Hedrick (Lewisville) FTC Autonomous Programming Workshop

June 24 @ 9:00am - June 27 @ 12:00pm, Lewisville High School

Cost: $120, register at UTD Marketplace.

Team 11563 Hedrick Garage and The University of Texas at Dallas are pleased to announce a “FTC Autonomous Programming Workshop” to be held June 24-27 at Lewisville High School in Lewisville. This hands-on workshop will be for FTC coaches, mentors, and team members who want to learn advanced techniques for scoring during the autonomous period.

The cost for the workshop will be $120 per participant.  The workshop will be held as four morning sessions (9a-12n) on June 24-27 at Lewisville High School in Lewisville. We will provide robots, controllers, laptops, and other equipment needed for the workshop; you provide enthusiasm and Gracious Professionalism. Sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, as well as several other mentors and experts in the region and from 11563 Hedrick Garage.

Note that this is a programming-focused workshop and space is limited. We ask that team member registrations be limited to those who are expecting to be robot programmers in the upcoming season. Coaches and mentors are welcome and encouraged to sign up for this workshop as well.

The first (Monday) session will have a short introduction/refresher on basic FTC programming, but we are looking to progress fairly rapidly to some of the more advanced and useful topics for autonomous mode programming. A partial list of topics we are looking to cover:

– Installing FTC apps onto controllers
– Introduction to OnBot Java
– Autonomous navigation with encoders
– Autonomous navigation using IMU (gyro)
– Program organization / reusable code
– Finding/navigating to game elements and objects using TensorFlow
– Determining robot location using Vuforia
– Field-based navigation (line following, wall following, distance sensors)
– Driver presets, limit switches
– Gamepad programming
– Color sensing
– Other sensors (wall sensors, pressure pads)
– Holonomic drive systems (omniwheels, mecanum drives)*
– Control Hub basics*
– Sensor self-tests

(* Depending on attendance / equipment availability)

Registration for the workshop is $120. For more information, email patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu.

Space for the workshops is limited and registration is required to attend.

2019 BEST Robotics Teacher and Mentor Workshop

July 29 @ 12:00pm - August 2 @ 1:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED: ​ Workshop tuition, lunches, snacks and drinks, and an evening mixer so you can get to know your fellow BEST coaches.​  Plus you get to play with a mini-BEST robot!
  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Teachers, coaches, and mentors of BEST Robotics teams​.  While geared towards new(er) BEST teachers, even veterans will gain tips and valuable experience.  You must be at least 18 years of age to attend this workshop.
  • WHEN: Choose your session — July 15-19 or July 29-Aug 2. Each workshop starts on Monday at lunch and runs through Friday at lunch, allowing travel time on Monday morning and Friday afternoon.  Workshop size limited to 24 participants per session.  We will maintain a waitlist in case a cancellation opens up a spot.
  • COST: Tuition $1000 per person.

On campus dormitory housing is also available for $250 (up to seven nights).

For more details and registration, see the Best of Texas Robotics site at https://www.bestoftexasrobotics.org/workshops.html .

2019 BEST Robotics Teacher and Mentor Workshop

July 15 @ 12:00pm - July 19 @ 1:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED: ​ Workshop tuition, lunches, snacks and drinks, and an evening mixer so you can get to know your fellow BEST coaches.​  Plus you get to play with a mini-BEST robot!
  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Teachers, coaches, and mentors of BEST Robotics teams​.  While geared towards new(er) BEST teachers, even veterans will gain tips and valuable experience.  You must be at least 18 years of age to attend this workshop.
  • WHEN: Choose your session — July 15-19 or July 29-Aug 2. Each workshop starts on Monday at lunch and runs through Friday at lunch, allowing travel time on Monday morning and Friday afternoon.  Workshop size limited to 24 participants per session.  We will maintain a waitlist in case a cancellation opens up a spot.
  • COST: Tuition $1000 per person.

On campus dormitory housing is also available for $250 (up to seven nights).

For more details and registration, see the Best of Texas Robotics site at https://www.bestoftexasrobotics.org/workshops.html .

UTD FLL Coaches Training Workshop

September 10 @ 9:00am - September 11 @ 4:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Presentation Slides:
Session 1 – Intro and Robot Build
Session 2 – Beginning Programming
Session 3a – Strategy, Chassis, Attachments
Session 3b / 4 – Intermediate Programming


This workshop is for coaches/mentors (adults) ONLY.
Cost:  $30/session, register at UTD Marketplace

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 half-day sessions on September 20-21; 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.  (Lunch is not provided, but there are many on-campus options for lunch, and we have refrigerator/microwave for those who wish to bring lunch.)

