On Saturday, January 6th, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams from all over Alberta met at SAIT to view the live broadcast of the 2018 Game Reveal and Kick Off!
FIRST POWER UPSM finds FIRST® Robotics Competition teams trapped in an 8-bit video game. Each three-team alliance has three ways to help defeat the boss: Tipping the scale or the alliance’s switch in their favor to earn points, exchanging power cubes for power ups (force, boost, and levitate) to gain a temporary advantage during the match, and climbing the scale tower to face the boss. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match, which includes autonomous and teleoperated periods, defeats the boss and wins the game.
Over the next six weeks, teams will design, build, program, and test their robots to meet this season’s engineering challenge. Once their robot is built, teams will participate in the Canadian Rockies Regional at the Genesis Centre in Calgary, to compete against teams from USA, Mexico, Turkey and Germany.
If you missed the live broadcast you can still watch the full details below or check out FIRST® Robotics Competition YouTube Channel for the video playlist of the FIRST POWER UPSM Challenge.
On December 2nd, 2017 FIRST Robotics Society hosted the first ever Auto-Nation Invasion practice competition at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta. This event included all four levels of FIRST®.
FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. showcased their AQUA ADVENTURESM progress on their Team Model and Show Me Board. Thank you to Ultra Master Water Surfers (Team 11227) and Ultra Mega Golden Dragons (Team 12225) of Calgary, Alberta for coming out and showing off their surfing simulator and dog park fountain. Fantastic innovations on both projects!
FIRST® LEGO® League teams began their very first challenge of the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season. LEGO® EV3 bots navigated throughout an exciting field of challenges such as pipe removals, man-hole covers, water treatment, collection and applications. What an incredible turnout with 10 teams! Thank you to Aqua Narwhales, MicroWave, Prehistoric Programmers, Nose Creek Kodiaks, Bragg Creek Robotics, University of Calgary The Spray and Unicorns of the Sea, Okotoks Waterlords, Blue Tech & H20 for your participation!
Four teams with FIRST® TECH Challenge came to test their robots in this head to head challenge. SWAT Bots, Data Wolves, Canmore OLS & Xplorobotics showed off their Relic Recovery skills by scoring glyphs into the cryptoboxes and completing rows,
column, and ciphers, transferring relics to the recovery zone, retrieving jewels, parking their robot on the balancing stones, and navigating to specific parts of the playing field!
The highlight of the day was the FIRST® Robotics Competitions BetaBots Challenge. Teams competed against each other in this first ever Pollen Action event. Thank you to all teams who came out to compete, and Congratulations to Team 5630, the Nomads on winning first place this unique competition!
Quality Award for superb execution went to Team 6351, Rundle College whose machine was built with an exceptionally thought out and detailed plan in mind.
Innovation in Control Award went to Rookie Team 7277, Mandela Robotics for solid programming, innovating while addressing the game’s challenge and building a reliable robot able to withstand the stress of competition.
Creativity Award went to Team 1482, Grandin Ghosts. This team created this device/strategy rather than discovering it once the robot was built. This team was also the highest ball shooter of the day.
Judges Award went to Team 4733, Scarlett Robotics whose perseverance shined when it came to troubleshooting their robot. This circumstance showed that the team fully embraced the principles of FIRST®, thereby catching the judge’s attention.
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this incredible event! A very special thank you to our sponsors DOW, SAIT & the Government of Alberta, whose generous contributions continue to help us to inspire young people to become the science and technology leaders of tomorrow!
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.
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
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.
The 2017 FRC FIRST STEAMWORKS Western Canada Regional is April 6-8 at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval. Join us as we welcome high school robotics teams from Austalia, China, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, the USA, and Canada as they compete for robotics glory!
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!
Beakerhead is a mash-up of events all promoting science, technology, math and engineering, with exciting demos from Sep 14-18 2016. Take a look at the official event page, and make sure to visit our own robot demos…
Drag Racing RobotsStephen’s Ave (Sept 14-16, 4-6pm)
See competition robots speed down the avenue in this furious one-on-one race to win the coveted mini-cup!
Robot Competition by Night Bridgeland (Sept 17, 7pm-11pm)
See a full FRC level robot competition played in the dark, with robots all aglow!
Mars Replica Rover Birthday Party Fort Calgary (Sept 18, 12pm-1pm)
See a replica of the Mars lander navigate the sandbox, while other robots try their best at a game of soccer.
From August 11 – 14, the China Urban Youth Robotics Alliance (CUYRA) hosted several FRC teams from around the world at the China Robotics Challenge in Shanghai, a tournament designed to mimic the 2016 FRC Stronghold competition.
Representing Western Canada was Team 4334 Alberta Tech Alliance, who completed the competition as OVERALL WINNERS!!!
Big congratulations to Team 4334, and a big thank you to their sponsors as well as the host, CUYRA, for inviting one of our Western Canadian teams!