2 Presented By… Colton Mehlhoff Scott McDowell FTC 4140 – Fish in the BoatModeling & Robot DesignUniversity of MinnesotaScott McDowellFTC 4140 – Fish in the BoatCoach / MentorHigh Tech Kids
3 Why are we here? Learn more about FTC Compare and contrast FTC with FRCDestroy the MisconceptionsMore STEMMore Robots!!
4 What is FTC?FIRST Robotics program positioned between and overlapping both FRC and FLL7th – 12th GradeUp to 10 students on the teamTwo-on-Two, Driver Controlled Format12’ x 12’ Competition AreaMedium Sized Robots (18”x18”x18”)5-8 Qualification RoundsTop 4 Qualification Seeds are Alliance CaptainsBest 2 out of 3 Elimination Ladder
5 Hook Surprise! FTC is not all about the Robot. As with all FIRST robotics programs, the robot is the hook to draw people into the programReal-World and Engineering skills are the core of what participants gain
6 FTC Misconceptions FTC is a JV program Competition with Erector sets FRC is the Varsity Sport for the MindSo, FTC must be something else?!Competition with Erector setsAll Kit-of-Parts RobotsLess EngineeringBigger Robots must be harder
7 How is FTC Like FRC? Design & Build Robot Program Robot Alliance FormatDrive Teams - 2 Drivers & 1 CoachPartners vs. OpponentsQualification RoundsElimination RoundsCompetitive Game StrategiesScoutingOutreachModeling RobotWeb sitesBusiness Plans / Strategic PlansVideosMarketing & Team BrandingCorporate SponsorshipsWork with Engineering CommunityHigh Energy Tournaments
8 How is FTC Different than FRC? Robots are smaller – 18”x18”x18”Limited by size and electronics vs. cost, weight and sizeRobots are slower than FRC – No BumpersFTC Robots tend to be more Complex & less SophisticatedComponents are more restrictedBuild and Tournament Season combinedIterative Design – don’t have to guess right the first timeNo Human PlayerNo Video Navigation SystemsEngineering Notebook
9 Advantages of FRC over FTC Cool Factor – Robots are bigger & go fasterFRC more recognized programLonger History – Team & Program LegacyMore sophisticated robot systems available – Pneumatics, Electronics & COTSLarge competition arena & easier for audience to see robot gameMore Programming optionsMore AwardsDeans ListWoodie Flowers Award vs. Compass AwardBetter representation at the World ChampionshipsFRC 400/2600 = 15%FTC 128/3000 = 4%FLL 70/24,000 = 0.3%
10 Advantages of FTC over FRC Longer combined build and tournaments seasonIterative DesignNo Bag & TagSmaller teams – students can work on all parts of programFavors development of Generalists over SpecialistsScales with number of studentsRobot is more transportable to demos & tournamentsLearning curve is lower on the front endCost - $2000 team startup costsLess space requiredMore student driven with guidance from mentorsMore use of sensors and autonomous programming
11 Why Start FTC teams? Scales with student population Team size limit up to 10Cost $2000 for a startup teamDifferent engineering skills than FRCGeneralists more than specialistsProgression of ProgramsTransition from FLL to FTC to FRCAllows for a new system of challenges every 3-5 yearsIterative designBoys vs. Girls vs. Coed teams$500 Rookie Grants!
