UTD Coaches Clinic – Beginning FLL Programming

2015-10-17 @ 9:00am - 11:30am, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

This is the first of two UTD clinics focusing on programming for FLL; see the 2015 FLL Programming Clinics page for topics to be covered and the registration form.

utd-parking-slc-3Location and Parking

This clinic will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas in room SLC 1.102.  If you attended the FLL Kickoff at UTD on Sep 26, it’s the same location.

Attendees may park in any GREEN parking spot on campus without needing a parking permit.  We recommend parking in either Lot H or the Parking Structure (PS3).  The easiest way to get to Lot H is from Waterview Pkwy on the west side of campus; once parked, follow the sidewalk just north of the Arts and Humanities building, cross Rutford Avenue, and the SLC building will be on your left.  To get to PS3, take Synergy Park Blvd on the north side of campus, then turn south onto Rutford Ave and then east onto Loop Road.

Lunch

For those people attending both the morning (Beginning) and afternoon (Advanced) programming clinics at UT-Dallas, there are a few on-campus dining options available.  See the available locations, hours, and menus.  Note that only certain on-campus locations are open on Saturdays.

You can of course go off-campus for lunch as well — the closest off-campus restaurants tend to be on Campbell Road either just west (Coit) or east (U.S. 75) of the UTD campus.

 

FIRST Tech Challenge

On this page we keep links and references to various North Texas FIRST Tech Challenge competition resources, to make them easy for us and others to locate quickly later.  Where possible we try to link directly to official pages and notifications; but we’re definitely not the official source for any of this.  If in doubt — double check the official sources!

Feel free to suggest additional links or resources that should appear here, or to let us know of errors or things that shouldn’t be here.

Join the NorthTexasFTC Google Group to receive announcements of upcoming events and to network with other coaches and teams!

The FTC hardware, tools, and tips page contains suggestions for things to have beyond the basic FTC robotics kits.

Upcoming FTC Events

Previous FTC Events – Relic Recovery Season

Aug 26, 2017 (9:00a-5:00p): 2017 FLYSET FTC Workshop
Oct 21, 2017 (10:00a-2:00p): FTC Clinic – Logistics (UME Prep), Dallas

Event results (via the Orange Alliance):

 

Previous FTC Events – Velocity Vortex Season

Aug 27, 2016 (8:00a-4:00p): PTC+FIRST Workshop for FTC Teams, Plano
Nov 19, 2016 (8:00a-5:00p): FTC Scrimmage at Hedrick Middle School
Feb 25, 2017 (8:00a-5:00p): North Texas FTC Regional Championship, Allen
May 13, 2017 (10:00a-4:00p): DPRG 22nd Roborama Competition, Carrollton

Previous FTC Events – Res-Q Season

Sep 12, 2015 (11:00a): FTC 2015 Game Reveal (online)
Sep 19, 2015 (9:00a-12:00p): FTC 2015 Season Kickoff, Dallas
Oct 10, 2015 (10:00a-2:00p): CTC Robotics Kickoff (CANCELLED), Killeen
Dec 5, 2015 (10:00a-2:00p): FTC Scrimmage, CTC
Dec 11, 2015 (6:00p-9:00p): FTC scrimmage at Greenhill School, Addison
Jan 16, 2016 (7:30a-6:00p): FTC Regional Qualifier, Wylie East HS, Wylie

Previous FTC Events – Cascade Effect Season

 

FIRST LEGO League

On this page we keep links and references to various North Texas FIRST LEGO League competition resources, to make them easy for us and others to locate quickly later.  Where possible we try to link directly to official pages and notifications; but we’re definitely not the official source for any of this.  If in doubt — double check the official sources!

Feel free to suggest additional links or resources that should appear here, or to let us know of errors or things that shouldn’t be here.

Join the NorthTexasFLL Google Group to network with other coaches and mentors!

Upcoming FLL Events

Resources

Here is a resource list for teams starting out with FIRST LEGO League.

Where do I start?

