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2005 Chairman's Video by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: FRC 67 H.O.T.

The video made of 2005 Championship Chairman's Award Winners, Team 67, The Heroes of Tomorrow.

Agile Design for FIRST Robotics by Greg Marra
Recently, in the field of Software Engineering, a growing movement has arisen known as "Agile Development". The practices behind Agile Development were designed to help tackle large projects and manage engineering teams effectively. Many of the core Agile tenants can be applied beyond the scope of Software Engineering, and can help FRC teams focus their energy when designing and fabricating their robots. Hopefully you can take some of these practices back to your team to reduce design problems, increase hands on experiences and system understanding, and have more fun!

At The Event: Alliances, Eliminations and Scouting by Evan Morrison
2008 Workshop slides covering the basics of the FRC competition format and what every team should know to be competetive.

At the Event: Pit Setup, Inspection, and Judging by Evan Morrison
This presentation explains the procedure teams are required to perform in order to compete at a regional competition. It starts with a list of items each team should bring to a competition.

At the Event: Pit Setup, Inspection, and Judging by Evan Morrison
2008 Workshop covering the inspection and judging processes at competition, as well as good pit practices.

Attracting and Retaining Diverse Student Populations by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Nancy McIntyre, Donald Dukes and Bruce Rajswasser

2005 presentation outlining steps teams can take to reach out to women and minority groups for recruitment.

Axis 206 Camera Green Lamp Imaging by Dave Doerr
The Axis 206 Network Camera can be used to image the green cold-cathode lamp used in the 2006 and 2007 FRC games, but the default camera settings do not work well for that application. To complicate matters, the camera interface does not provide a method to directly set the camera to work well with the FRC green lamp. This article explains why the default settings do not work well and how to indirectly change the settings for excellent green lamp imaging.

Basic Shop Safety by Evan Morrison
Outlines basic shop safety rules applicable to any shop. Includes a sample safety exam to test students on proper shop rules and hand tool usage.

Brainstorming by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Paul Ventimiglia

A 2008 Rookie Workshop covering basic brainstorming techniques.

Building a FIRST Robotics Team Utilizing the VEX System and Reco by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Ken and Donna Rillings

A 2007 presentation on successful use of the VEX platform as a gateway to FRC.

Building a Subversion Server by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by Hugh Meyer as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Building High Tech Homes For Poor Families by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Pirelli, Roehl

Members of the Deerfield High FIRST team built the prototype Arial Home in one day. The goal is to obtain funding from major Foundations for the cost of the materials, at $10,000 per house. FIRST teams will raise money for their travel expenses to Indian reservations, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, or anywhere the need exists. Students will provide the expertise and labor to assemble the homes.

Building Rural FLL Programs Through Partnerships by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by Toni Wilcox and Jan Derdowskias part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

C++ & JAVA: New Features for 2012 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Brad Miller, WPI, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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CAN Applications by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshops by Scott McMahon of Texas Instruments and Joe Hershberger of National Instruments.

Careers in Fluid Power by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Fluid power is a great industry for young people interested in building a career around science and technology.

Charting a Political Course by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: FRC 839 Rosie Robotics

From the 2008 Resource Workshops, this presentation covers how political action can benefit your team and raise community awareness.

Chassis Design Considerations by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Zan Hecht

This 2008 Workshop presentation covers the basic mechanics behind a FIRST robot chassis and how to design the best chassis for your application based on these principles.

Collaborative Problem Solving by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Bill Hommes

2005 presentation covering FRC 365's method of brainstorming and selecting a robot design.

College FIRST by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Matthew Lesse

2005 presentation on the involvement opportunities available to college students.

Continuous Improvement Through Root Cause Analysis & Corrective by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Matt Fultz and David Hoff

2005 presentation on methods to review problems and develop strategies to eliminate them.

Creating Tomorrow's Leaders by Evan Morrison
Author: Kimberly O'Toole In order for students to be effective in tomorrow's world, they will not only need engineering & technical skills, but people and leadership skills too. Our team ran a Leadership Boot Camp for all of our team leaders & subteam leaders early in the year. This presentation will give you the tools to set up a leadership team and run our Leadership Boot Camp for your team members. As a note, this boot camp is effective for both students & adults, as it is a compilation of much of my past leadership training & research.