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:

Sep 10 (9a-noon): Intro to FLL and Robot Build
– Introduction to FLL and season overview
– LEGO Mindstorms components
– Basic robot building concepts
– Assemble and test prototype robot

Sep 10 (1p-4p): Beginning FLL Programming
– Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
– Robot navigation concepts
– Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
– Creating “My Blocks”

Sep 11 (9a-noon): Chassis, Attachments, Programming
– 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

Sep 11 (1p-4p): Programming and Tournament Prep
– 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 FLL Coaches Training Workshop

July 22 @ 9:00am - July 23 @ 4:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

Presentation Slides:
Session 1 – Intro and Robot Build
Session 2 – Beginning Programming
Session 3a – Strategy, Chassis, Attachments
Session 3b / 4 – Intermediate Programming


This workshop is for coaches/mentors (adults) ONLY.
Cost:  $30/session, register at UTD Marketplace

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 half-day sessions on September 20-21; 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.  (Lunch is not provided, but there are many on-campus options for lunch, and we have refrigerator/microwave for those who wish to bring lunch.)

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:

Jul 22 (9a-noon): Intro to FLL and Robot Build
– Introduction to FLL and season overview
– LEGO Mindstorms components
– Basic robot building concepts
– Assemble and test prototype robot

Jul 22 (1p-4p): Beginning FLL Programming
– Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
– Robot navigation concepts
– Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
– Creating “My Blocks”

Jul 23 (9a-noon): Chassis, Attachments, Programming
– 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

Jul 23 (1p-4p): Programming and Tournament Prep
– 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 FTC Coaches Training Workshop

September 17 @ 9:00am - September 18 @ 4:30pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

This clinic is intended for coaches/mentors (adults) ONLY.
Cost:  $30/session, register at UTD Marketplace.

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

UT-Dallas is offering a 2-day training workshop 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, North Texas FTC Affiliate Partner and renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four half-day sessions on September 17 and 18.  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.  (Lunch is not provided, but there are many on-campus options for lunch, and we have refrigerator/microwave for those who wish to bring lunch.)

Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Sep 17 (9a-12n): Intro to FTC and robot construction
– Introduction to FTC and season overview
– Basic components of the REV robotics kit
– Key robot mechanical principles
– Hands-on build of a simple competition robot

Sep 17 (1p-4:30p): Beginning Programming for FTC
– Introduction to control system components (REV Robotics)
– OnBot Java programming environment
– Basic gamepad programming for navigation
– Arm and servo programming
– Touch sensors

Sep 18 (9a-12n): Intermediate programming and competition prep
– FTC competition: robot game, awards
– Engineering notebooks
– Other building systems, materials, and tools
– Autonomous mode programming
– Motor encoders

Sep 18 (1p-4:30p): Programming and building for success
– 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

Registration is available via the UTD Marketplace at https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=135.  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 FTC Coaches Training Workshop

July 24 @ 9:00am - July 25 @ 4:30pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

This clinic is intended for coaches/mentors (adults) ONLY.
Cost:  $30/session, register at UTD Marketplace.

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

UT-Dallas is offering a 2-day training workshop 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, North Texas FTC Affiliate Partner and renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of four half-day sessions on July 24 and 25  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.  (Lunch is not provided, but there are many on-campus options for lunch, and we have refrigerator/microwave for those who wish to bring lunch.)

Space is limited and registration is required — registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

July 24 (9a-12n): Intro to FTC and robot construction
– Introduction to FTC and season overview
– Basic components of the REV robotics kit
– Key robot mechanical principles
– Hands-on build of a simple competition robot

July 24 (1p-4:30p): Beginning Programming for FTC
– Introduction to control system components (REV Robotics)
– OnBot Java programming environment
– Basic gamepad programming for navigation
– Arm and servo programming
– Touch sensors

July 25 (9a-12n): Intermediate programming and competition prep
– FTC competition: robot game, awards
– Engineering notebooks
– Other building systems, materials, and tools
– Autonomous mode programming
– Motor encoders

July 25 (1p-4:30p): Programming and building for success
– 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

Registration is available via the UTD Marketplace at https://ezpay.utdallas.edu/C20239_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=135.  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!

The Mound Showdown

March 2 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm, Flower Mound High School

Mound Showdown FTC offseason scrimmage

March 2

9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Cost $25.00

20 teams  5-7 matches.

 

Location: Flower Mound High School Cafeteria.

3411 Peters Colony Rd, Flower Mound, TX 75022

(Entrance at Old Settlers @ Heatfield)

However, if you cannot find that, come through main entrance.    

Contact Guido Climer to register or inquiries.

North Texas FTC Regional Championship

February 23, Wylie East High School

Thank you to our event sponsors!

 

The Regional FTC Championship for North Texas will be held on February 23, 2019, at Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas. Forty-eight teams will be competing for awards and a chance to attend the FTC World Championship in Houston, Texas in April 2019.

Volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers for this huge event!  Apply to volunteer at https://my.firstinspires.org/Volunteers/Wizard/Search/2?EventId=39848 , or see the Volunteer page for more information about the available volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

Teams invited to the Regional Championship

(52 teams as of 2019-02-06)
127 FIGHTING PICKLES, Ben Barber Innovation Academy, Mansfield
3734 Imperial Robotics, School of Science and Engineering, Dallas
5970 The Ambassadors, Bethesda Christian School, Fort Worth
6566 Circuit Breakers, Aledo High School, Aledo
6832 Iron Reign, School of Science and Engineering, Dallas
*7172 Technical Difficulties, Technical Difficulties, Plano
8114 Fighting Farmers, Lewisville High School, Lewisville
8130 Lamar Vikings, Lamar High School / AISD, Arlington
8291 Bulldog Robotics, Trimble Tech HS, Fort Worth
8406 Filthy Horde, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists, Community Team, Plano
8514 BA GREEN: Robotonics, Bryan Adams Leadership Academy, Dallas
8565 Technicbots, FLYSET.org, PLANO
8626 PROTOSURGE, UME PREPARATORY ACADEMY, DALLAS
8811 RoboBison Amistad, Sunset HS, Dallas
9045 Motorhead, Greenhill School, Addison
9054 Viridian, Greenhill School, Addison
9386 Elmer and Elsie Robotics, Frisco HIS, Frisco
9402 CyberSwarm, Henderson Junior High, Stephenville
9511 Low Voltage, Harmony Science Academy – Carrollton, Carrollton
11085 Mad Hackers, Mansfield HS, Mansfield
11341 ViBoTs, Vines High School, Plano
11366 The Smarty Party, Hendrick Middle School, Plano
11425 Murphy Maverick Robotics, Plano ISD, Murphy
11472 Rice Ravenclaw, Rice MS, Plano
11563 Hedrick Garage, Hedrick Middle School, Lewisville
11676 Lexan Pixies, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
12503 POPBOTICS!, Prince of Peace Christian School, Plano
12645 Ferris Robotics: Nimbus, Ferris HS, Ferris
12764 RoboVikings, Vanston Middle School, Mesquite
12919 TechnoWarriors, Community Team, IRVING
12926 Panther Robotics, Plano East Senior High School, Plano
12929 Electric Lions, McMillen High School/ Plano ISD, Murphy
12973 Reicher Robotics, Reicher Catholic HS, Waco
12977 Rust In Peace, Plano West Senior High School, Plano
13053 Vanguard Bezerkos, Vanguard College Prep, Waco
13075 Coram Deo Robotics, Coram Deo Academy, Flower Mound
13213 Psi Fighters, Plano and Frisco, Frisco
13227 Mechanicats, Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas
13472 The Dork Side, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Fort Worth
13542 RoboChargers – Typhoon, Conrad HS, Dallas
13552 RoboChargers – Terremoto, Conrad HS, Dallas
13850 The Odyssey, Wylie East HS, Wylie
14307 Rock it on mars, Nelson Middle School, Frisco
14524 PESH Bots, Plano East Senior High School, Plano
14786 Desert Camels, FMHS Tech Club, Flower Mound
14904 Bionicles AKA Lakehill Robotics, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas
14962 Robo-Sapiens, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
15204 Dork Side II, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Fort Worth
15375 Iron Star, School of Science and Engineering, Dallas
15414 IHS Voyagers, Independence High School, Frisco
15594 Shenanigans, Midway HS, Wooday

* Already advanced from the FTC Arkansas State Championship to the FTC World Championship in Houston

Quick notes

– REMEMBER: Gracious Professionalism (remind your teams!)
– REQUIRED: Arrange payment of team’s registration fees
– REQUIRED: Remember your team roster, consent/release forms for additional members
– REQUIRED: Bring safety glasses for everyone in pit areas and competition area
– REQUIRED: Engineering notebook
– REQUIRED: Robot (and batteries, controllers, etc.)
– RECOMMENDED: Self-inspect robots prior to Saturday (see forms)

Tournament notes

Overall, keep in mind that this is a championship-level tournament which means that teams will be performing at a higher-level throughout the day and potentially at a faster pace than qualifying tournaments. We expect teams to know where they should be and when, to proactively and promptly appear for judging, robot inspection, and matches so as to keep things moving smoothly, and to exhibit Gracious Professionalism throughout the entire event with other teams, volunteers, event officials, and spectators.

Our previous message to teams contained specific notes regarding robots and inspection — be sure to review and address any issues prior to arriving on Saturday. We never like to have a robot fail inspection, but the size and time constraints of this event means we may not have as much flexibility to “hold” inspections open as is sometimes done at earlier-season events.

With respect to judging, we encourage all teams to re-review the Award Descriptions in Game Manual Part I, section 10 — especially those bolded sections regarding the required elements of the Engineering Notebook (section 10.2.4). Judges will be following these requirements closely, and will be looking for clear examples of Engineering Design Process via the Notebook.

Also, a note for veteran teams: Note that the distinctions between Connect and Motivate are now better delineated than in previous seasons. Some activities that teams have previously identified as applying towards the Connect Award are now more closely aligned with the Motivate Award. The judges have also asked us to advise teams with multi-year or multi-team coordinated efforts to clearly differentiate the work of this year’s team from past team efforts or those of partner teams.

For robot and field inspection, robot inspection is likely to be more rigorous than what you may have experienced at a qualifier. Robots that are unable to pass inspection by the end of the inspection period will be unable to participate in qualification matches. And the fact that an inspector passed (or overlooked) a robot at a previous event doesn’t mean it will pass at the Championship.