FIRST Fair 2017

Class Descriptions

10:00 am

FRC Synthesis
Synthesis is a FRC game simulator that allows for your teams’ CAD robot models to be paired with your code in a simulated match environment. This workshop will help members of your team learn how to utilize Synthesis to its fullest extent enabling you to test your robot design, have driver practice, and test code before completing the manufacturing process.
-Autodesk Interns

LEAP
LEAP (Linking Engineering and Philanthropy) is an event for FRC & FTC teams, generously supported by Autodesk, in partnership with OMSI, and organized by FRC 1540, the Flaming Chickens.  It is designed to get robotics teams out into the community using their design and engineering skills to help non-profits. As FIRST likes to say, “It’s not about the robot.” It kicks off today at FIRSTfare and continues for the next week.  This session is a chance to hear from OMSI, our customer this year, about what their needs are and understand the rules of the competition.  Autodesk has provided $7,000 in prizes for this event.  If you think you might want to take part, this session is uber important. 
-Presented by Dale Yocum, head coach and mentor of 1540 and representatives from OMSI

Basic Inventor CAD
The first part of this class will cover details for new users getting started with Inventor.  The second part of this class will cover sketching, creating and importing parts and will end with creating assemblies.  The ideal person for this class is someone that is new to Inventor.
-Presented by Andy Sears

College/Scholarship Prep
This workshop will focus on ways to document your FIRST experiences, how to write a compelling scholarship essay, how to get a great rec letter from your FIRST coach or mentor, and how to keep track of scholarship requirements and deadlines.
-Presented by Jodi Walder-Biesanz

Strategic Game Analysis
A 10 step approach to Strategic Design and Game Analysis:  This presentation empowers teams to choose the best robot to build through analytical decision making.  The seminar was inspired by Team #1114 Simbotic's Strategic Design seminar presented by Karthik Kanagasabapathy at World Championships.
-Presented by Byce Croucher, #2471 Alumni Mentor, 2014 Dean list winner

Pneumatics

Have you been curious to use pneumatics on your robot but are scared to try?  Think pneumatics are too heavy? Then come and listen to an introduction to pneumatics for FIRST Robotics.  I will cover the standard components of a pneumatics system for FIRST, the required components and rules associated with their use. Pneumatics is an exciting and different aspect to building a FIRST robot and this is an opportunity to learn more.
-Presented by Floyd Moore, #997

Intro to Java
Learn how to architect and write FRC robot programs in Java.  A high-level overview of the command-based approach is also provided.  Prior basic Java knowledge is not required but is recommended.
-Presented by Tyler Scheuble, Alumni Programming mentor, #2471

Time & Project Management
Learn project management tips to effectively lead your team. Maximize your time and efforts for a productive build season.

-Presented by Vicky Thompson

FRC 101 for Rookies – Season Kickoff
Every team has a different way to start the season, but there are a few things teams have in common.  Learn some tips on what to expect those first days and how to best contribute to your team.
-Presented by the FIRST Force Team

11:00 am

FRC Synthesis 
Synthesis is a FRC game simulator that allows for your teams’ CAD robot models to be paired with your code in a simulated match environment. This workshop will help members of your team learn how to utilize Synthesis to its fullest extent enabling you to test your robot design, have driver practice, and test code before completing the manufacturing process.
-Autodesk Interns

Bunny Bots Q&A
BunnyBots, hosted by team 1540, is a fall competition in which teams build FRC-class robots for a whimsical game as a way to learn design and fabrication skills before the real build season starts.  Hear from the game designer, Dale Yocum (head coach and mentor of FRC1540), and ask your questions.
-Presented by Dale Yocum, head coach and mentor of #1540

Advanced Inventor CAD 
This class will cover assemblies and drawings.  We will look at setting up models for kinematic studies, discuss best practices of assembly structure, connecting parts in the assembly and if time allows some basic stress analysis.
-Presented by Andy Sears

