 10 @ 12:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Calling all FIRST LEGO League coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance.

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four morning sessions during the weeks of June 26-29 and August 7-10; each session will cost $30 (thus $120 to attend all four sessions).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the sessions.  Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Specific session topics for the FLL workshops include:

Day 1: Intro to FLL and Robot Build (9a-noon)
– Introduction to FLL and season overview
– LEGO Mindstorms components
– Basic robot building concepts
– Assemble and test prototype robot

Day 2: Beginning FLL Programming (9a-noon)
– Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
– Robot navigation concepts
– Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
– Creating “My Blocks”

Day 3: Chassis, Attachments, Programming (9a-noon)
– Review common game challenges
– Intermediate robot building principles
– Techniques for more competitive robots
– Common attachment types and features
– Intermediate programming: My Blocks, loop and sensor blocks, gyro-based navigation

Day 4: Programming and Tournament Prep (9a-noon)
– Programming: line following, testing
– Tournament overview
– Tips for improving success in Core Values, Project, and Robot Design judging

To sign up for these workshops, please visit the UTD FIRST Robotics storefront at https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=135, then select one of the available “FLL Coaches Training Workshops”.  Again, space is limited and registration will be generally first-come first-served.

For more information regarding the workshops, please email <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.  We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

UTD Summer FLL Coaches Training Workshops

June 26 @ 9:00am - June 29 @ 12:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Presentation materials:

Calling all FIRST LEGO League coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance.

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four morning sessions during the weeks of June 26-29 and August 7-10; each session will cost $30 (thus $120 to attend all four sessions).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the sessions.  Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Specific session topics for the FLL workshops include:

Day 1: Intro to FLL and Robot Build (9a-noon)
– Introduction to FLL and season overview
– LEGO Mindstorms components
– Basic robot building concepts
– Assemble and test prototype robot

Day 2: Beginning FLL Programming (9a-noon)
– Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
– Robot navigation concepts
– Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
– Creating “My Blocks”

Day 3: Chassis, Attachments, Programming (9a-noon)
– Review common game challenges
– Intermediate robot building principles
– Techniques for more competitive robots
– Common attachment types and features
– Intermediate programming: My Blocks, loop and sensor blocks, gyro-based navigation

Day 4: Programming and Tournament Prep (9a-noon)
– Programming: line following, testing
– Tournament overview
– Tips for improving success in Core Values, Project, and Robot Design judging

To sign up for these workshops, please visit the UTD FIRST Robotics storefront at https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=135, then select one of the available “FLL Coaches Training Workshops”.  Again, space is limited and registration will be generally first-come first-served.

For more information regarding the workshops, please email <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.  We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

UTD Summer FTC Coaches Training Workshops

August 7 @ 9:00am - August 10 @ 12:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Presentations:


 

Calling all FIRSTaTech Challenge coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance.

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming FIRST Tech Challenge Robots, including the new REV Robotics Expansion Hub controller and sensors.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four afternoon sessions during the weeks of June 26-29 and August 7-10; each session will cost $30 (thus $120 to attend all four sessions).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the workshops.  Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Day 1: Intro to FTC and robot construction (1p-4:30p)
– Introduction to FTC and season overview
– Basic components of the TETRIX robotics kit
– Key robot mechanical principles
– Hands-on build of a simple competition robot

Day 2: Beginning Programming for FTC (1p-4:30p)
– Introduction to control system components (REV Robotics)
– Android Studio / FTC application environment
– Basic gamepad programming for navigation
– Arm and servo programming
– Touch sensors

Day 3: Intermediate programming and competition prep (1p-4:30p)
– FTC competition: robot game, awards
– Engineering notebooks
– Other building systems, materials, and tools
– Autonomous mode programming
– Motor encoders

Day 4: Programming and building for success (1p-4:30p)
– Basic game, robot design, and alliance strategies
– (Un)Successful robot designs and devices
– Principles of leverage, gears, center of gravity
– Color sensing
– Gyro/IMU sensors
– Driver automation

To sign up for these workshops, please visit the UTD FIRST Robotics storefront at https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=135, then
select one of the available “FTC Coaches Training Workshops”.  Again, space is limited and registration will be generally first-come first-served.

For more information regarding the workshops, please email <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.  We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

UTD Summer FTC Coaches Training Workshops

June 26 @ 1:00pm - June 29 @ 4:30pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Presentation materials:

See also the August episode of this workshop for updated slides and build instructions from that workshop.


 

Calling all FIRST Tech Challenge coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance.

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming FIRST Tech Challenge Robots, including the new REV Robotics Expansion Hub controller and sensors.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four afternoon sessions during the weeks of June 26-29 and August 7-10; each session will cost $30 (thus $120 to attend all four sessions).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the workshops.  Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Day 1: Intro to FTC and robot construction (1p-4:30p)
– Introduction to FTC and season overview
– Basic components of the TETRIX robotics kit
– Key robot mechanical principles
– Hands-on build of a simple competition robot

Day 2: Beginning Programming for FTC (1p-4:30p)
– Introduction to control system components (REV Robotics)
– Android Studio / FTC application environment
– Basic gamepad programming for navigation
– Arm and servo programming
– Touch sensors

Day 3: Intermediate programming and competition prep (1p-4:30p)
– FTC competition: robot game, awards
– Engineering notebooks
– Other building systems, materials, and tools
– Autonomous mode programming
– Motor encoders

Day 4: Programming and building for success (1p-4:30p)
– Basic game, robot design, and alliance strategies
– (Un)Successful robot designs and devices
– Principles of leverage, gears, center of gravity
– Color sensing
– Gyro/IMU sensors
– Driver automation

For more information regarding the workshops, please email <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.  We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

SMU UIL Robotics Training FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

July 10 @ 9:00am - July 14 @ 4:00pm, SMU Lyle Engineering Camp

Robotics is now an UIL activity! During this one week training you will learn about the fundamentals of coaching a robotics team in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Teachers and coaches will learn how to organize your team, understand project management for the season, implement the most effective ways to build and program a robot. We cannot promise you a winning team, but we will promise you will learn a lot in this training that will make you a better coach and give your team a leg up on the competition.

Cost: $600

Dates: July 10th – 14th, 9am – 4pm

Register at http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Institutes/CaruthInstitute/K-12Programs/EngineeringCamp/Teacher-Professional-Development .