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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!

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Programming the FRC Control System by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: Miller and Hersberger

Presented as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops, these three presentations cover the hardware and FPGA, programming in LabVIEW, and programming in C/C++.

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.

Robonautís 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 Games: Using FRC Skills to Become a Video Game Maker by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Presented by Microsoft, at the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops.

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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.

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.

The presentation with audio is available through the link(s) on the right. Due to internet connectivity issues during recording, it is possible that some videos may have low quality audio at times, cut in and out, or not show video at all times.

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

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.

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 Windchill and Pro/E by Robotics Resource Center (WPI)
Author: PTC

Presentation by PTC as part of the 2009 FIRST Kickoff Workshops showcasing how teams can use Windchill and Pro/E to improve their successes and better use collaboration when designing their robots.

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

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