Severe Allergy Certification 
For Oregon Mentors -  The State of Oregon has a provision for Certification in Severe Allergy.  This is the class that teaches you about Severe Allergies and how to administer an Epi-Pen.  In Oregon this is the training for non-medical professionals who might be called upon to administer an Epi-Pen.
-Presented by Denise Cardinali

Beginning  LabVIEW    TANK DRIVE-NO JOYSTICK
This class is designed for anyone new to programming or robotics AND is interested in learning how to program a computer.  We will construct a basic FRC LabVIEW robot program which can be driven on the LabVIEW Simulator or a live robot.  If you arrive with LabVIEW installed on a laptop, you can follow along.  This class should be considered mandatory if you do not have a JAVA or C++ guru on your team.
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Presented by Jim Chastian

Electrical Control Systems
The electrical control system class will be in two parts.  The first session will be an overview of all the components of the robot control system and operator interface, aimed at getting teams familiar with the various control parts, introduction to any new parts for the season, and the basics about how the parts go together to control the robot.  This includes the operator interface for controlling the robot.
-Presented by Tim Bennington-Davis

Wiring Techniques
When wiring an FRC robot there are concerns beyond just following the rules and correctly connecting electronic components. These are the 3 "R's" of wiring:  Reliability, Repairability and Radiance.  This class will cover some of the techniques that Shockwave has learned over the years and discuss some of the advantages of thinking about wiring beyond just carrying electrons to the correct destinations.
-Presented by Bret Toll team #4488

Team Built Tools & Fixtures
This seminar is to share and discuss ideas for team built shop tools and time saving fixtures.  These are creative tools that teams have designed and built which save time and money while enhancing team capabilities. This seminar was 1st held in 2016 and we would invite those that attended last years session to come back and share the new ideas and approaches your team has created.  Please send pictures and a description to Bruce Whitefield ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) so it can be added to the presentation.  Teams are also encouraged to bring smaller tools and fixtures to share during the seminar. Presented by Bruce Whitefield Team #2471

FRC 101 for Rookies – Drivetrains
Without fail, your robot will need to move around the field.  There are many ways to accomplish that.  This session will focus on a couple of the most basic drive systems used by most teams.  
-Presented by the FIRST Force Team

12:00 pm

LUNCH Taco Food Truck in the Parking lot (same as last year)

1:00 pm

FRC Synthesis
Synthesis is a FRC game simulator that allows for your teams’ CAD robot models to be paired with your code in a simulated match environment. This workshop will help members of your team learn how to utilize Synthesis to its fullest extent enabling you to test your robot design, have driver practice, and test code before completing the manufacturing process.
-Autodesk Interns

Student Panel
During this panel discussion students will share, “What they wish they would have known their first year on a robotics team.”  Please come with questions for our panelists.
-presented by FIRST students

Rules are Rules Not Suggestions
Robot inspection, at competition, can be a painful experience for some teams.  We will show you what to expect, during the inspection process, and how you can pass the robot inspection, with attention to the robot rules, including bumpers, during the build season.
-Presented by Kyle Watson and Denise Cardinali

Proficiency-Based Course Credit for Robotics
Interested in providing course credit to your robotics students?  Learn how FRC Team 1425 and the West Linn- Wilsonville School district paired up to provide customized PBC course credit, mapped to NGSS and CC Standards, to their students.  We will provide you with a sample syllabus and the course materials needed to get started in your own district. 
-Presented by Christopher Shotola-Hardt & Stephanie Briggler, #1425

Beginning  LabVIEW    TANK DRIVE-NO JOYSTICK
This class is designed for anyone new to programming or robotics AND is interested in learning how to program a computer.  We will construct a basic FRC LabVIEW robot program which can be driven on the LabVIEW Simulator or a live robot.  If you arrive with LabVIEW installed on a laptop, you can follow along.  This class should be considered mandatory if you do not have a JAVA or C++ guru on your team.
-Presented by Jim Chastian

