Welcome to FIRST at Westborough High School FRC Team 4048 Our Team Competitions Fall – Savage Soccer at WPI Winter/Spring – FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Savage Soccer Videos Team47 interview Team47 match What is FIRST? For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Founded by Dean Kamen in 1989, first competition in 1992 Based on partnerships, sponsors and mentors. Volunteer driven “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition” Not funded by the school budget, no regular class-time. FRC = FIRST Robotics Competition. 6 weeks to design, implement, program, test, and deliver. But there’s a lot more. Mentors Peter Bixby Derek Boucher Ed Burdick Rich Cheng David Dubois Maria Homberg Michael Homberg Louis Lung Michele Lung Arnold Oyola Pauline Sciarappa Sudha Subranmaniam Mentors, cont. All mentors must submit CORI application We will adopt standard safety protocol to protect students and mentors – must have at least 2 adults and 2 students in any setting Partners Organizations JCPenney Westborough Education Foundation Westborough High School We will have to do fundraising each year to sustain the program Video Watch this video of the 2011-2012 season So what is an FRC team? Treat team like a business. We have a budget We have a product to deliver We have a deadline to meet We have customers to satisfy And we want to keep doing it It’s all hands-on What is FRC all about? Building a robot?... Yes and no. We’re teaching skills not taught in school It’s a team project unlike any you’ve done before Understanding the requirements & designing accordingly Implementation & Testing Making tradeoffs and handling constraints Planning & Scheduling Collaboration, Teamwork & Communication Using software tools & building tools Analytic thinking What is FRC all about? – cont. Maintaining a presence – web site, social media Animation Business planning Project management Media relations Competition strategy Safety Coopertition, Gracious Professionalism It might well be the hardest and most rewarding thing you’ve done thus far! What’s in it for you? Collaborative work Watching, listening, doing – learning hot to learn Analyze, design, debug, repair – learning how to think Listening to others, give to others, receive from others – learning teamwork Responsibility Leadership Interpersonal skills Public speaking, presentation skills What’s in it for you?, cont. Competing Working under pressure Communication skills Prioritizing / time management / scheduling Working with technology – free CAD/animation software $15M in FIRST college scholarships! FUN! How It Works - Students Students will work in groups to accomplish tasks Mentors are there to help Students do the work and use mentors as resources. This is your team. You grow with it. You grow into roles. You own it. Ask – there are no stupid questions Listen to your mentors, listen to your teammates Be open minded, be flexible, be humble If you can defend your thoughts, you’ve thought it through “Act locally, think globally” - focus on your part of the project but understand the big picture Communication and documentation – do it! Groups / Functions General Design, Robot Definition & Strategy Mechanical design Software development Overall project management Business planning Web page CAD 3D Animator Media relations Social media Treasurer Photographer Video production / film-maker Sample Timeline (Simplified) Kickoff! Analyze and understand the challenge, create strategy, plan schedule Design, order parts, build prototypes, use the Kit-of-parts, CAD Test, refine, repair, repeat Bag-n-tag Elapsed time: 6 weeks … and that’s just the beginning. Student Priorities We want you to succeed in FRC but not at the expense of your grades Manage your time; tell us if you think you need help Remember – the final product is not the robot; it’s YOU. Requirements & Expectations We understand you have other commitments. Work within your group to schedule your time. Attendance will be taken. You must participate in certain team functions such as fund raising and community awareness projects. Safety training is required before using tools (this will happen in the pre-season) Everyone must abide by safety rules and requirements at all times. No exceptions. Do not damage school building, floor and property Daily workroom cleanup is for everyone! Proper behavior is expected at all times. There will be details in the handbook. Team Fee $150 per student. $200 max per family All funds go into the robotics team and go towards the cost of materials, transportation, T-shirts, promotional goods, etc. The funds do NOT go into the general school budget. We don’t know what our real expenses will be; depends on robot we build, whether we win and have to travel (!), how many events we compete in, etc. As a reference – last year’s budget topped $13,000 including the cost of buying tools. Communication is Key Email – check it daily. Read it. Act on it. (Check ACTION ITEMS) Parents get the same email the student do. Please read it and make sure your child acts on it if necessary. Google team calendar All work must be documented immediately. Being able to give clear, concise, detailed descriptions is a tremendous skill Documentation is for everyone, including yourself! Use team web forum Share! We have a youtube channel “FIRSTteam4048”, a Facebook page “Team-Redshift”, and a team web site www.Team4048.org How Parents Can Help Be a member of Non Engineering Mentor Organization (NEMO) Provide snacks for meetings Need 2 parents to attend all builds – for safety and for student management/control Share rides to/from meetings Host a kickoff party on Sat Jan 5, 2012 Will employer support FRC team? Help get tools & supplies Calendar 2012-2013 Savage Soccer – October ? to Saturday November 10 FRC Preseason from Monday November 12 to Friday December 21- get you ready FRC Kickoff Saturday January 5, 2013 Last day for Bag & Tag Tuesday 2/19/2012? WPI Regional (week2) Thursday-Saturday 3/7-9/2013 Boston Regional (week4) ThursdaySaturday 3/21-23/2013 Short-Term To-Do List Kit-of-Parts drive-train opt-out? Regional registration – 9/27 – week2 (WPI) or week 4 (BU)? Applying for grants Working on Web site Working on Fundraising Attending Leadership / Teamwork seminar – will pick 2 or 3 days including weekend. Everyone must attend Coming Soon Keep an eye out for these: STIMS registration instructions FIRST Waiver WHS Waiver Team 4048 Waiver Student survey Student handbook Invitation for Leadership/Teamwork seminar Savage Soccer Questions?