FLL 2019 Kickoff / Team Dynamics Clinic (Plano)

September 7 @ 1:30pm - 4:30pm, Williams High School

Clinic slides: 


This event is intended for coaches and mentors only.  Register at https://forms.gle/G8f4ZxpQgqnN9gVs9 .

We are having a Kickoff and Team Dynamics clinic on Saturday, September 7, 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 2019 Season Kickoff (Fort Worth)

September 7, Benbrook Middle-High School

This season the North Texas Region will be holding an official Kickoff and Workshop event on September 7th at Benbrook Middle-High School in Fort Worth.  The purpose of the kickoff is meet other teams and provide an overview of the FTC 2019-2020 “Skystone” 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 .

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.

Location and Parking: The kickoff will be held at Benbrook Middle-High School in Benbrook.  Maps and directions will be posted soon and sent to registered participants.

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!

FLL 2019 Qualifier Registration opens

October 14 @ 10:00am - October 18 @ 5:00pm

Registration for Qualifiers opens on October 14 at 10:00am.  All qualifier registrations in North Texas take place via the Perot Museum — see https://www.perotmuseum.org/educators/first-lego/index.html#_qualifiersites for full details and information.


 

You will need the following information available to register:

  • Team number
  • Team name
  • Coach’s name, email and phone number (we will communicate with you via email)
  • Payment

Notes:

  • This year’s regional qualifier fee is $125.00 per team. Registration is not complete until payment is made. Payment must be received by Oct. 31st.
  • All qualifier fees are non-refundable.
  • Qualifier locations are first come, first serve. Teams may cannot change their qualifier site after registration. Teams may only register for one qualifier.
  • To register for a Qualifier, teams must already be registered with FIRSTQualifier registration will be handled through the Perot Museum of Nature and Science teams do not need to register on their FIRST dashboard.https://www.perotmuseum.org/educators/first-lego/index.html#_qualifiersites

 

FTC 2019 Season Kickoff and Workshop (Plano)

September 7 @ 9:30am - 12:30pm, Williams High School

This season the North Texas Region will be holding an official Kickoff and Workshop event on September 7th 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 2019-2020 “Skystone” 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 .

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: TBD.  Maps and directions to follow.

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 2019 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 newer 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!

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.