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Technology Enrichment Sessions

Dear GeorgiaFIRST Teams,

We are excited to release the 2018 Technology Enrichment Session schedule! Below you can find a list of all nine dates, topics, and all necessary information for this fall’s sessions. Anyone from any FIRST program is invited to attend! We hope to create connections between teams and FIRST programs through these sessions.

New this year, we are implementing a more structured curriculum and introducing three tracks with three sessions each: Strategic Decisions, Computing Principles, and Mechanical Design. We will rotate the weekly sessions with subjects from each of the three tracks. Feel free to attend the sessions from just the track you’re interested in, or even mix and match! The idea behind the technical track system is that if a student attends all three sessions of that track, they will begin the upcoming season with a solid foundation in that area. We are very excited about this change, and we hope that it stimulates good conversations within the Georgia FIRST community.

For security and parking reasons, we will need you to RSVP to the sessions you plan on attending! A link to each session’s form is listed below. If you intend to bring a bus, please let us know at least a week in advance by emailing us at outreach@robojackets.org.

The parking lot at our shop, 555 14th Street, has recently been converted to a paid ParkMobile lot (#8627). Please make sure you download the ParkMobile app from your app store before coming to campus for a low-stress parking experience!

As per Georgia Tech policy, participants in Technology Enrichment Sessions are required to fill out a Parental Request to Participate as well as a Model Release form. Please have both forms completed for each attendee before the first session they attend. You can find those on our website here.

You spoke, we listened! The results of the poll we sent out a few months ago indicated that the majority of people were available Saturday mornings.

The presentations will begin at 10:00 am, however, teams are welcome to arrive starting at 9:30 am. Additionally, we expect presentations to end around 11:30 am with additional time allocated for questions at the end. If you’d like to add the schedule to your calendar software, please visit the RoboJackets calendar and use the button at the bottom right.

We’re working on setting up live streams for each session for those teams that can’t participate in person – stay tuned for further updates.

We’re excited to see you all at our space very soon!

Sarah Storer

Georgia Institute of Technology 2019

RoboJackets | https://robojackets.org

TE Session Webpage https://robojackets.org/te-sessions/

TE Session Calendar https://robojackets.org/calendar/action~agenda/cat_ids~8,45/request_format~html/


2018 Technology Enrichment Session Schedule

Statistics Driven Alliance Selection – Strategic Decisions Track

Date: September 8th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by G3 Robotics, FRC Team 1648

RSVP HERE

During the 2018 season, 105 of 152 events were won by the #1 seed. Just under 4% of events were won by a six, seven, or eight seed (“long-shots”). In the Peachtree district, there have been no long-shot alliances ever to win an event. In fact, the six and seven seeds have only reached the finals once between them (3.125%), and the eight seed has never escaped the quarterfinals. The goal of this presentation is to examine the case of the upset and the longshot to reveal the way to creative and logical tournament decisions.


Custom Gearbox Design – Mechanical Design Track

Date: September 15th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by IHOT, FRC Team 1414

RSVP HERE

This session will be most helpful for experienced teams, but should still contain some useful information for newer teams. The presentation will discuss the purpose of custom gearboxes, introduce important calculations needed for designing gearboxes (motor system sizing and center distance calculations), and walk through designing a custom gearbox from scratch with CAD. If you can, please bring a laptop with your CAD platform. We will be using SolidWorks, but the principles will still apply if you are using Inventor, OnShape, or something else.


BREAK FROM TE SESSIONS FOR PEACH BLITZ

Date: September 22nd, 2018

For more information, visit the Peach Blitz website at peachblitz.org


Introduction to Control Systems – Computing Principles Track

Date: September 29th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by IHOT, FRC Team 1414

RSVP HERE

This session is intended for teams getting started with control systems in FRC. We will introduce the need for control systems and how they can benefit your robot performance. We will also discuss topics such as Bang-Bang Control, PID Control, Motion Profiling, and how to use the closed-loop features of the Talon SRX. The goal of this presentation is to get you writing control loops as soon as possible.


Increasing Impact through Strategic Digital Media – Strategic Decisions Track

Date: October 6th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by Reset Robotics, FRC Team 6325

RSVP HERE

Having trouble getting your word out there? Being recognized? Marketing can help with all of these problems. It will help raise awareness of your team and reputation, and it will help you attract students that have the same goals that you do. A strategic approach to digital media can take your team to the next level.


BREAK FROM TE SESSIONS FOR GRITS

Date: October 13th, 2018

For more information, visit the GeorgiaFIRST website at www.gafirst.org.


BREAK FROM TE SESSIONS FOR ROBOTICS SYMPOSIUM

Date: October 20th, 2018

For more information, visit the GeorgiaFIRST website at www.gafirst.org.


Effective Usage of COTS Parts – Mechanical Design Track

Date: October 27th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by M’Aiken Magic, FRC Team 1102
RSVP HERE

With limited time, limited tools, and even with a limited budget, your team can still build a very strong competitive robot that can make it a long way into Saturday afternoon playoffs. Utilizing components from common factory automation suppliers and some amazing FIRST Robotics suppliers, you can really level up your experience, learn a lot about effective design, and inspire your teammates and/or students to take the next steps with their own designs.


Software Craftsmanship in FRC – Computing Principles Track

Date: November 3rd, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by Ignite Robotics, FRC Team 6829

RSVP HERE

SOLID principles are a set of 5 principles intended to make software designs more understandable, flexible and maintainable. This class will cover the concepts of SOLID and how you can apply them in FRC to write better quality code.


Competition Scouting Techniques – Strategic Decisions Track

Date: November 10th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by East Cobb Robotics, FRC Team 4910

RSVP HERE

Being able to build, program and wire a robot are all things that almost every team knows how to do. However, there is more to FIRST competitions than showing up with a robot. A major factor that sets apart teams such as those in California and Texas from most Georgia teams isn’t just the physical quality of their robots; it’s their ability to create algorithms which determine the best way to win. This session will cover techniques you can use in your team to establish your scouting program.


The Importance of Manufacturability – Mechanical Design Track

Date: November 17th, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by Team OTTO, FRC Team 1746

RSVP HERE

Every FRC team member knows the feeling of staying up on bag day to finish the robot, wishing that you had just one more day. Many teams overlook time as a resource and don’t value the impact of manufacturability. Our presentation will cover the importance of designing a robot that is quick to build and maintain, and offer tips for planning your robot to be more manufacturable.


2019 Season Programming Overview – Computing Principles Track

Date: December 1st, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Presented by Ignite Robotics, FRC Team 6829

RSVP HERE

In the 2019 season FIRST is making changes that Java and C++ programmers will need to know. FIRST is changing IDEs, with Visual Studio Code the new supported tool for programming Java and C++. We’ll cover how to upgrade your current code, create a new project, and deploying to the robot. Additionally, under the covers, FIRST is moving to Gradle and GradleRio to deploy code. We’ll cover some options with Gradle, and how they can be used to provide code traceability from git to the robot.

We’re excited to see you all at our space very soon!

Sarah Storer

Georgia Institute of Technology 2019

RoboJackets | https://robojackets.org