2Important Things to Know Learn the rules of the current season’s game, “Sack Attack.”Get tips to help your team prepare to compete at their first event.Gain insight on pros and cons of competing at other events.Learn how your team may qualify for the National or World Championship.Discuss important things for coaches to know when starting a new team.
4How to Start a Team THINK enthusiasm and people CREATE your team Register your team(s) online via robotevents.com or with your STEM director.BUILD and program your competition robot.AMAZE everyone at a VEX competition.Additionally register your team(s) for each event where they plan to compete.
5Organizing your Team Team size Meeting frequency Brainstorming Build, Test, IterateDocument the processDivide the responsibilitiesBuilderProgrammerEngineering NotebookCommunity Notebook, promotional giveaways itemsTip: Plan ahead on how you will decide which team members will represent the team at competitions.
6Managing & Storing Equipment Additional Tools/EquipmentHand tools: tin snips, hacksaw, fileSharpiesBlue painter’s tapeMultimeterAdditional batteriesWrenchesTape measure, calipers (optional)Sample Game Elements: sacks, trough, floor tilesStorage and OrganizationSAFETY PLAN
7Programming Software Cortex Microcontroller and Joystick utilizes VEXNET communicationsReplaces PIC microcontroller and crystalProgramming language choiceseasyC V4 for CortexMiddle school/high school/collegeROBOTC for Cortex &PICHigh school/collegeProgramming goalsInstalling softwareUpdating cortex and joystick firmwareSyncing joystick and firmwareProgramming Driver controlsProgramming Autonomous modeUsing competition templatesUsing sensors
8Preparing for Competition Day Review Inspection Checklist:If the event offers inspection the evening beforehand, take advantage. Otherwise, arrive extra early to be first in line.Prepare for Robot and Programming Skills ChallengesPrepare for Judging:Study game rules in the Sack Attack Game Manual and updates in the Official VEX Forum:
9Preparing for Competition Day, continued Pack equipment ahead of time:Robot with team plates attachedJoystickBatteries (AAA for joystick, 9V, and Robot battery)Extra batteriesSpare 9V backup batteryChargersPower StripMultimeter
10Preparing for Competition Day, continued Equipment to Pack, continuedSafety Goggles/side shields for each team memberSpare metals, motors, rubber bands, replacement partsSpare Cortex and Joystick (if available)File and sawLaptop with easyC software and USB cable.Flash drive with backup of program filesNO WI-FI is permitted at competitions.Engineering notebookmandatory for some awardsCommunity notebook? Flyers?Team Promotional giveaways ?Food/drinks and or money
11The Day of CompetitionArrive early to allow time for inspection, team check-in, and pit setup.Get your match schedule.Test out the robot on the practice field.Attend the Driver’s meeting that is scheduled in the morning. This is for drivers, coaches, and mentors.Arrive at the queuing station 15 minutes early for each match (or whatever is recommended that day).2 drivers and 1 coachRobotSafety gogglesMake sure the robot is turned ON at the start of the match.Judges may visit teams in their pit area or the team may be scheduled for an interview session.Complete Skills Challenges (usually at lunchtime)Alliance Selection Strategies -
12CSM VEX Robotics Competition VEX League PlayTeams will play in approximately 3 ranking sessions (play days) during Nov. - Feb. Teams will play approximately 8 matches at each ranking session.Top ranked team in the league automatically earns the “Excellence” award and qualifies for World Championship.League Championship will take place at CSM on Feb. 16, 2013.The winning 2-team alliance will also qualify for World Championship.
13Competing at other Competitions Check robotevents for other competitions and register online:There is no limit to the number of competitions you may enter.Look at Fees , Qualifying information, and Divisions for each event.
14VEX Robotics Competition Organizations VEX Robotics, Innovation First International, Inc. (IFI)vexrobotics.comRobotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC-F)robotevents.com
15National and World Championship Qualification National ChampionshipWorld Championship
16Competition Strategies Q & A with Coaches and Talons Team