Cyber Blue Design Process: 7 Stages for Continuous Development by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Christopher Fultz, FRC234, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Designing Competitive Manipulators: The Mechanics & Strategy by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Greg Needel

2008 presentation on manipulator design, from both strategy and mechanical design standpoints.

Developing a Profitable Golf Tournament by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: FRC 364

2005 presentation on running a golf tournament fundraiser

Drive System Designs by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Resources Workshop by Paul Ventimiglia, Founder of Paul's Robotics.

Effective FIRST Strategies by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Kangasabapathy

This presentation offers a variety of strategies for different portions of the FRC season, starting with methods of selecting a design then moving on to optimizing match strategies.

Effectively Using Pneumatics by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Ken Stafford

Pneumatics are used by a large number of FRC teams for a variety of applications. As in all other types of control systems these systems have advantages and disadvantages. This presentation explains the advantages and how best to exploit them.

Electrical and Control System by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Every robot requires a control system. This explains the components that are provided in the FRC kit and possibilities for their utilization. It also includes information on adding sensors and other components that are not provided in the kit.

Electrical Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Michael Dessingue, Steve Shade, Al Skierkiewicz

2005 presentation with tips and good practices for wiring a FIRST robot.

Electrical Design and Technique For Building A Competitive Robot by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by Al Skierkiewicz as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Engineer & Student Dynamics by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Dana Henry, FRC839 & FIRST Senior Mentor, and Steve Cremer, FIRST Regional Director, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Events 101 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Rookie Workshop by Kathie Kentfield (FIRST Senior Mentor), Dana Henry (Assistant Regional Director, Western MA), and Lynne Henry (FRC839 Team Mentor).

Fast Track Your Robot Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Phil Dollan, Autodesk, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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FIRST Pneumatics Manual (2008) by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
This pneumatics manual is designed as a resource for any team that wishes to use these systems on their robot. Included are instructions for assembling pneumatic circuits.

FIRST Robotics and its Relationship to Students' Attitudes Towar by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Anita Lundy

As a teacher in an inner city public high school, I listened to students express distain for science and engineering careers while at the same time desiring high paying, high profile jobs, such as professional athletes or entertainers. Students said they did not want to attend college for the eight or more years required to become medical doctors or research scientists. During my third year teaching at the high school, I helped organize a FIRST Robotics team. Eighteen students joined the first year and while the challenges of building a robot were at times insurmountable, many of the students seemed to enjoy the process. Their attitudes in science and math classes appeared to improve and their grades began to increase.

FIRST Robotics: A Model for Problem-Based Learning by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Donald Sanford Griffith, Jr.

Many people believe that FIRST participants go on to pursue careers in technical areas. The study presented compares the college plans of a group of students that participated in FIRST to a control group.

FIRST Values by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is all about values. This attempts to define these values and how they affect the people involved in FIRST.

Flight Test Principles Applied to FIRST by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Steven R. Jacobson

2005 Presentation on testing methodology

Forming A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit For A Robotics Team by Arthur Dutra III
This document outlines the work Gus Robotics Team, Inc. has gone through to obtain 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation status. It is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice.

FRC 2010 5thGear Simulation by
The 5thGear FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) strategy and driver training simulation/tool has been updated to simulate the 2011 FRC game, Logomotion. With continuing support from Lockheed Martin, volunteers annually improve the simulator; and once again, together with FIRST and WPI, they are offering the simulator for FRC Teams and other users to freely download. In an expansion of last FRC season's similar activities, Lockheed Martin and volunteers intend to use 5th Gear in exhibitions and informal tournaments at many FRC regional tournaments and off-season events.

FRC Diagnostic Window by Aaron Holroyd
This program is used to check for problems in the control system. These could be in the programming or electrical systems.

FRC Drive Systems by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Ken Stafford, FRC190, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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FRC Robot Design: A Team Approach by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Andy Baker

The build season is the most active time for any FIRST team. This shows the approach of one team to organization. Tips are organized in to ten sections, based on the build season.

FRC Safety Manual by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Safety is very important to everyone involved in FIRST. This document lays out the safety procedures that are required at competitions. It also contains information on proper disposal of damaged batteries, as well as recommendations for a team's shop.

Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Document Management by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Scott Morris, PTC

Fundraising: Care and Feeding of Sponsors by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Matt Fultz, David HOff

Sponsors are essential to the creation and maintenance of any FIRST team. This article presents a framework for team expectations including different types of sponsors as well as methods of recruiting and maintaining sponsors.

Grant Writing for Robotics by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Powell

As a NASA Explorer School, Baker Middle has had many opportunities to make use of their technology grants. This article will highlight the corporate sponsor initiatives received by the City of Baker Schools, Baker Middle in particular, to receive technology. We will mention best techniques on how to develop and maintain partnerships with corporations. Baker Middle has been successful with help from Honeywell, Northwestern State University, Southern University, Motorola, ExxonMobil Corporation, the Michael Jordan Fundamentals Grant, Apple Computers, and Coca-Cola. Information has been obtained by a teacher who worked for a state department of education for three years, attended NASA Explorer Schools Sustainability Program and successfully written for over $25,000 of grants and services this year.

How to Print Your Own T-shirts for Fun and Profit by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Rick Folea

This article will show you an easy and inexpensive way to print your own team T-Shirts. We will walk through the T-Shirt printing process with focus on step-by-step procedure for printing a simple T-Shirt. Each participant will print their own shirt to take with them. We will have extra shirts available for folks to purchase ($2.50) or you can bring your own.

How to Run a Spaghetti Supper by Nicholas Galotti
How to run a spaghetti supper based off of how Team 1735 has successfully run spaghetti suppers in the past.

How to Run a Summer Program for Profit Using the LEGO NXT by Nicholas Galotti
Information on how to run a summer program using the LEGO NXT kit as a fundraiser.

Improving FIRST Design Book Submission by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Wilczynski, Slezycki

The book "FIRST Robots: Behind the Design" profiles award winning teams from the FIRST Robotics Competition. The selected teams won one of the engineering design awards during the FIRST Robotics Competition season. Teams were selected for publication based on the quality of their submitted images and text that collectively told the story how the team progressed from idea to realization of their design. The purpose of the article is to inform teams how to increase the competitiveness of their submissions. Images submitted for the 2006 competition will be presented to illustrate the types of graphics that are most appealing for publication. Examples will be presented to highlight how an effective "design summary" can be created to best tell the team's story for building their FRC robot.

Innovation Hour: Team 190 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Team 190

Some FIRST teams believe that innovation is more important than winning a competition or any award. This article by Team 190 explains their tradition of innovation. Also included is the team's method of “wowing” the competition.

Innovation Hour: Team 25 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Team 25

2007 Presentation by Team 25 on the development of their drivetrain

Innovative Design and Prototyping by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Dan Larochelle

Presentation by Dan Larochelle as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops regarding FRC 40's innovative process for designing their robot and developing scale prototypes.

Innovative Fundraising by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Team 839

Fundraising is critical to the majority of FIRST teams. This article reveals the innovative techniques that are used by Rosie Robotics in the hope that other teams will be able to use these methods or variations thereof to raise funds.

Java Programming with the 2010-11 FRC Control System by Brad Miller
This is a Java programming presentation given for the San Diego FIRST teams and for the Team 166 (Chop Shop) workshop on the 2011 Control System.

Kinect for FIRST Robotics by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Alfred Thompson, Microsoft, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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LabVIEW 2011 & NI cRIO-FRC II: New vs. Old by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Doug Norman, National Instruments, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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LabVIEW for FRC 2012 by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Doug Norman, National Instruments at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Low Cost Robotics: Using Vex in FRC Prototyping by Arthur Dutra III
FRC Team 228, Gus Robotics, has been using the Vex Robotics Design System to build prototype models of its FRC robots since 2005.

Manipulator & Appendage Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Andy Baker, Co-Founder of AndyMark, Inc.

Motor Selection and Use by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Stafford

Presented as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops, these slides include techniques for improving motor selection and use relative to FRC Robots.

NEMO-Hints for Contacting Your Elected Officials by Jenny Beatty
This paper was written for NEMO to help teams when inviting their elected officials to competitions.

Print Custom Status on the Driver Station LCD. by Joe Hershberger
How to get your robot to print to the LCD on the Driver Station from both LabVIEW and C++.

Programming 101: Getting Started with LabVIEW, JAVA, and C/C++ by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Rookie Workshop by representatives from National Instruments, Oracle, and WPI.

