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Sunday, 18 September 2011 22:58

2011-12 Kick-Off and Team Build Workshop 

Saturday, September 10, 2010 
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
at iSPACE* 

This workshop will be geared toward various levels from basic building and programming workshops and the opportunity for more advanced teams to scrimmage. Ideally teams will come with a functional robot, but for those not there yet, mentors and other teams will help get them to that point. Teams should leave with a robot that responds to controller commands. 

Schedule: 
 
9:00 a.m. Check-In, Welcome Linda Neenan 
 
9:15 a.m. Demo of last year’s game  Cougar Robotics & Infinite Resistance
 
9:45 a.m. Judging awards/criteria Steve Walsh, Judge Advisor 
 
10:00 a.m. Workshops (1/2 hour in length, choose two) 
  • Autonomous Programming Team 4530, Infinite Resistance 
  • What Makes a Good Engineering Notebook Steve Walsh 
  • Software Inspection Tom Viars, FTA 
  • Project Management TBD 
  • Alliance Partner Selection TBD 
  • What a Rookie Team Should Expect Team 4251, Cougar Robotics 
11:00 a.m. Field reveal, explanation of game/rules Tom Viars, FTA 

11:45 a.m. Working lunch 

12:15 p.m. Build, Program, Scrimmage, technical help available FRC Team 3038, Tom Viars, Cougar Robotics, Infinite Resistance, Others 

3:00 p.m. Shut down, clean up 

 
Each team must bring: 
  • Entire kit (robot, parts, controllers, Samantha) 
  • Laptop 
  • Tools 
  • Lunch 
  • Safety Glasses 
  • Charged battery 
  • Engineering Notebook

*iSPACE is located at 3254 East Kemper Road in Sharonville, OH 45241, on the campus of Scarlet Oaks. For directions/map, go to http://ispacescience.org/contact-us. Once you pull in front of the school look for iSPACE signs directing you to the correct entrance. 

For further information call Linda ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at 513-720-4772(C). 
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