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

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

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

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!

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 .

SMU Classroom Robotics for Teachers Grades 4-8

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

This one week training provides an introduction to using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System in a classroom setting or on a FIRST LEGO League team. Participants will learn the basics of EV3 programming and building. They will receive curriculum materials to use in the classroom and be introduced to strategies for running and managing a robotics team.

Cost: $600

Dates: July 10th – 14th, 9am – 4pm

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

SMU Advanced Robotics (FTC) Program for High School Students

June 26 @ 9:00am - June 30 @ 4:00pm, SMU Lyle Engineering Camp

The Advanced Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge) Program is for rising high school students in grades 9th through 12th. During this week-long camp participants will work in pairs and learn how to build a competitive robot, a more complex ,and robust robot than LEGO robots. They will also learn to program their robot, both autonomously and with remote controls, and use their knowledge to complete different tasks and challenges with the robots. This camp will provide the basics of robot building and programming for students planning to compete in UIL sanctioned robotics competitions. Particiapants will learn basic physics concepts of work, energy, power, force and velocity. This camp also fulfills requirements for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge and the Robotics Girl Scout Badge.

Cost: $550

Dates: June 26th- 30th, 9am – 4pm

Eligibility: Camp is open to all girls and boys who will be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in the Fall 2017.

 

Register at http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Institutes/CaruthInstitute/K-12Programs/EngineeringCamp/Apply11-12Camp .

SMU Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program

July 31 @ 9:00am - August 5 @ 4:00pm, SMU Lyle Engineering Camp

The Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program is for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This week-long camp is an introduction to robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System (for more information on the competition please see the FIRST website. This program is intended to prepare students to successfully compete in the FIRST LEGO League Competition in the Fall 2017 season. Participants will be able to build and program a robot to do tasks on the new field, develop a sense of what it’s like being on a FLL team, and provide a head start for the upcoming season. This camp will cover information and activities required for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge and Girl Scout Robotics Merit Badge.

Cost: $375

Dates: July 31st – August 4th, 9am – 4pm

Eligibility: Camp is open to all girls and boys who will be entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in the Fall 2017.

Register at http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Institutes/CaruthInstitute/K-12Programs/EngineeringCamp/Apply7-10Camp .