Control Systems Q&A
The second session will include a discussion session, where a wired-up control system will be available to look at, touch, poke and prod.  This is aimed at being more of a Q & A, and will focus on the practical side of wiring the robot and making it reliable.  Tips learned from many teams are included in this session.
-Presented by Tim Bennington-Davis

FIRST Robotics Manipulators
The FIRST definition of a manipulator is a device that moves the games piece from where it is to where it needs to be. Each game presents a unique challenge as to  how the game pieces can be acquired and where it needs to go. This seminar presents an overview of FIRST robotics manipulators with examples of approaches and key design considerations. 
-Presented by Bruce Whitefield, Mentor, Team 2471

Robot Scouter:  Past, Present & Future
Robot Scouter is back for round two with a renewed focus on improving the core scouting experience.  Come to FIRST Fair and find out what new and exciting features will be available for this next season (like Auto Scout) and learn tips and tricks on how best to take full advantage of Robot Scouter's suite of tools.
-Presented by Alex Saveau, #2521

FRC 101 for Rookies – Robot Control
The robot needs more than wheels to move.  This session will introduce the basic concepts of FRC robot control from the driver station to electronics and software.
-Presented by the FIRST Force Team

2:00 pm

FRC Synthesis
Synthesis is a FRC game simulator that allows for your teams’ CAD robot models to be paired with your code in a simulated match environment. This workshop will help members of your team learn how to utilize Synthesis to its fullest extent enabling you to test your robot design, have driver practice, and test code before completing the manufacturing process.
-Autodesk Interns

Robot Vision
This seminar will cover some best practices for getting your robot to aim at a goal.  No prior knowledge is required.  We will give an overview of vision in FRC and help you determine when you need it.  This class will also teach how to point at the target, hardware choices, detecting targets, control techniques, estimating distance and best practices.
-Presented by Bob Croucher, Mentor, #2471

 

Equality in Recruiting
During this session discover the importance and benefits of having a fully diverse team.  Learn how to focus your energy as we delve into the specifics of how to go about putting diversity recruiting into action.
-Presented by team Confidential, #4125

 

How to Find Sponsors 

It takes more than luck to find monetary support for your team.  Learn the steps to prospect, meet and increase the number of financial partnerships that say "yes" so your budget will be as strong as your robot!
-Presented by Cindy Lebeau, Development Director ORTOP

Advanced LabVIEW -- Image Processing and Tracking Targets
RoboRio bandwidth limits image processing for any FRC robot programs.   This class will develop image processing capabilities for the Driver Station and relay control signals to the RoboRIO.  We will run the TANK DRIVE-NO JOYSTICK to demonstrate the procedure.  Anyone with LabVIEW installed on a laptop is welcome to follow the example. 
-Presented by Jim Chastian

Drivetrains 201
The most important part of and FRC robot is the drive train.  It’s also the part most taken for granted.  Learn about what makes a good drive train and what makes a great one.  Among other things we’ll discuss, in non-mathematical terms, some of the physics involved and common mistakes teams make.
-Presented by Dale Yocum, head coach and mentor #1540

Wiring Techniques
When wiring an FRC robot there are concerns beyond just following the rules and correctly connecting electronic components. These are the 3 "R's" of wiring:  Reliability, Repairability and Radiance.  This class will cover some of the techniques that Shockwave has learned over the years and discuss some of the advantages of thinking about wiring beyond just carrying electrons to the correct destinations.-Presented by Bret Toll team #4488

Digital Scouting Systems
Tired of dealing with boxes of paper forms, clipboards, pens, and manual data entry into spreadsheets? This class will present a framework for the design, construction, and use of a digital scouting system for pit scouting, match scouting, and alliance selection.
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Presented by CV Briggler, #1425

Traveling with a team & How to feed them Come learn how to feed a robotics team and how to make traveling easier.  Feeding 50 robot builders is really much easier than building a robot or understanding the game rules.  Sharing your tips is welcomed!
-Presented by Denise Cardinali

3:00

Closing Ceremonies "Ask me a question?"
-Panel Discussion from FIRST Robotics Competition Mentors