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Title: Things Every FRC Team Should Know


1
Things Every FRC Team Should Know
  • Glenn Lee Team 359 The Hawaiian Kids
  • Collin Fultz FRC Team Advocate

2
FIRST is not just for Technology Enthusiasts
  • Variety of skills are needed
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Team Spirit
  • Technology
  • FIRST Promotes Inclusion
  • Opportunities for hands-on STEM learning for
    non-traditional or underserved populations

3
FRC Calendar Year
  • FRC Calendar
  • Pre-Season
  • Kickoff (first Saturday in January)
  • Build Season (6 weeks)
  • Week Zero Events
  • Stop Build Day
  • Competition Season (7 weeks)
  • Championship (April)
  • Off Season (mid-May to mid-November)

4
Its Going To Take Time (a whole lot of precious
time)
  • Average Mentor Volunteer Hours/ Week
  • In Season (Kickoff to Championship)
  • 4-7 Hours 5
  • 12-19 Hours 25
  • 30 Hours 28
  • Off Season
  • 4-7 Hours 31
  • 12-19 Hours 10
  • 30 Hours 4
  • Tips to Avoid Burnout
  • Take breaks
  • Dont completely abandon your non-FIRST friends
    and family
  • Get others involved to share the load and
    maintain energy

5
Its Going To Take Money (a whole lot of spending
money)
  • Registration Fee
  • Regionals vs. Districts
  • Other Costs
  • Robot Parts (including spares)
  • Construction Materials (for robot and practice
    field)
  • Tools/Equipment
  • Team Uniforms/Mascot
  • Travel to Events
  • Outreach Activities
  • Unexpected Costs (be prepared!)

6
How Much Spending Money?
  • Example Budget from Team 2470 (The Blitz Team),
    posted to the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit
  • NOTE Team Budgets vary widely
  • Range 6,000 to 100,000
  • Most Common 10,000-20,000 (28)

7
Where to Find Resources Support
  • Know what you Need
  • Develop a Budget Business Plan
  • Examples in the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit
  • Its Difficult to Meet Needs Through Fundraising
    Alone
  • Seek out partnerships and other long-term
    resources
  • Apply for grants
  • Seek In-Kind Donations, Not Just Cash
  • Ask for donations of service/equipment- from
    equipment rental to pizza
  • Find Local Resources
  • Meet with parents and mentors to develop a list
    of possible sponsors/partnerships
  • Grants
  • NASA Grants
  • Rookie Grants

8
Its Going To Take Mentors (to give their
patience and time)
  • Mentors and Parents are the Backbone of your Team
  • Where to Look
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Sponsors
  • Parents
  • Alumni
  • What to Look For
  • Skills your team needs (technical and
    non-technical)
  • Redundancy is good

9
What Kinds of Mentors?
  • From the Business Plan of Team 1625
    (Winnovation), posted to the FIRST Fundraising
    Toolkit

10
Be Organized
  • Run your Team like a Business
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Provide leadership opportunities for experienced
    members
  • Train new mentors (ensure knowledge/experience
    stays with the team)

11
Team Organizational Chart
Robotics Documentation
Robotics Outreach
Robot Construction
FRC Team 359
Robotics Administration
Robotics Support
12
Robotics Administration
Coordination Planning Finances Fundraising Class
Setup Schedule Team meetings Purchase Orders Team
Travel Grant Financial Support
13
Robot Construction
ROBOT CONSTRUCTION Rules of Competition Kick-Off
Meeting
Rules Person Student Team Captain
ROBOT ASSEMBLY COMPETITION TEAM Autodesk
Inventor, SolidWorks, AutoCAD Operational
Prototype Final Robot Controls Fabrication Spare
Parts Pit Crew Driver Selection Tactician Scouting
ROBOT SUPPORT Field Goal Fabrication Crate
Modification Cart Modification Control
Fabrication Fabrication Training Field
Setup Safety Captain
Control Systems Robot Programming Autonomous
Mode Electrical Pneumatics Controls Layout Driver
Station
14
Work Flow
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Robot Assembly Tasks
  • Prototyping, Drive/Chassis Fabrication
    Subsystem Design
  • Subsystem Fabrication Drive/Chassis Assembly
  • Drive/Chassis Testing Subsystem Bench Testing
  • Driver Practice
  • Subsystem Integration Final Assembly
  • Driver Practice
  • Final Testing
  • Robot Support Tasks
  • Fabricate Field, Goals, Etc.
  • Complete Field Start Fabrication Training, if
    any
  • Build/Update Control (wood) Cart
  • Build/Fix Crate
  • Dead Time
  • Fabrication Training Tasks
  • Mill, Lathe, Cut-Off Saw, Band Saw, etc.
    Familiarization
  • Continue As Time Permits
  • Robot Parts Continue As Time Permits
  • Robot Spare Parts Fabrication
  • Spare Parts Fabrication
  • Game Parts Overview
  • State the Challenge
  • Brainstorming
  • Select Robot Design Parameters
  • Define Human Player Other Team Functions

