2018 NTX Tournament of Robots

October 7, Ford Middle School

Cost: Free and open to the public
Team registration and entry fee: http://www.ntxrobotics.com/
Volunteer registration:  http://www.ntxrobotics.com/

The North Texas Tournament of Robots is the culmination of a year’s worth of preparation and 6 weeks of building and programming for high school robotics teams throughout Texas and Oklahoma.  These teams compete with their custom designed, built, and programmed industrial-sized robots in this “Varsity Sport for the Mind.”  This unique competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Come out and see this unique, exciting, and inspiring event!

UTD FLL Coaches Clinic – Chassis Building and Attachments

September 22 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

 

This clinic is for coaches/mentors and up to TWO (2) team members.


On September 22 from 9am-12pm the UT-Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center (UTD/SEEC) will be hosting a clinic on FLL chassis building and attachments.  The clinic will start with an overview of the LEGO building pieces most commonly used for building FLL robots, and then present the design principles important to developing a good chassis and efficient Robot Game execution. The clinic will then demonstrate a wide variety of attachment types and mounting options.

UTD’s Coaches Clinics are free of charge, but we ask that you pre-register for the event. so that we can communicate event details directly to you and have an estimate of attendance size.  Attendance is limited to coaches, mentors, and up to two team members.

Location: On the UT-Dallas campus, specific room and parking details to be announced and sent to registered participants the week before the event.

For more information about the event, please contact Patrick Michaud at patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu .

FLL 2018 Kickoff / Team Dynamics Clinic (Fort Worth)

September 15 @ 9:00am - 12:00pm, Bethesda Christian School

 

This event is intended for coaches and mentors only.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/TmVNs7z7g5tFco9n1 .

Come and celebrate Into Orbit season with local FLL teams.
We are thrilled to have the new Perot FLL Manager, Kelly Goodner. She will be going over some basics of FLL information and north Texas qualifiers.
In addition, we will have Joe Varnell (area head ref), James Brodnick (experienced FLL event judge), and Jay Jordan (experience FLL coach and trainer) to cover tips and tricks in building, programming, organizing team, and judging. There will be time to share contact information and your team events with other teams. Please park on the north side of the building and enter under the cover.

For parking and event location details, see https://groups.google.com/d/msg/northtexasfll/tsliw1gcZiA/OW7zjHm4BgAJ .

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.  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 Kelly Goodner at <Kelly.Goodner@perotmuseum.org> .

LEGO Foundation Grant – application deadline

August 31 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm

The LEGO Foundation Grant has opened if you have not ordered your Challenge Kit and Robot yet.

Deadline to apply: August 31st, 2018

LEGO Foundation Info:

The LEGO Foundation Grants are available if you have not paid your registration or ordered your robot yet.

1st year, “Rookie” Team Grant

EV3 Robot

Challenge Set (Field Setup Kit)

Tax

Shipping & Handling

LEGO Foundation grants are for rookie teams and the requirements are:

  • Commit to three years of being a team.

  • Participate in official events (Qualifiers and Championship if they advance)

  • Participate in training sessions, Kickoffs, and scrimmages

  • Contribute stories and photos to the LEGO Foundation grant Facebook page and other sharing opportunities as requested by FIRST and the LEGO Foundation periodically throughout the season (more details on this will come once the teams are established and the season officially begins

  • Coach must be proactive in staying abreast of everything they have to do as a coach and do everything in a timely manner (respond to requests for information, register for competitions, etc)

  • Team must be in need of an EV3 robot and not be receiving one from a school, district, etc.

The LF grants are in the form of products only, so the rookie teams that receive them will have to be registered through FIRST in order to be eligible.

To apply please send the following information to fll@perotmuseum.org with the subject line, “LEGO Foundation Grant Application”:

  • Team Name and Number (if number is available)

  • Coach Name and Email

  • Description of Need – Why does your team need a grant? Why is funding not coming from anywhere else?

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation (at least one letter and can be from anyone)

Kelly Goodner

FIRST LEGO League Manager

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

P 214.756.5853 | fll@perotmuseum.org

2018 FLYSET FTC Workshop

September 3 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm, Schimelpfenig Middle School

FLYSET(@flyset_org) and FTC team #8565 (@Technicobts) are co-hosting 2018 FLYSET FTC workshop with FTC team 12900 Schim Robotics.

