Check back this month for information on 2017 workshops.

Date:  October 14, 2017

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

Register:  https://virginiafirst.formstack.com/forms/2017_frc_workshop_signup

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

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

2017 Workshops Sponsored by:

InSource Solutions VCU

2017 Workshop Descriptions:

C++ Programming – Morgan Clemons, FIRST Robotics CSA and mentor for team 1080. 
For this session some basic programming experience will be assumed, but even programmers with minimal experience should be able to keep up and learn the basics in this workshop. Taught as a single session part a and part b. It is acceptable for programmers to attend only one section. 
Part A. basics of writing and deploying code to get your robot moving on the field. A basic introduction to C++ control structures and familiarize participants with motor controllers and power regulating devices.
Part B. Taking teams already comfortable with basic robot code to next level. Exploring intelligent control of robot subsystems, driving autonomously, how to utilize encoders, switches, and sensors.

Chairman’s – Blue Cheese Mentors, FRC team 1086 
They will be on hand to offer 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 
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.

Control System Troubleshooting “How not to need a CSA this season” – Morgan Clemons CSA and Mentor for 1080 
Learn how to plan and diagram your robots wiring to maximize functionality and minimize hassles throughout the season. Presenter will walk you through electrical layout, wire routing and proper labeling. Learn how to troubleshoot your robots control system to isolate issues and make on the fly repairs to get you back on the field in time for your next match.

Inspection and Bumpers
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 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 – 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 – 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 –Team 1086, Blue Cheese
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.

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 
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.

Social Media Strategies & Marketing 101 – Sara Bailey, Former FIRST Chesapeake Social Media Coordinator 
In this workshop, participants will learn how to create sustainable social networking and social media crowdfunding accounts. We will set up and customize social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Learn the most efficient and effective strategies to broadening your professional social network!

 2017 Workshop schedule coming soon! Last year's schedule is below:

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