Hello FIRST Community! Please join us as we Kickoff the 2019-20 FIRST Tech Challenge season SKYSTONE!
Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2019 Locations: TELUS World of Science, Edmonton SAIT, Aldred Centre, Calgary Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Special thank you to our sponsors, Dow Canada, TELUS World of Science and SAIT for making this event possible.
FTC Teams, there will be demo fields with this years challenge. Feel free to bring your robot from last year to drive around. If you would like to invite your sponsors, please email Katherine(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com
Share this: The third level of FIRST® programs is called the FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC). It is a program for students from grades 7 to 12. It teaches students team work, design, building, and programming in one intense collaboration package. 250+ students gathered for this exciting FTC event at Telus World of Science in Edmonton.
Teams Cyber Eagles from Strathcona Christian Academy, Sherwood Park, Helios from École Maurice-Lavallée, Edmonton and OLS from Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy, Canmore were the top contenders for that weekend! Congratulations to this alliance!
Cyber Eagles were also honored with the FTC Alberta Winning Alliance Captain Award and was the Helios was the Inspire Award winner of the weekend! Special note to the following award winners as well:
Judges Award Winner, team Jasmine of Calgary
Think Award Winner, team Wilson Robotics of Lethbridge
Connect Award Winner, team Legal Circuit Breakers of Legal
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner, team Xplorobotics of Calgary
Design Award Winner, team Swat Bots of Airdrie
Motivate Award Winner, team TWOSE of Edmonton
Control Award Winner, team Helios of Edmonton
Deans List Award Winners to Etianne Connick Lecours of team 5009 Helios and Catherine Gelmini of team 10544 Cyber Eagles
Images credit to Micheal Frost & Fred Rushworth (skinny_skier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.ca)
Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning to Breakfast Television Calgary to see one of Alberta’s most admirable robotics teams! Seven team members from FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Jasmine all of whom were refugees from Syria and Lebanon will be LIVE at 8:30AM EST.
The Judges Award was given to this group of ambitious Calgary teens at the most recent FTC Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, and the team placed 12th out of 33 overall!
Share this: 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.