Date: 09/03/2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Plano ISD, Schimelpfenig Middle School, 2400 Maumelle Dr., Plano, TX 75023

During the summer, the following FTC teams have been working on the joint Summer FTC Chassis Study project. We will present the chassis study results at the workshop (details of the summer project can be found at: http://flyset.org/mentoring/summer-chassis-study-project/ )

FTC team 8565: Technicbots (Plano Community team)
FTC team 6832: Iron Reign (Dallas ISD team)
FTC team 3734: Imperial Robotics (Dallas ISD team)
FTC team 8114: Lewisville HS(Lewisville ISD team)
FTC team 12764: RoboVik (Mesquite ISD team)
FTC team 12900: Schim Robotics (Plano ISD team)

In addition, we are planning the following sessions:

Lessons Learnt from last season: call for more speakers from veteran and rookie teams
Rookie team coach panel discussion: 12764 and 12900 coaches (both rookie teams from last season) will lead the panel discussion, call for more panelists
CAD topics: PTC Creo Tutorials; PTC Creo and Autodesk app;
Chassis test demo and show case

Along with sharing the chassis study results, we have the following topics planned to be touched during sessions too:

Direct drive vs geared/chained drive
VEX versaplanetary gear box usage
Expansion Hub mounting position and API
software compensation for the differences between motors
Macanum wheel chassis control logic
Comparison of Tetrix Tornado, REV Robotics HEX motor and AndyMark NeveRest motors
Comparison of Motors impact on going straight
Custom chassis build tips/tricks

We will have product giveaway from Actobotics and REV Robotics (more vendor support to come) for the participating teams and completed Tetrix chassis (from the chassis study project) giveaway for the rookie team panel discussion participants (which will give you a heads start to work on attachments while part of the team is still trying to learn to build a chassis).

Please register your team at this link:

2018 FLYSET FTC Workshop Registration

FLL Team Hardship Grant Application Deadline #1

July 20 @ 12:00pm

The Perot Museum has opened submissions for 2018 FIRST LEGO League INTO ORBIT Team Hardship Grants.  These Team Hardship Grants are designed to aid teams that would otherwise be unable to participate in FIRST LEGO League without some assistance.  The North Texas Region is allowed to submit one team for this grant.

Each team accepted to receive a Hardship Grant will receive funding to cover the FIRST LEGO League Registration Bundle, which includes season registration and a 2018 INTO ORBIT Field Kit.

Teams that have already paid part or all of their 2018-19 registration fee or that have received funding via other means are not eligible for this grant.

To apply, please fill out the application form by noon on Friday, July 20th.  This is the deadline for the first cycle of the grant; a second grant cycle will open on August 7th.

For questions or more information, contact Kelly Goodner at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

UTD FLL Coaches Training Workshop

September 11 @ 9:00am - September 12 @ 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 11-12; 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:

September 11 (9a-12n): Intro to FLL and Robot Build
– Introduction to FLL and season overview
– LEGO Mindstorms components
– Basic robot building concepts
– Assemble and test prototype robot

September 11 (1p-4p): Beginning FLL Programming
– Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
– Robot navigation concepts
– Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
– Creating “My Blocks”

September 12 (9a-12n): 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

September 12 (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!

FTC Clinic: Introduction to Fusion 360

August 18 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm, Prince of Peace Christian School

Have you ever wanted to design 3D printed parts of your robot in Fusion 360?  Have you ever wanted to virtually assemble parts from AndyMark, REV, ServoCity, and VEX to see how they will work together?  Have you ever wanted to know exactly where to drill a hole so the parts will fit together the first time?  FTC Team 9010 and FRC Team 3802 are hosting a seminar on Fusion 360 geared specifically towards robot building and FIRST Tech Challenge.

The event will be held at Prince of Peace Christian School located at 4004 Midway Road on Saturday, August 18th from 9AM to 4PM.

More details and a registration form are at the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/hEdsoeFPrMRXj0Bz2

Space is limited to 20 participants, so sign-up soon.

FLL 2018 Kickoff / Team Dynamics Clinic (Plano)

September 8 @ 1:30pm - 4:30pm, Williams High School

Clinic slides:  Team Dynamics (PDF 251K)


This event is intended for coaches and mentors only.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/u8XMZXTi2GuGdi993 .

We are having a Kickoff and Team Dynamics clinic on Saturday, September 8, 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> .