FTC Qualifier at Aledo HS

2020-01-18, Aledo High School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas.

To volunteer at this event, see the FTC volunteer page.

Teams can (pre)register or waitlist for this event at http://roboplex.org/ftc/registration .

Event results via the Orange Alliance (available shortly after event)

Registered Teams

(25 teams as of 2020-01-15, 2 open reservations, 0 on waitlist)
4745 Computer Cartel, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Bedford
6169 System Overload, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Bedford
6566* Circuit Breakers, Aledo High School, Aledo
6728 Frost Byte, Crowley CTE Robotics, Crowley
8406* Filthy Horde, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
9161** Overload, Aledo High School, Aledo
9386 E+E Robotics, N/A, Frisco
10437 The Rusty Nuts, Hughes Springs HS, Hughes Springs
11030 Metal Jackets, Arlington Heights High School, Fort Worth
11563 Hedrick Garage, Hedrick Middle School, Flower Mound
11978 Allies of Innovation, Colleyville Heritage Robotics Team, Colleyville
12925 CowBots, Carpenter Middle School, Plano
13657 Wonder Women, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Bedford
13811 High Voltage, Aledo High School, Aledo
14459 Automatic Anacondas, TCC, Fort Worth
14962 Robo-Sapiens, Hughes Springs HS, Hughes Springs
15137 The P-51 Mustangs: Viking Machine Gold, Richardson-North, Richardson
15226 Munchkin Teddy Bears, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Bedford
16602 iUniversity Prep, iUniversity Prep, Grapevine
16721 Gibbins Warriors, Newman International Academy Arlington, Arlington
16802 Holliday Eagles, Holliday High School, Holliday
17152 The Cicadas, Coppell Community, Coppell
17184 Brock Robotics, Brock ISD, Brock
17193 Banana Sharks, Benbrook Middle-High School, Benbrook
17294** OverDr!ve, Independence High School, Frisco

* already advanced to the North Texas Regional Championship
** already advanced to the wildcard qualifier

UTD FTC Coaches Training Workshop

2019-09-24 @ 9:00am - 2019-09-25 @ 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 September 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.

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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!

Control Hub Pilot Program

FIRST Tech Challenge has chosen North Texas to be a “pilot region” for the REV Robotics Control Hub in the 2019-2020 Skystone (presented by Qualcomm) season.

What this means is that teams from North Texas can apply to participate in the pilot and use a REV Robotics Control Hub on their robot in North Texas events and at the World Championship.  The REV Control Hub will not be legal for competition at events in regions that are not part of the pilot program (with some very limited exceptions).

Most of you are familiar with the REV Expansion Hub that was introduced in the Relic Recovery season.  The REV Control Hub combines the features of the Expansion Hub and the Robot Controller Android handset into a single unit, eliminating the need for a separate Robot Controller handset (phone) on the robot.  (An Android handset is still needed for the Driver Station.)  This will provide teams with an option that reduces space and cabling requirements, while retaining the same programming interface, driver controls, and the like.

If none of the above makes sense to you — you can safely ignore it.  Using a Control Hub and/or participation in the pilot is completely optional for teams — teams that wish to continue using the existing REV Expansion Hub and Modern Robotics components will be able to do so for this and future seasons.  There are no plans to retire or obsolete these systems.  

In addition, our expectation and experience is that the REV Control Hub does not create an “uneven playing field” between teams using the Control Hub and ones continuing to use the Expansion Hub setup.

More information about the Control Hub pilot program and how to apply is in the attached PDF document.  Note that teams must be in a pilot region and have completed team registration for the 2019-2020 season prior to applying for the pilot program.

If you have further questions on this program, double-check the attached Pilot Description document, and then send me an email at <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu>.