Join our Java education livestream on Nov 13

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Richard McMullin from Ontario is a Java Expert and has run a number of popular sessions on Java for FTC and FLL. He will be joining Craig and Max tonight to talk about the fundamentals of setting up your Java environment. This podcast is most useful to those teams with some Java experience. Please join us Monday, November 13 for this live stream. You can tune in through our YouTube channel here.

FRS Education Series Livestream

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Today’s edition of FRS Education Series is the first of a two part session on strategy. These two sessions will be covering off Strategy as it primarily relates to FRC and FTC.

This session will be live streamed on our YouTube channel

The first half of today’s session will be focused on, after the game reveal, how do you get started? How do you put together a design and build strategy to achieve your goals? The second half of today’s session is focused on a commonly overlooked but critical aspect to game play: scouting. What are the different types of scouting, what to look for when scouting and how to use this valuable information.

The next Strategy session will focus on game and match strategy as well as the role of the drive team.

Join our Calgary Electronics Class!

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FIRST Robotics Society, its Student Board, and BusBoard Prototype Systems (www.BusBoard.com) are hosting a day-long basic electronics class on Sunday Oct 15 at Bow Valley College, downtown Calgary. Space is available for up to 175 students. We are recording this event to use as a later webinar for off-site students (date TBD).

Preliminary Class Outline:

The first half of the day will focus on basic electricity, wiring, and troubleshooting skills. Each student will receive a Junior Genius Kit #1-Blinky Lights with 60 page manual which we will work through as a group. The presenter (Scot Kornak from BusBoard) will lead everyone through this hands-on course step-by-step with a powerpoint presentation, but each team should have a mentor or leader present to help students as needed.

Topics covered include:
• Introduction to basic parts, LEDS, resistors, capacitors, transistors
• series & parallel circuits, wiring and connections
• how a breadboard works to build prototype circuits
• basic LED circuits, light up LEDs, series & parallel circuits
• voltage and current
• reading assembly diagrams and schematics
• transistors and electronic switching
• make the 2 transistor blinky light circuit

The second half of the day will explore how to connect circuits to a controller like the FIRST roboRio or a simpler controller like an Arduino or Teensy. These simpler boards may be used to add robot features (non-movement or control features, as per the rules). Various input and output circuits will be built to see how they work (without programming or connecting to an actual controller).
• digital vs. analog electronics, digital logic
• introduction to integrated circuit (I.C.’s) and gates
• switches, transistors, relays, and diodes
• a simple on-off motor H-bridge drive using relays
• transistor H-bridge motor drives and PWM
• making devices talk: introduction to serial data, SPI, I2C, CAN

Cost: $30 CDN – Participants will receive a Junior Genius #1-Blinky Light kit (with breadboard and 60 page manual) and supplemental FIRST training day bonus parts including a DC motor with gearbox and wheels.
Links:
www.JuniorGeniusKits.com/FIRST
www.frcwest.com
www.BusBoard.com

Tickets are available through EventBrite to purchase spots for your team at this event.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/basic-electronics-training-day-tickets-37744338332

To get more information about the FRC/FTC training day, send an email to info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)busboard.com and we’ll let you know further details when available.

Note: Mentors and teachers may take a seat and work through the kit along with the students to get hands-on electronics practice. We highly recommend it if you haven’t assembled circuits before. Please buy the extra tickets on-line when you purchase tickets for your students.

Crown Cup Schedule – February 25 2017

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Crown Cup Schedule

Registration begins 7am – 8am 7:00am – 8:00am All teams sign in, pay fee’s, and move to designated pit area
Team Welcome in Pits 8am – 8:15 8:00am – 8:15am Director welcomes team and provides brief instructions
Practice tables open 8:30am-3pm 8:30am – 3 pm Teams must schedule practice rounds with pit supervisor
Judging 8:30am to 2pm 8:30am – 2:00pm Core Values, Report, and Robot Design in Classrooms by Competition Fields.
Performance rounds 10am-2:15 10:00am – 2:15pm On field competitions
Lunch 12:00 12:30 12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch Break for Volunteers. Teams lunch according to their schedule
Guest Speakers 3:00 – 4pm 3:00pm – 4:00pm All teams meet in EAST Atrium for Brian Keating’s talk
Closing and Awards Presentations 4 – 4:30 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Crown Cup Map

2017 FRC Kickoff @ SAIT

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7am…  Doors open  SAIT ALDRED Centre outside room CA119

8am…  Introduction and Opening Remarks

8:30am…  Beginning of Kickoff Broadcast from FIRST

9:30am…  Kit distribution and checkoff

10am…  Teams break off into IDEA rooms for strategy meetings

11 am…  Closing remarks

12pm-4pm… classrooms open to teams for informal strategy sessions and team planning. ( optional ) Note: First senior mentors and experts will be available for questions and support during this time

12 am  SAIT RI3D begins and continues for three days

Calgary FLL Cancelled?

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ccc-image001Did you see that?
Seems that the Alberta Youth Robotics Society cancelled the Calgary FLL competition run by your FIRST Robotics Society.
ccc-image004 You probably planned on attending. Well, so did we… and we already booked a GREAT venue, the sound system, volunteers and a whole bunch of FLL tables.

So we figured if we have all this ready, why not compete?

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That’s right, GAME ON!

FIRST Robotics Society Western Canada has announced the Canada Crown Cup FLL tournament in Calgary, which you can read all about here!

Crown Cup of Canada FLL Tournament Announced!

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You and your FLL team are hereby invited to participate in the FLL Crown Cup of Canada competition, presented by FIRST Robotics Society of Western Canada and the same incredible volunteers that have made FLL dreams come true for years.

Same place, same time. No need to adjust your calendar, no need to make new field trip forms! Already have a hotel reservation? Keep it! Booked a bus? Yellow or silver, no need for a new map for the driver.crowncupcanadalogo
Crown Cup of Canada FLL Competition
Animal Allies
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
February 25, 2017
Open to all teams from anywhere
Tournament fee: $100/team

Tournament registration opens at 3:00 p.m. MST December 1, 2016 at http://frcwest.com/crown-cup-of-canada-registration/

Register now, limited spots available!

Join the Excitement!

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Get involved in student robotics today! Students from kindergarten to grade 12 are gearing up for this year’s competitions at all levels! Watch this video to see a little about our top competitive level FRC, then contact us if your school would like to get involved in Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC or FRC!