Power Point Presentation

Starting a Middle
School FTC Team
Code Red Robotics
Corey Oostveen
Registration and tournament info
Team management guidelines
Coach & mentor qualifications/time demands
Cost, budgeting and fund-raising tips
Programming and Controls resources
Where to find vital resources & updates
Q&A with area FTC coaches
About FTC
FTC in Michigan
• Middle School Program
• 46 teams currently
• Goal:100 new teams this season
Important Dates
• May 9, 2012
– Registration Opens at noon for the 2012-2013
• Sept. 8, 2012
– Season Kick-off for the 2012-2013 Season
• Nov. 2012 - March 2013
– Tournament Season (Late November/Early December)
• April 24-27 2013
– FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Event
in St. Louis, Missouri
Coach/Mentor Qualifications
• Does the coach need a technical background?
• What is the time commitment?
– 3-6 hours per week
• How many coaches are needed?
– 1 adult for every 5 kids
– 10 kids per team
Cost, budgeting and fundraising tips
• Sample Budget
• Grants
• Fundraising
Sample Budget
FTC Registration
Initial Kit of Parts*
Essential costs before grants
Less Grant from GM
Total Essential Costs
Extra parts team may want to purchase (optional)
Robot C software (optional‐ labview comes free)
Local tournament fee (Varies by event)
Food and entertainment of team (varies by team)
Travel to events (varies by team)
T‐Shirts and banners/misc. (varies by team)
Total Optional Costs
Kit ‐TETRIX kit with Mindstorm
Resource Kit (add on but needed)
Samantha Module‐$50‐ (Wifi module to connect robot to comp field)
Total Kit Costs
• GM Grant (Michigan Specific)
– $600 to new FTC teams
• FIRST Graduation Grant
– You are a registered, rookie FTC team (a new team
that did not exist prior to the 2012-2013 FTC season).
– At least one member of your rookie team participated
as a member of an FLL team in one of the last four
– Your team must have an affiliation with a non-profit
organization willing to accept funds on your behalf.
– Covers Registration fee of $275 and provides $300
• Lego Foundation Grant
– You must register and pay for their 2012-2013 FTC
– Have a valid rookie team number.
– At least one member of your team must have
participated in FLL in one of the last four FLL
• $100 per FLL graduate, up to $300 max per
team, towards an FTC Competition Kit (with or
without MINDSTORMS) at FTCrobots.com.
• Participation Fee
• Sponsors
• Reasons Why a Company Should Sponsor an FTC Team:
– Funding FTC teams encourages a talented future
– Sponsors help to develop the community in which they
exist by providing for positive experiences for young
– Sponsorship creates and enhances awareness of the
company in the local community.
– Companies can add their logo on to team banners or Tshirts.
• Always be sure that the host organization approves the chosen fundraiser.
• To be more original, make and sell items that complement the community.
• Make it fun! The more fun the fundraiser is, the more donors will want to
be part of the excitement.
• Think of fundraising ideas that do not require additional Volunteers, or a
greater time commitment.
• Ask community groups to support the team in any way they can. A
number of major retail franchises may match money raised at their sites,
while others may offer community groups free or discounted products.
• Be sure to call local businesses and ask them what they might do to help.
Every little bit raised is helpful!
• Visit local businesses and companies to grow the program in the area and
bring community awareness for the team.
• $100 from ten businesses might be easier to attain than $1,000 from one
• Several small fundraisers are easier to coordinate than a single large one.
Preparing the team
Before Kickoff
Explaining the Rules and the Challenge
The Engineering Notebook
Preparing the Team for Judging
Preparing the Drive Team for Competition
Preparing the Pit Crew for Competition
Before Kickoff
• Familiarize with hardware and software
• Tutorials and curriculums
Explaining the Rules and the Challenge
• Everyone read the manual
• Watch the game video several times
• discuss game rules without referencing robot
design at all
Engineering Notebook
Very Important!!!
Document obstacles that will be faced.
Highlighted lessons that will be learned.
Sketch or draw ideas for development and
• Record the results of development and
• Document teams decisions.
Engineering Notebook
• Document everything!
• Include:
Sketches and photos
Discussions from team meetings
Design evolution
AHA! Moments
Obstacles and resolutions
Each team member’s thoughts throughout the
Preparing the Team for Judging
• Hold mock judging sessions in each area
• Be prepared to speak about
– how the robot was designed and built
– Driving
– game strategy
– the Engineering Notebook
– community service
– outreach, and fundraising.
Preparing the Drive Team for
Timed trials
A way to keep track of score
Attend a scrimmage
Have backup drive team(s)
Recommended Tools
Additional Power Tools
Helpful Supplies
• Allen Wrench, 7/64"
• Soldering Iron
• Shrink Wire Wrap
• Allen Wrench, 1/8"
• Jigsaw
• Electrical Tape
• Wrench (open end / box
end), 5/16"
• Drill
• Black, Red and Green Wire
• Heat Gun
• Small Zip Ties
• Wrench (open end / box
end), 1/4"
• Extra Vise Grip
• Blue Lock Tight
• Fuses for 12 volt battery
• Hacksaw, 32 tooth blade
• Gear and Axle Lubricant
• Hand Files (flat and round)
• Extra Fuses for 12V Battery
• Wire Strippers
• Cable Ties
• Wire Cutters
• Needle Nosed Pliers
Programming and Controls resources
• http://www.tetrixrobotics.com/FTC/
• https://decibel.ni.com/content/community/fir
• www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/ftctool
Where to find vital resources &
• http://www.coderedrobotics.com/ftcresources/
• http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/

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