Promoting STEM Education Through After-School LEGO Programs by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by James Lynch, Jenny Filipi, Ian Thompson, Leigh Johnson, and Devin McKinnon as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Robonaut’s Crab Drive Wheel Box by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by FRC118 as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Robot Drive System Fundamentals by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
A presentation of the basic considerations that affect mobile robot drive systems. This presentation includes sections on drive system requirements, traction fundamentals, FIRST motors, gearing fundamentals, a system design example, and practical considerations. It reflects the lessons learned by two long-time competitors in the FIRST Robotics Competition. It discusses both real-world issues and uses basic equations and calculations. Extensive use is made of photos and diagrams. This presentation is aimed at students, teachers, and engineering mentors involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Robotics 101: Getting through the FIRST Season by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Rookie Workshop by Ken Stafford, Director of the WPI Robotics Resource Center.

Robotics Summer Camps for Fundraising and Promoting FIRST by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Wooten

The key to a sustainable FIRST team is to get students interested early. This presentation explains how to run a robotics summer camp that will both increase interest in robotics as well as raise money for the team. It also describes a number of other advantages of holding a camp as a fundraiser.

Running a 5th Gear Simulation Tournament by
This article is a resource for regionals looking to set up a demonstration tournament with the 5th Gear Simulator.

Safety First by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Kirksey, Marshall

Safety is the most important concern in FIRST. This presentation shows the most common safety hazards as well as how to avoid them. This includes guidelines for competitions as well as ways of increasing the safety of your own team's shop.

Sensors - Analog Devices by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Analog Devices provides an accelerometer and a gyro sensor for each team. This presentation explains how these sensors work and explores possible applications.

Sensors: How-to & Why They Matter by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Sensors allow robots to interact with their environment. This presentation describes the variety of different sensors and their uses. Also included is a section on algorithms that allow for optimum use of the sensors.

Simplistic Control of Mecanum Drive by Ian McInerney
Mecanum drive is a very popular drive system which allows for increased maneuverability on the playing field. With code being included by default, little understanding of the underlying principles of mecanum drive is required to control it. This article provides the algorithms used to control it, and the derivation of those algorithms.

Software Assisted Control by Ryan O'Meara
Explains the basic applications of software assisted control to robotics, and touches on feedback systems

Solidworks 2007 Basic CAD Class by Jonathan Morgan
This curriculum is based around a 2 month (8 week) class schedule with class meetings once a week for two hours. We will cover all of the basic features of Solidworks that will be required for manufacturing simple parts, assemblies and drawings. Each class will be based around a goal(part, sketch, assembly, drawing) that will be created by the end of the class.

Strategies for Conceptual Modeling & Assembly Planning with CAD by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Scott Morris and Jordan Cox, PTC, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Strategy, Game Play and Effective Design by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Strategy is essential to a successful FIRST team. This presentation describes strategies that can be used in each portion of the season, from dissecting the game to scouting to alliance selection to game play.

Teaching Gear Theory to Students by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Transfer of power is essential to all robots. This presentation explains the basics of gear ratios using easy to follow examples. It also gives in-depth information on spacing, ratios and the use of LEGO gears.

Team Code of Conduct by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Each team has a different method of organization. This is the team handbook of FRC Team 172, which has been provided for the use of other teams as a template for the creation of their own handbook to organize their team.

Team Continuity Plans: Business Plans to the Next Level by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by FRC234 as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Team Dynamics by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
This presentation explains a variety of options for organizing your team. These include FIRST's generic plan as well as plans from two actual teams. It also includes options for conducting team activities year round.

Team Handbook by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Each team has a different method of organization. This is the team handbook of FRC Team 45, which has been provided for the use of other teams as a template for the creation of their own handbook to organize their team.

Team Organization by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Team 467, Duct Tape Bandits, offer their team handbook, which outlines team organization and requirements in the hope that it will help other teams.

Team Outline by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Many teams would like help organizing. Team 25, Raider Robotix, provides their team handbook, which outlines team accomplishments, organization and history in the hope that it will help other teams.

Team Spirit Presentation by Nicholas Galotti
A presentation given at the 2008 Rookie Workshops in Manchester, New Hampshire to give rookie teams an idea of what happens at competitions and how to prepare for them. The presentation covers choosing team names, team colors, t-shirts, and what buttons are.

