Date:  November 19, 2016

Location:  VCU School of Engineering West Hall, 601 W Main St., Richmond, VA 23284

Register:  https://virginiafirst.formstack.com/forms/frc_workshop_signup

Cost: $7 per person includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Workshops for everyone - technical, non-technical, rookie, veteran!

 

2016 Workshop Schedule - Check-In Begins 8:00am
Session Auditorium Room 103 Room 104 Room 105 Room 106 Room 301

Opening

Remarks

8:30-8:45

Introduction

Guest Speakers

 Session 1

8:50-9:50

 Chairman's

PTC

Hands-On

FTC

Meet the Field

Inventor for

Beginners

 Java for

Beginners (1 of 2)

Motors and

Drive Train

Session 2

10:00-11:00 

 Safety PTC

Hands-On

FTC

Meet the Field

Inventor for

Beginners

 Java for

Beginners (2 of 2) 

Coach/Mentor

Roundtable

Session 3

11:10-12:10 

Scouting 101 

PTC

Hands-On

FTC

Meet the Field

Inventor

Intermediate

Java

Advanced 

Coach/Mentor

Roundtable

Lunch

12:15-1:15

Session 4

1:20-2:20

Inspection

& Bumpers

PTC

Hands-On

FTC

Meet the Field

Inventor

Q & A

Motor Control

Module: Mindsensors

3D Printing

& Design 

Session 5

2:30-3:30

Chairman's

Inspection

& Bumpers 

FTC

Meet the Field

Scouting 101 

Motor Control

Module: Mindsensors

Motors and

Drive Train 


2016 Workshops Sponsored by:

InSource Solutions VCU

 

Workshop Descriptions:

Chairman’s - Ann Kutz and Cheryl Kaplan, Blue Cheese Mentors, FRC team 1086
Tips on how to submit, prepare and present for the Chairman’s Award. Blue Cheese will help you make your Chairman’s even “Cheddar”!

Coach/Mentor Roundtable - Kevin 'KP' Pardus, FIRST Senior Mentor (moderator)
These sessions are good for new, current and potential coaches and mentors to discuss challenges teams are facing and possible solutions as well as ways FIRST Chesapeake teams can assist each other. Coaches and mentors will be able to develop one-on-one connections which can be utilized throughout the upcoming season and beyond. Plus, a discussion on mentor burn-out, if you are currently or will be in the future this is a meeting not to miss.

Inspection and Bumpers – Chuck Grieninger, FRC Inspector & RoboHawks Mentor, FRC team 346
Are you baffled by the inspection process and bumper assembly? Discover how to successfully navigate thru the inspection process in a timely manner and the rules and guidelines associated with bumpers, different techniques and fabrics used to cover the frame perimeter of the robot.

Inventor – Malachi Landis, Robo Hawks , FRC team 346

Inventor for Beginners - Learn to use CAD software provided to FIRST team members. Will discuss general CAD design concepts to assist in development of a virtually assembled robot. Initial software usage including basic sketch and extrude commands, as well as material assignment and determination of mass properties. Will include discussion of a data library as well as use of KOP files in design.
Inventor for Advanced Users - Discussion to include assignment of materials, BOM and drawing creation. Assembly techniques, including constraint and joint, will be reviewed. Time saving tips as well as data library and use of vendor supplied files will be presented. Variations on design and parallel design development will be reviewed.

Java for Beginners (FRC) - Matt Lythgoe, Assistant coach/software mentor Triple Helix, FRC team 2363
This will be an introductory course in Java Command Based programming. The discussed topics will be advantages and disadvantages, program structure and the basic files, coding a robot to drive, and driving in autonomous.

Java Intermediate (FRC) - Matt Lythgoe, Assistant coach/software mentor Triple Helix, FRC team 2363
This course will cover topics like creating reusable commands, command groups, sensors, and advanced commands.


Motors and Drive Train - Paul Elkovich, RoboHawks Mentor, FRC team 346
This session will explore various Chassis & Drive Train configurations; including Transmission & Motor selection available to use on FRC robots. Ideas will be shared for the benefits of each and how to implement them to coordinate with your team strategy.

Motor Controller Module - Nitin Patil & Deepak Patil, mindsensors.com
Learn about the new motor controller approved by FIRST - firsthand information from mindsensors.com
This workshop will cover some basics of Motor Control, efficiency and some key features like Linearity along with how to use the SD540 motor controller. Other topics: the main features of the controller and how to use them in most effective manner, what other things they may need in order to integrate SD540 in their robots and what are the good practices to follow while wiring and using. The workshop will also cover the API to use with RoboRio so teams can use it more effectively.

PTC – Hands-on Workshop - Joseph Thompson, Market Lead, PTC & Jon Jarvis, Director, Tridium
The PTC workshop is one of the best ways to ensure that you will be successful as a team in this year’s competition. PTC offers this workshop because we believe that the better you understand the product development process, the more successful your experience will be in designing and competing with your robot. This workshop will show how to best use PTC tools throughout the key steps of the product development process including concept development, detailed design, manufacturing build and product support. We will be providing laptop computers with software for the workshop. If students choose to bring their own laptops, they must have the software installed prior to the workshop. Students can find software, interactive conferences and training materials at the PTC FIRST website: www.ptc.com/go/first

Safety - Shyanne Rankins, Blue Cheese Mentor, FRC team 1086
Learn what it takes to keep your team safe during build season and at competitions. This is important training for any team member, mentor or team Safety Captain.

Scouting 101 - Alex Kaplan, Blue Cheese Mentor, FRC team 1086
One of the most important competition aspects of FRC, scouting other teams, is too frequently overlooked. This workshop will provide teams with tips and resources to develop a great strategy built on great scouting.

3D Printing Basics – Design for Additive Manufacturing AKA 3D Printing by Zack and Alex Kaplan
Additive Manufacturing can change how you design robots. This session will focus on how to make the most of your 3d printing and how you can use it to improve your build season.