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  1. 1. FIRST Robotics Team 1504 “The Desperate Penguins” 2011 Season Information Session
  2. 2. What is FIRST Robotics? •FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” •It was created by the inventor of the Segway personal transport – Dean Kamen •It is an organization whose goal is to give high school students an opportunity to learn about science & technology by playing a game with robots. •A new game is unveiled each year in the beginning of January •The students work as a team with mentors, to develop a strategy of how they want to play the game, design, and then build a robot to compete in the game. All of this is done in a short 6 week period. •The teams also have projects like animation, web design, and community service.
  3. 3. What does it mean for students? • A chance to learn new skills & develop new talents •A chance to work with real engineers & business professionals •Lots of fun!! •Exciting competitions! •Lots of College scholarship opportunities $$$
  4. 4. Who are we? •We are FIRST Robotics Team 1504, “The Desperate Penguins” •We are made up of Okemos, Lansing Christian and Williamston High School students •Mentors are from Rockwell Automation, IBM, General Motors, TechSmith, Liquid Web, Michigan State University and Kettering University. •We are a 6th year team in a competition that has been around for 19 years •Our WEBSITE www.team1504.com 2010 Team www.okemoscte.com
  5. 5. Groups within our team • Mechanical unit – Design & fabrication – CAD • Robot Controls unit – Programming – Electrical/Pneumatic controls • Business unit – Media/Reporting – Web design – Animation – Awards
  6. 6. Preseason activities • Team building activities • Technology workshops • Design prototyping • CAD development • Tools/machinery training • Safety Animation • Web development
  7. 7. What kind of robot do we build? 2010 Robot • Robot must fit within the following approximate dimensions (2 ft x 3 ft x 6 ft) • It must also be within certain weight limits (4ft tall = 120lbs, 5ft = 110lbs, 6ft = 100lbs) • We can only use certain motors, batteries, pneumatics and materials (defined by FIRST) • The build season lasts 6 weeks, we must design and build a complete robot in that time.
  8. 8. What else do we do? • We develop an animation video to be submitted for an award • We develop a new web site and submit it for an award • We develop a writing/presentation for submission for an award
  9. 9. Why do we do it? •Team 1504 was started by a bunch of college kids who learned so much from FIRST Robotics in high school that they needed to stay involved and to share it with Okemos High School •It’s hands-on, it’s intense, and it’s lifelike •FIRST opens so many new doors: scholarship money, a chance to try out engineering before college (a huge leg up on other high schoolers), and so much more •We, as mentors, find a huge value in this program, big enough to volunteer almost 40 hours a week after classes and work, to help out these kids. We believe in it and we think that it’s worthwhile, that’s why we do it
  10. 10. The Game… Animation 2010 FIRST Robotics BreakAway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJz_RYJFwbU
  11. 11. Our design strategy • Be able to play BOTH offense & defense • Be able to drive fast, remove balls from the overpass, hurdle, and place balls on the overpass. Basically… do it all!
  12. 12. The Match – 2010 Breakaway An initial match at Kettering A match at Grand Valley Videos on Blue Alliance are down at the moment. Will get them up here ASAP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJz_RYJFwbU
  13. 13. Our Animation video 2009 Animation Video
  14. 14. Our WEB SITE Our web site => www.team1504.com
  15. 15. What we learn • Gracious Professionalism • Control software design & • Team work construction • Strategy development • Web site development • Problem solving • Animation development • Mechanical design & • Working to a deadline construction • Working to a budget • Electrical design & • Importance of construction Communications • Pneumatics design & • Importance of construction Coordination
  16. 16. Goals for this Season • Enhanced team communications! – Wiggio (Main Team communication) – Team Wiki (www.team1504.pbworks.com) • More team involvement in fund raising! • Living the 5P’s everyday • More prototyping! • Lego League help! • More parents involvement! • More student leadership!
  17. 17. What is FIRST in Michigan? • A program in FIRST, being offered only in Michigan • The goal is to grow new teams, and help sustain existing teams, through a reduced cost structure. • Reduced travel costs, minimize time away from school & work, eliminate shipping costs, reduced event production costs. • Competition event structure – 2 day events, Friday & Saturday (no Thurs. practice) – 7 district events in Michigan – 1 Michigan State Championship
  18. 18. What’s next? • Team meetings will be every week on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7pm beginning on October 19th @ Okemos High School room D137. • Need to submit team application by October 29th. • www.okemoscte.com • Need students to run Lego Mindstorm sessions! We can get these started at all schools involved! • Build season kick off event January 8th. – Novi High School Novi, MI – Build season meeting days (times T.B.D) • Monday • Wednesday • Saturday
  19. 19. Planned Competitions • Kettering University District (Confirmed) – Date(s): March 4th - 5th – Location: Kettering University Flint, MI • Ann Arbor District (On Wait List) – Date(s): March 25th - 26th – Location: Skyline High School Ann Arbor, MI • State Championship (If We Qualify) – Date(s): April 7th -9th – Location: Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI • World Championship (Qualify, Depends on funding) – Date(s): April 27th -30th – Location: Edward Jones Dome - St. Louis, Missouri
  20. 20. Tentative schedule • Oct 20th -Dec 15th : Preseason meetings, every Wednesday 5:30- 7pm @ OHS. • Jan. 8th: Kick off Novi High School • Jan. 8th-Feb 19th: 6 week build season, Mon/Wed/Sat meetings • Mar. 4th - 5th : Kettering Competition • Mar. 25th-26th : Ann Arbor Competition • Apr. 7th -9th: State Championship @ EMU • Apr. 27th-30th: World Championships @ St. Louis
  21. 21. What parents can do? • Support your kids • Volunteer at competitions – We need 2 at the minimum! • Fund raising support • Chaperone • Team spirit • Field construction • Engineering design support • Food arrangements • Travel arrangements • Many others…
  22. 22. What do you need to do? • Fill out Application • www.okemoscte.com • Sign up on STIMS • FIRST’s Student Information System • https://my.usfirst.org/stims/site.lasso . • $200 Dollar Team Fee • To help pay for Competitions Fees and K.O.P. • Can be raised from sponsors you get! • Come to the next meeting! • Wednesday (Tomorrow) October 20th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in room D137
  23. 23. What do you need to do? • Join the Wiki • http://team1504.pbworks.com
  24. 24. What do you need to do?
  25. 25. Questions?