Team Websites in a Social World by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Nick Galotti,

Teamwork in 3D by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Judkins, Kelch

Teamwork is essential to any FIRST team. This presentation describes methods to improve teamwork and trust between team members. The techniques provided are designed to be fun and educational in a way that does not put the students in a position to fail.

Technical Entrepreneurship by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by Andy Baker as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

The Baltimore Area Alliance: A Model for FIRST by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Paul Harris

2008 Presentation on formation and mission of the Baltimore Area Alliance

The NI Control System for the FRC 2009 Season by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
This article contains videos and links of the new FRC 2009 Control System from National Instruments.

Turning Your Digital Photos into FIRST-rate Productions by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Hitchcock

One of the most important parts of outreach is showing constituents what you are accomplishing, this can be made much easier by taking and distributing pictures. This presentation explains how teams can go about choosing a camera and coping the pictures that were taken.

Underwater FIRST? FIRST Teams in the National Underwater Robotic by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
The experience a team goes through in FIRST enables teams to enter other robotics competitions and be very successful. Using Innovation FIRST robot control systems, a team need only acquire a few more components to build an underwater robot to compete in the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. The competition is hosted by FRC team 842, previously featured in Wired Magazine and ABC Nightline and team 1290 in a collaborative effort to get FIRST teams involved in a new “angle” in robotics competitions. FRC team 842 has been one of the top underwater robot teams in the country for 3 years straight, beating teams like MIT. This presentation will show teams how they can use their FIRST training to use FRC and FVC control systems to operate an ROV, or remotely operated vehicle. The basics of ROV design and operation will be covered as well as the parameters of the competition.

Using Belt Drives by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Eric Bjork, Gates Corporation.

Using Belts & Belt Drives by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Eric Bjork from Gates Corporation at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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Using LEGO Robotics to Promote Math and Science by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation given by Bill Johnson as part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.

Using the Engineering Design Process for Design of a Competition by John V-Neun
This paper is designed to provide a basic understanding of the engineering design process and how to apply it to design of a competition robot. Though the engineering design process can be implemented in a variety of ways, this paper will highlight one particular method. This paper is targeted primarily at beginners but may also be useful for more advanced designers.

Using VEX to Supercharge your FRC Team by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Dan Larochelle, Griffith

Many teams wish that they could test their strategies earlier in the season rather than at the competition. This presentation shows the method used by FRC Team 40 to decide upon a design for their robot. The method used is called mini FRC, which is basically a miniaturized version of FRC created with VEX kits.

Using Wind River Workbench by Brad Miller
This article contains videos that can assist teams to develop C and C++ programs using Wind River Workbench. The videos show step by step instructions on completing each task.

Video Training for the Control System by Brad Miller
There have been a number of training events that happened at WPI around the FRC Control System. This articles describes some of those videos with links to view them.

Why Design First by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presentation from the 2011 FRC Kickoff Workshop by Autodesk.

Wiring an FRC Robot by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Authors: Michael Dessingue, Alan Skierkiewicz

Michael Dessingue and Alan Skierkiewicz, both long time FIRST veterans will discuss electrical strategies, design, wiring and termination techniques for efficient and robust robot electrical systems. Discussion will include layout, mounting techniques, wire choice and termination, component position and use and tooling choices. Included will be discussions on the new terminal blocks, common mistakes and misinformation, and a simple method for determining voltage losses in electrical wiring and how these losses affect the RC and motor operation. A comprehensive list of part numbers for tools and components used in the demonstration will also be provided.

Women in Engineering: Recruitment Challenges and Responses by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
“Why are academically prepared girls not considering or enrolling in engineering degree programs?” We know that girls are taking high school science and math courses at approximately the same rate as boys. Girls and the people who influence them do not understand what a career in engineering looks like and therefore don’t consider it as a career option. They believe engineering is for people who love both math and science. The common understanding among all audiences is that engineering is perceived to be a man’s profession and there is little to no encouragement for girls to consider engineering. When a girl asks, “what does an engineer do” the answer should not be the typical task oriented answer suitable for investment bankers. It should be an example of a real person living their daily life, with an accent on why this job is relevant to them and to the larger community.

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