12 Tetrix Building Systems Developed by LEGO and Pitsco Education35% discount to FTC Teams32mm repeating pattern aluminum systemReusable for multiple seasonsSingle 12VDC Battery basedUp to 8 DC MotorsUp to 12 Servos (4 varieties)Servo & Motor Controllers
13 Matrix Building Systems Geared to international teamsTetrix system outside the US is very expensiveHiTechnic is the US distributorCloser to VEX building systemReusable for multiple seasonsSingle 9VDC Battery based
14 LEGO Building Systems LEGO Mindstorms NXT LEGO Manufactured Sensors EV3 not legal for seasonLEGO Manufactured SensorsLEGO MotorsAny LEGO PartDuplo Parts are not legal
15 Communications System Samantha WiFi Communications ModuleReplaced Bluetooth four years agoProvides all communication between the Field Control System (FCS) and the RobotLimited Security & Susceptible to Disruption
17 Custom Developed Sensors HiTechnic NXT Super-Pro Prototype BoardMust only connect to the named ports on the boardMust be powered by the voltage available through the boardAdditional circuit boards may be connected to the Prototype boardOn board processor may not be re-programmed
18 Legal Raw MaterialsRaw materials may be used in any dimension and quantity. Teams may use these raw materials to make any type of finished part.A Raw material can be any type of commonly available material including steel, aluminum, plastic (of any kind), fiberglass, carbon fiber, stone, wood (including paper, plywood, etc.). Also included are castable materials such as polymer resins, rubber, cement, etc.To be legal a Raw Material must be readily available to the majority of teams from standard distributors (e.g. McMaster-Carr, Home Depot, Grainger, etc.). Materials that are found in only one region or can only be obtained from a team’s sponsor are not allowed.Materials in the form of angle, channel, tubing, sheet, film, blocks, etc. are allowed but these same shapes with post machined features (holes, slots, etc.) are considered to be Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS)
19 Legal COTS Linear Slides Non-motorized Turntables and Lazy Susans. Lead Screws and threaded rod plus compatible nuts.Servo blocks (e.g. ServoCity Part # SB608SH and SB609SH), shaft adaptors, servo arms, ball links, shaft clamps#25 or #35 chain with associated links.Timing belts of any size and pitch.Gears of any size and pitch, including non-circular gears such as rack, worm, bevel, etc.Sprockets of any size and pitch.Pulleys including sheaves, timing belt, etc.Springs of any type and material (coil, extension, compression, leaf, etc.) that are used in a safe manner.Fasteners of any size, including nuts, bolts, screws, shoulder screws, washers, spacers, shaft collars, shaft couplers, rivets, Velcro, etc.Bearings of any type and material. Including bushings, roller bearings, etc.PVC, CPVC, PEX piping and fittings.ExtrudedT-slot aluminum construction material along with all compatible brackets and fittings (i.e , Macron Dynamics, etc.).Wheels of any type up to 4” diameter. Wheels that have exposed features likely to cause damage to field and/or game elements are not allowed.
20 Beyond the Building Systems a. Rope, cord, cable, monofilament, etc. These can be made from natural (cotton, wool, etc.), polymers (nylon, polyester, etc.), or metal materials. b. Rubber bands. c. Surgical or Latex Tubing. d. Non-metallic cable ties (also known as Zip Ties). e. Non-Slip Pad (e.g. McMaster-Carr Part #69275T54 or Home Depot SKU #134555). Packaging material must list the product as Non-Slip Pad. f. Adhesive backed tape of any type. g. Glue, cement, adhesives. <R07> Welding, brazing, and soldering are legal methods for assembling a robot.
21 Programming Options3 LabView licenses provide free with paid FTC team registrationIcon based programming language6 RobotC licenses can be purchased for $100Text based programming language
22 Judged Awards Inspire Award Think Award Connect Award Top Award in FTC. Similar to FRC Chairman's Award. Winning team is competitive in all judged categories and performance.Think AwardJudging how well teams documented their engineering journey. Engineering design process and Engineering Notebook central.Connect AwardJudging how well teams connect with the engineering community. Business Plan, Strategic Plan & Outreach are central.Rockwell Collins Innovate AwardJudging creativity in robot design and game strategy. Performance is a factor.PTC Design AwardJudging teams use of CAD in their robot design. Unique robot design also key.Motivate AwardTeams Spirit, Team Branding, Community Outreach
23 Judged Awards (continued) Control Award (Optional)Use of Sensors and Software to improve robots reliability and performance.Promote Award (Optional)1 minute Public Service Announcement (PSA) video on FIRST. New theme each year.Compass Award (Optional)1 minute video recognizing an adult coach or mentor.Future Innovator AwardSponsored by the Abbott Fund. Judged at the national level. Work on solving one of several real-world issues.
