Workshops
Mission Select - LB or EB or RB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joey   
Sunday, 11 October 2009 16:38
Our Mission Select program.  This program detects which button is pressed and sets a corresponding variable (LB, EB, or RB) to true based on that choice.  If EB or RB are chosen it also sets the variable "Exit Loop" to true.  These values control the execution path of our master program.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 21:46
 
Joey Explains Magnetic Attachments PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Cougars   
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 18:37

Question

Quick question about the magnets.  I'm a 2nd year coach but this is the first I've heard of them.  I see how and what to order, but exactly how did your team use them?  Are they used to attach attachments to the robot instead of "clicking" Legos together?  Did you ever have problems with attachments falling off their magnets, or are they pretty strong?

Answer

Magnets:  Don't over-rate their usefulness.  They are 1 means to an end.  There are multiple ways to do what we are doing with magnets.  The logic-stream goes like this.

1 - Highly specialized tools are more effective at performing specific tasks with simple programming.
2 - Time is the most limiting resource in an FLL round.
3 - If we can make attachment switching both very fast and reliable then we can utilize highly specialized tools without running out of time.
4 - We used magnets.  We have seen other teams use a girder in hole kind of method, one team had a standard slot under the robot and pushed tools out and left them on the field, and one other team used a remove tools only kind of process.  The goal is the same.  To make the in base transitions quick, reliable, and easy for the kids to do.

This year we had 3 different tools that attached in the same way to the front of the robot, with magnets, and 1 more tool that snapped over the arm and attached with magnets.  This year our robot had a flat front made out of girders.  That flat front had 2 one pip spots in it where the girders left a hole.  The tools had flat backs (to mesh with the robots flat front) except where the robot had a hole, the tools had a girder sticking out 1 pip (we used an "L" girder to accomplish it), that would fit in the hole in the front of the robot.  So the tool, if held against the front of the robot, was generally stable and would not slide around if held against the front of the robot.  The magnets were then used to "hold" the tool against the front of the robot.  The magnets weren't needed to keep the tool from getting too close to the robot.  The magnets weren't needed to keep the tool from sliding around on the front of the robot.  The magnets were only needed to keep the tool from pulling away from the front of the robot.
 
And yes, the magnets are pretty strong. 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 21:04
 
The Magnets We Use PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Diamond   
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:29
We get asked pretty often about the magnets we use for quick tool attachment and switching.  We buy them on BrickLink or ebay.  We use mostly the Magnet Holder 2 x 3, part #2607 and the Magnet Cylindrical, part #73092.
 
Bionic Barracudas teach NXT-G Advanced Programming Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 September 2011 22:04

 

On Saturday, September 17th, 2011, The Bionics Barracudas - Quantum Bots FTC team held an Advanced NXT-G Programming Workshop at Rockwell Automation in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The team, which recently graduated from FLL, based the presentation material and exercises on the well-known Cougar workshop presentation. Helping out at the team tables during the exercises was FLL teams Monster Maniax and 7+1. The workshop was so popular that the Rockwell facility was completely filled with 29 teams made up of 179 kids and coaches. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:56
 
Starbase Wright-Patt Workshop Announcement PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:14

Starbase Wright-Patt presents: 

NXT-G Advanced Programming Workshop

 

Saturday, September 24, 2011
9:00am - 4:00pm 

 

Presented by Coach Jamie Diamond and The Cougars (Championship FLL Team, seasons 2007 – 2009 and current FTC Team #4251) and assisted by Columbus Ambassador Team, the LEGO Lasernauts.

The Workshop will be held:
Date:  Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:  
STARBASE, Wright-Patt (2nd floor of the Prairies Community Center)
Prairies Community Center
156 Spinning Road
Dayton, OH 45431


The facility will be closed for the day, so please follow the FLL signs and park behind the building.  Enter the designated door.  If the door is locked, please call the cell number listed on the door, and Kim will let you into the building.  Go up the stairs to the 2nd floor.

What to bring:
  • Bring your own laptop, and robot.
    Bring your own robot already built, and 2 touch sensors, 2 light sensors, and 3 motors. 
  • If your team does not have a built robot, build the example Cougar Workshop Bot at http://www.cougarrobot.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247&Itemid=107
  • Bring Bluetooth if you have it!!! Bring a USB cable to transfer programs to your robot, even if you have Bluetooth (just in case it won’t work in a crowd).
  • Bring your laptop and robot already fully charged.
  • Bring your power cord and extension cord in case your batteries run down.
  • Bring a thumb drive to share data.
  • Practice areas will be provided (Please do not bring competition mat and models).
  • You should already have NXT-G loaded on your laptop and understand at least all the concepts under the “essential” tab in the tutorial at http://www.ortop.org/NXT_Tutorial/index.html.
  • Teams may bring up to three people total, one of whom should be a coach and one should be a team member.  It is advisable to bring at least one robot and laptop for each pair. Bring the team members most dedicated to learning NXT-G.
  • The workshop will run from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 
  • Pizza lunch for the group will be provided, courtesy of the Ohio Educational Outreach Foundation.  Chips, cookies and drinks will also be provided.  If this menu does not work for you, please feel free to bring your own lunch.  We do have access to a refrigerator. 
  • There is a playground close and weather permitting, the kids may go out to play for 20 minutes or so after lunch.
I want to thank The Cougars for volunteering their time to help teams to master more advanced programming skills.  I would also like to thank Columbus Ambassador Team, the LEGO Lasernauts, for assisting the Cougars in presenting this workshop.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, September 24!

Best regards,
Kathy 
 
Kathy Levine
Director, Ohio FLL
Universal Technology Corporation Contractor
Wright-Patterson AFB Educational Outreach
2130 Eighth Street., B 45, R 45
WPAFB, OH 45433-7542

(937) 938-4862
Fax:  (937) 904-8033

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 07:28
 
iSPACE Workshop Announcement PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:28

Advanced NXT-G Programming Workshop for Teams

Date:                     Saturday, Oct 1, 2011
Time:                     8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Conducted by:
Coach Jamie Diamond with the 2009 OH FLL Championship Team Cougars of Columbus and FLL Team LEGO Lasernauts
 
For:
FLL Team Programmers with their coaches.
 
What to Bring:
  • Bring your own lunch, laptop, and robot. 
  • Bring your own robot already built, and 2 touch sensors, 2 light sensors, and 3 motors. 
  • If your team does not have a built robot, build the example Cougar Workshop Bot at http://www.cougarrobot.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247&Itemid=107).
  • Bring a USB cable to transfer programs to your robot (in case Bluetooth isn't working in big crowd).
  • Bring your laptop and robot already fully charged. 
  • Bring your power cord and extension cord in case your batteries run down.
  • Bring a thumb drive to share data. 
  • Paper mats will be provided (Please do not bring competition mat and models).
For the Advanced Workshops, you should already have NXT-G loaded on your laptop and understand at least all the concepts under the “essential” tab in the tutorial at http://www.ortop.org/NXT_Tutorial/index.html.
 
For the Team Workshop, teams may bring up to four people total (1 coach with 3 team members OR 2 coaches with 2 team members). It is advisable to bring at least one robot and laptop for each pair. Bring the team members most dedicated to learning NXT-G.
 
How to Register:
You must register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/registration42 to attend since space is limited.
 
Location:
iSPACE located on the Scarlet Oaks Career Campus
3254 East Kemper Road
Sharonville, OH 45241
 
 
Cost:  
Free!
 
Contact:
Jean Bolte - iSPACE Tournament Coordinator
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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:39
 
iSPACE FTC Kickoff Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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). 
Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:41
 
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