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F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Igniting young minds. Teaching life skills. Nurturing passions for science and technology.

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1 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Igniting young minds. Teaching life skills. Nurturing passions for science and technology. Practicing Gracious Professionalism. F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY (501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) Whats FRC?

2 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY 2-3 professional engineers – these Volunteers will guide your students through the engineering challenges inherent in the design and construction of a working robot. 2-3 additional adults – these Volunteers will handle everything else: organization and communication with FIRST; registration; fund raising; shipping; and travel arrangements. As your team matures, you may want more adults to help with website design, community outreach, book keeping, animation, special projects, etc FRC Season What do I need to get started?

3 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY high-school-aged students – as your team matures, you may find room for more students. More students will make it possible to participate in more aspects of the FIRST experience. FRC Season What do I need to get started?

4 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Financial Sponsors – the 2012 registration fee, which includes the Kit of Parts and participation in at least one competition event, is $5,000 for veteran teams who reuse elements from prior year Kits of Parts and $6,500 for rookie teams. Teams may register for additional events at $4,000 each. Most teams budget funds to purchase additional materials for their robot, to transport team members and equipment to events, to create team t-shirts, etc. FRC Season What do I need to get started?

5 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY A meeting place – to design, build, program, and test a working robot, teams need access to a machine shop, enough room to practice the game challenge, and secure storage space. Tools – students will be designing and creating a working robot. You will need hand tools, power tools, and access to machine tools. FRC Season What do I need to get started?

6 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Time – the minimum commitment would be to meet with your team several times a week from mid-December to the end of April. Many mature teams meet throughout the School year and some compete in offseason events during the summer. FRC Season What do I need to get started?

7 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Recruit lots of adult help. Appoint Volunteers to be the Main Contact, the Alternate Contact, and the Shipping Contact. Ensure the Main Contact understands they will be receiving weekly s from FIRST containing vital information they must share immediately with the rest of the team. Register the team in TIMS, choose your Kickoff location and pick which competition event(s) your team will attend. Complete and submit a W-9 form. FRC Season Lead Mentor Responsibilities

8 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Recruit sponsors, fundraise, and apply for grants to ensure your team has enough funds to participate. Secure a meeting location where the team may design, build, program, test, and store a working robot. Obtain tools. You will need hand tools, power tools and access to machine tools. FRC Season Lead Mentor Responsibilities

9 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Schedule team meetings. Establish a team structure that encourages full participation by students. Attend a Local Kickoff if practical, or view the Kickoff broadcast with your team and arrange for delivery of your Kit of Parts. Inventory your Kit of Parts within three days of receipt and notify FIRST of any discrepancies. FRC Season Lead Mentor Responsibilities

10 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Read and comply with all game rules outlined in the Competition Manual. Assist the team in setting objectives and developing timelines. Encourage creativity and Gracious Professionalism. Monitor blasts from FIRST and respond as needed. Check team updates twice weekly. FRC Season Lead Mentor Responsibilities

11 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Monitor team forums for live updates and mentorship opportunities. Ensure participant safety at all times. Ensure the team has a working robot by the deadline. Assign an adult to arrange transportation to competition events. If an event is far away, they may also need to arrange housing and meals. FRC Season Lead Mentor Responsibilities

12 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Attend competition events with your team. Manage funds and record expenses. Ensure required documents are submitted to FIRST as needed. FRC Season Lead Mentor Responsibilities

13 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Leadership Council – Made up of key mentors and students to make administrative decisions for the team. Machine Core Team – Made up of key mentors in different sub-teams and student leaders. This group makes the key decisions for the direction of the Robot design. Sub-teams – Mechanical, Controls, Animation, Graphics, Web. FRC Season Team Structure

14 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY September – Begin recruiting students through informational desks at school lunch, club fairs, announcements over the intercom or TV. October – Teams register in the Team Information Management System (TIMS) and choose which Kickoff and competition events they want to attend. October – December - Hold strategy meetings; fundraise; hold trainings on building, programming, or other aspects of robot design; and plan for the upcoming season. FRC Season Pre-Season (Sept-Dec)

15 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY The game for the year is announced in early January Ideation – we develop our strategy and concepts Prototypes – we design and build prototypes Fabrication and Assembly of the machine Shakedown Testing; then Bag-n-Tag the robot by mid February FRC Season Build Season (Jan-Feb)

16 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Animation Challenge from Autodesk Website complete and submitted Woodie Flowers and Chairmans Award Uniform, button designed and pressed out Scouting system determined and training FRC Season Build Season (Jan-Feb)

17 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY January – Kickoff is the official beginning of the FRC season. At Kickoff, teams watch a broadcast of the release of the game rules and pick up their Kit of Parts. Teams have just six weeks to build a functioning robot to compete in the game. February – FIRST provides updates and blasts throughout the build season to keep teams informed of important changes/improvements to the rules. On Stop Build Day, teams must stop work on their robot. Teams either seal their robot into an isolation bag. FRC Season Build Season (Jan-Feb)

18 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Define Team Strategy Autonomous Tele-operated End Game Define Machine Attributes Define Practice Strategy Procure Field Element Materials Procure Game Pieces Design and Construct Key Prototypes Begin testing controls elements Begin writing basic Control Software FRC Season Build Season Week 1

19 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Conceptual Machine Design Complete Peer Review Develop Virtual Models or Simulations Complete Prototype Testing Complete Design Basis Base Control Software Manipulators Construct Field Elements FRC Season Build Season Week 2

20 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Design and Construct Base Design Manipulator(s) Purchase COTS Parts Begin testing Control Software on completed items Begin writing Control Software for the Manipulators and other elements Begin writing Autonomous Control Software FRC Season Build Season Week 3

21 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Manipulator(s) Design Complete Part Manufacturing Install Control System Continue Control Software Testing FRC Season Build Season Week 4

22 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Manipulator(s) Assembly and Installation Design Guarding Determine and Fabricate Spare Parts Purchase Spare COTS items FRC Season Build Season Week 5

23 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Robot Testing Make Design Tweaks Verify Control Software Practice Drivers Test Autonomous Code Install Guarding Pack and prepare Pit materials and tools BAG AND TAG FRC Season Build Season Week 6

24 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY March – Competitions begin. Teams travel to District or Regional competition events to compete in the game and be judged for awards in design, creativity, innovation, and culture changing behavior. April – Teams convene for the FIRST Championship FRC Season Competition Season (Mar-April)

25 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Regional(s) – 30 to 70 teams compete. Depart Wednesday afternoon return Saturday night Championship – 400 teams from around the globe in four divisions compete in St. Louis in April. Depart Wednesday morning and return Sunday afternoon. FRC Season Competition Season (Mar-April)

26 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY May – Team Renewal, determine what went well, what didnt, what improvements can be made. Team Awards Banquet, celebrate the season and the students. Make plans for the off-season. June-August – Fundraise, Fundraise, Fundraise, Attend off- season events, perform demonstrations with robot at science days, summer camps. FRC Season Off-Season (May-August)

27 F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY Jimmy Nichols Lakota Robotics – FIRST Team 1038 Cincinnati Mall 1038 Hosts workshops in the fall and at the local Kick-off FRC Season Resources


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