Auto-Nation Invasion

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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!

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

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!

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

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.

 

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

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.

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

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.

 

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

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!

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.

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!

Beakerhead Sep 14-18, 2016

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Come out and see us at Beakerhead in Calgary!

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 Robots Stephen’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.

Off Season PR and Educational Events

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Lilac Festival Parade
We are in the Lilac Festival Parade event this Sunday June 5. Be sure to look out for our Robots!

CTS Credit Courses
Earn up to 5 credits, if you are a member of a FIRST team.

ELT 1010: Electro-Assembly I
ELT 1080: Control Systems I
ELT 1130: Robotics I
ELT 1140: Robotics Applications
ELT 1910: ELT Project A

The following are planned in-person synchronous project activity sessions. You are required to complete the rest of the activities on your own to earn the full 1 credit module. You will have access to the online courses for the ELT courses.

Please register to attend: Day session June 25th for ELT 1130 and 1140 credits

Please register to attend: Evening Session June 29th for ELT 1010, ELT 1080, ELT 1910 credits.

Each Session has different activities planned. You must attend both sessions to earn the potential credits.

Please bring picture ID and your Alberta Student Number (ASN) to the in-person synchronous sessions for full registration.

Registration Link

Other upcoming PR/Promo events

June 9 – Renart School – Celebration of Science
June 18 – North Hill Centre (FRC and FLL Demos)