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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!

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.

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.

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.

Drill Press and Hand Drills by Kendall Baker
Short overview of how to use drills.

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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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 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.

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.

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 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

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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