If you’re a new coach or team and you’re wondering where to start, here are some suggestions:

  1. Join the NorthTexasFLL Google Group.  This is a mailing list for coaches and organizers of FLL events in North Texas; people are encouraged to ask questions here.
  2. Attend a kickoff event and the coaches clinics offered throughout the season.  You’ll learn lots of useful tips from veteran coaches who are eager to help you get started!
  3. A good early team activity is to build the mission models for this season’s game.  This can help the team get used to working together, and they can study the mechanisms used to make the models work.
  4. You and your team definitely want to study the Challenge document to understand the competition rules and requirements.  If you have any questions, ask them at a clinic or ask on the NorthTexasFLL group.
  5. If your team is at a loss for getting started with building a robot, the “Educator Vehicle with attachments” is a reasonable place to start and get some ideas.  If you hsve an NXT set instead of EV3, Jay Jordan recommends the 3-motor chassis from nxtprograms.com .
  6. Once you have a robot, see if the team can get it to solve a couple of (easy) missions.  There are almost always one or two missions that involve pushing something very close to Base.
  7. Begin brainstorming Project topics and identifying resources and experts.  Be sure to keep track of your research and contacts!

Previous 2017 (“Hydro-Dynamics”) FLL Events

Oct 14, 2017 (9:00a-4:00p): FCA FLL Programming Clinic, Dallas
Oct 14, 2017 (10:00a-5:00p): Ft Worth FLL Programming Clinic, Benbrook
Oct 21, 2017 (9:00a-4:00p): UTD Clinics – FLL Programming, Richardson
Oct 23, 2017 (10:00a): Qualifier Registration Opens
Apr 7 (8:30a-3:30p): Robotics in the Classroom, Dallas
May 19 (9:30a-5:00p): Robot Rumble 2, Weatherford

Previous 2016 (“Animal Allies”) FLL Events

Oct 15, 2016 (9:00a-4:00p): UTD Clinics – FLL Programming, Richardson
May 6, 2017 (10:00a-2:00p): Plastic Fastener Sumo Workshop, Carrollton
May 13, 2017 (10:00a-4:00p): DPRG 22nd Roborama Competition, Carrollton

Previous FLL events

Aug 25, 2015 (11:00a): FLL 2015 Trash Trek Challenge Release
Nov 18, 2015 (5:00p): Qualifier Registration closes

 

FLL 2015 Scrimmage at Fellowship Christian Academy (FCA)

2015-11-07 @ 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Fellowship Christian Academy

As of 2015-10-05 @ 10:17am, all of the available spaces for this event have been filled.

Fellowship Christian Academy (FCA) will be hosting an FLL TRASH TREK Robot Games scrimmage on Saturday, November 7th. A maximum of 20 teams will be allowed to participate in the scrimmage. Sign-up for the scrimmage is first-come, first served. Sign-up can be done on the FCA Robotics and Engineering website, www.fcarobotics.com . The schedule for the scrimmage is as follows:
12:00pm – 5:00pm

12:00pm-12:30pm Check-in
12:30pm-4:15pm Robot Games
4:15pm-5:00pm Wrap-up and Pit Area Cleanup

Non-participating teams and other spectators are welcome to come and watch as well.

This is an unofficial FLL event hosted by Fellowship Christian Academy and is not sponsored by the Perot Museum or other FLL partners.

FCA Robotics and Engineering Club
info@fcarobotics.com
www.fcarobotics.com

UME Coaches’ Clinic – FLL Programming with Patrick Michaud

2015-10-24 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm, UME Preparatory Academy

Coaches/Mentors and a student programmer are invited to this clinic on FLL® programming with the Mindstorms® software. This is a full day clinic presented in two parts, a beginning session (9am-noon) and an advanced session (1p-4p). Bringing your laptop and robot with the EV3 software installed is recommended.

See the FLL Programming Clinic page for registration and further details.

Lunch

For those who are attending both the morning (Beginning) and afternoon (Advanced) programming sessions at UME, the UME FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team #8626 “The Prototypes” will have a cash concession stand with snacks and drinks in addition to offering pizza for lunch that can be preordered onsite Saturday morning.

The menu includes:

Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni): $1.50/slice
Pizza Combo (2 slices/1 bag chips/1 drink): $3.75 each
Whole Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni):  TBD
Soda / Water: 50¢ each
Chips: 50¢ per bag

 

UME Coaches’ Clinic – Chassis Building and Attachments

2015-10-10 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm, UME Preparatory Academy

Slides from clinic: Chassis Design, Sensor and Attachments part 1, Sensor and Attachments part 2

This clinic is a demonstration of basic chassis and attachment building with LEGO® Mindstorms.  Each coach can bring up to two team members.

Please confirm attendance and number of students attending by sending email to James Brodnick (james.brodnick@gmail.com).