25 Tournament Hierarchy Scrimmages Regional Qualifiers (4-6x 16-24 Teams) Put on and run by teamsRegional Qualifiers (4-6x Teams)1-2 Regional Qualifiers per team5-8 teams advance per Regional QualifierChampionship Tournament (24-36 Teams)MN Snow Drift5-6 teams advanceSuper-Regional (4x 72 Teams)North Super-Regional (Iowa City, IA)13 States in the North Super-Regional20-25 teams advance per Super-RegionalFTC World Championships (128 Teams)St. Louis, MO
26 Advancement Criteria Qualifier Host Team Inspire Award Winner Winning Alliance CaptainInspire Award 2nd placeWinning Alliance, 1st team selectedInspire Award 3rd placeWinning Alliance, 2nd team selectedThink Award WinnerFinalist Alliance CaptainConnect Award WinnerFinalist Alliance, 1st team selectedRockwell Collins Innovate Award WinnerFinalist Alliance, 2nd team selectedPTC Design Award WinnerHighest Ranked Team not previously advancedMotivate Award Winner
27 Minnesota FTC Affiliate Partner High Tech Kids501(c)(3) Non-ProfitRun FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in MNFLL Affiliate Partner since Pilot Year 1998509 FLL teams in 2012Renewable Energy Challenge (REC)Cheryl Moeller, Executive DirectorVicki Coaty, Programs ManagerVacancy, Programs AssistantVacancy, Americorps FIRST Vista
28 FTC Growth in Minnesota Teams 5 RookiesTeams 6 RookiesTeams 11 RookiesTeams 9 RookiesTeams 18 RookiesTeams Rookies
29 Starting a Team Build a Team Register Team $500 FTC Rookie Grants Find interested StudentsRegister TeamUse TIMS to Register with FIRST$500 FTC Rookie GrantsAttend Kickoff on September 7th!
30 Team Startup Costs FIRST Registration $275 Robot Kit of Parts $665 Tetrix Resource Kit $199Samantha WiFi Module $85Regional Qualifier $150State Championship $250North Super-Regional $500World Championship $1000Spare Parts $1000RobotC $100Transportation $Hotels $Food $Team Uniforms $Give Away / Promotional / Marking Items $
31 FTC Season Timeline Registration Open May 10th - Full Kickoff Saturday September 7thWorkshops September-DecemberRegional Qualifiers November-JanuaryState Championship February 23rdNorth Super-Regional April 3rd-5thWorld Championship April 23rd-26th
32 Minnesota FTC Kickoff Lakeville North High School September 7th WorkshopsRing It Up! ScrimmageRound Table DiscussionsPanel SessionsInformation BoothsGame RevealStrategy Session
33 Volunteers!!!With the explosive growth of the program in MN we are moving to a Regional Qualifier ModelWe need 3 to 4 times the number of Volunteers as last seasonJudgesRefereesFTAsEmceesScore KeepersQueuers
34 Future FTC TrendsFRC started out with 18” Robots, a standard Kit-of-Parts and a 2-on-2 format - Sound familiar?As parts were added and restrictions lifted, costs skyrocketedCost and sustainability are serious issues for FRCCompetition strongly favors teams with long historiesFTC is essentially a reboot of FRCFTC is following the same path, but with more caution towards cost and balance to competition
35 Where to Find More Info Official FIRST FTC web page MN FTC Affiliate Partner web pageFTC BlogChief Delphi FTC forumsMN GoFIRSTPTCTetrix Building SystemMatrix Building SystemRobotCLabviewHiTechnicFish in the Boat Team Page