15
Robotics Support
Robotics Support Coordination Planning
Robotics Regional Support Team Uniforms Team
Agenda Booklet Team Schedule
Activities Spirit items-Buttons, Pencils,
Magnets, Calculators Banners Collection of
Payments/Dues-Admissions Meals Raffles and Trivia
Robotics 6-week meal schedule Snacks Lunch Supervi
sion support
16
Team Documentation
Team Documentation Digital Media
Production Multimedia Presentations Facilities
Tours STEM Outreach Events
Team Web Page, Animation Video, Team Video
Documentary Web page design-Adobe, Animation
Tutorials Team Roster and Organization Video
Tutorials Team Updates Photos, Instagram,
Twitter, FaceBook Evidence of Student
Learning Post-Secondary Plans
Competition Awards, Mentor/Student Awards, Pit
Crew Manual, Engineering Design Manual, Safety
Manual, Business Plan, Annual Team
Documentation Supporting documents Media,
newspaper, Interviews
17
Community Recognition Outreach
  • Participate in Community Events- as much as
    possible!
  • Join local parades and other activities
  • Set up a display at your local library, sporting
    events, etc.
  • Press releases to local media
  • Show Off Awards Trophies
  • Display in school/organization trophy case
  • Post to social media
  • Reach out to Alumni

18
TEAM 359 COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Maintaining robotics in Hawaii the Hawaii FRC
Regional ?Hawaii Robotics Planning
Committee ?Waialua STEM Learning Center Promoting
STEM in Hawaii ?Working with Governor Lingle to
promote STEM FIRST in Hawaii ?Robot
demonstrations at engineering events Ex
Engineering Week (Kahala Mall)
  • Sponsorship of School- oriented Projects clubs
  • ?Blood Drive
  • ?Christmas Parade
  • Community Service
  • ?Beach Clean-up
  • ?Annual Robotics Open House
  • Dole Robotics Fundraiser Luau

Other Teams -Uses of facilities, materials and
equipment -Access to mentors -Sharingideas Support
Feeder Oranizations -Through funding
coordination STEM Workshops -Sustainability -Grant
Writing -Business Plan
19
Dont Know Where To Start?
  • Reach out to
  • Regional Director
  • FIRST Senior Mentor
  • VISTA
  • Other FRC Teams
  • FRC Team Support
  • 603-666-3906, x0
  • frcteams_at_usfirst.org

20
Other Resources
  • Progression of Programs (Jr.FLL, FLL, FTC)
  • Chief Delphi
  • FRC Resources
  • Kit of Parts (www.usfirst.org/frc/kitofparts)
  • Technical (www.usfirst.org/frc/technicalresources)
  • General (http//www.usfirst.org/frc/resources)
  • Look for changes to the FRC website to make these
    easier to find

21
Thank You for Watching!
  • Next Behind the Lines Episode
  • 2015 Control System Introduction
  • Wednesday, October 15th
  • 800 PM (ET)
  • Experts
  • Representatives from the Control System Design
    Team
  • This episode will be followed up with another
    discussion featuring Beta Test Teams
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