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Moe vex challenge ulster project delaware first state robotics inc

MOE Vex ChallengeUlster Project Delaware – First State Robotics, Inc.

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July 13, 2006


Schedule
Schedule

  • 8:00 - 8:30 Safety, Who are we, Introductions

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Team Formation, Team Identity

  • 9:00 – 9:30 What is Vex, Familiarization with the Kit

  • 9:30 - 11:00 Vex Workshops

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Game Explanation

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch, begin robot design

  • 12:00 - 1:30 Build robot

  • 1:30 - 2:00 Match Schedule released, practice matches

  • 2:00 - 3:30 Qualifying Matches

  • 3:30 - 4:00 Alliance selection & Strategizing

  • 4:00 - 5:00 Elimination Matches

  • 5:00 - 5:30 Awards and Wrap-up


Safety
SAFETY

  • You are on a DuPont Company site. You must obey all safety rules on site.

  • Key rules to obey while on site

    • Safe behavior is expected at all times

    • No horseplay

    • Proper safety equipment must be used

      • Safety glasses must be worn in the competition area (Pedersen Room)

    • No running

  • Stay in this conference room area during the day – do not wander off

  • Know the location of the Exits in case of an emergency


The experimental station
The Experimental Station

  • DuPont’s primary research center with a broad range of R&D activities

  • 15 to 20 businesses

  • About 4,000 employees

  • Self-contained campus on 152 acres

  • 52 buildings; 2,700,000 square feet


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Cyrel

Chromium Dioxide

Kalrez

Nomex

Minlon

Nylon

Mylar

Nafion

Riston

Orlon

Hypalon

Tyvek

Lycra

Kevlar

Butacite

Teflon

Dacron

Hytrel

Nordel

Lucite

Elvacite

Elvaloy

Kapton

Elvax

Neoprene

Corian

Tedlar

Delrin

Symetrel

Surlyn

Suva

Tovex

Viton

Alcryn

Glean

Feredoxin

Elvamide

Rayon

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Who are we
Who are we?

  • First State Robotics, Inc.

    • Non-profit educational organization

    • Mission is to get students of all ages excited about science and technology

  • FIRST (First Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

    • Founded by Dean Kamen (inventor, entrepreneur)

    • Four official programs

      • FIRST Robotics Competition – high school

      • FIRST Vex Challenge – high school

      • FIRST LEGO League – middle school

      • FIRST Junior LEGO League – elementary school


Why host this competition
Why host this competition?

  • Show you how science and technology can be fun and exciting

  • Introduce you all to the FIRST program

  • Introduce GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM

    • We compete, but we also help each other

    • We form alliances during competition

    • We all learn something from the experience

    • “We make our grandmother proud”

  • To HAVE FUN!


Introductions
Introductions

  • Everyone is included

  • Each person should stand and communicate the following to everyone else

    • Name

    • Affiliation (Irish student, host student, event volunteer, etc.)

    • One UNIQUE fact about yourself


Team formation
Team Formation

  • All Ulster Project Delaware students are pre-assigned to a team

  • You will work with your team to design and build a robot for today’s competition

  • Each team will be assigned a Vex mentor from First State Robotics

    • This mentor will work solely with your team the rest of the day

    • Other mentors will also be available to help your team

  • Your team should have it’s own identity


Team identity
Team Identity

  • Each team will receive different colored T-shirts designating your team

  • Each team will be given a letter designation (“A” through “I”).

  • Your task right now (20 minutes)

    • Get together with your team (assignments will be projected on this screen and a team list will be handed out)

    • Introduce yourselves to your TEAM MENTOR

    • Work together to determine a TEAM NAME which begins with your TEAM LETTER DESIGNATION

    • Decorate your shirts appropriately with available markers. List team name on your shirts along with any other “appropriate” words or designs



Vex workshops

Robot Design

Motors

Hardware/Fasteners

Axles/Bearings

Robot Controller

Operator Controller

Wheels

Power

Gears

Vex Workshops


What is vex

Robot Design

Motors

Hardware/Fasteners

Axles/Bearings

Robot Controller

Operator Controller

Wheels

Power

Gears

What is Vex






Controller

Motor Control Ports

Interrupts

Analog/Digital Inputs

Controller



Controller2
Controller

Tether Cable Port

Receiver Port

On/Off Switch

Battery Pack Connection


Receiver set up
Receiver Set-up

Crystal

61

RF Receiver



Transmitter front
Transmitter (front)

Channel 3

Channel 1

Channel 4

Channel 2

On/Off


Transmitter back
Transmitter (Back)

Transmitter Crystal

61

Channel 5

Channel 6

Tether Port

Battery Pack









The game
The Game!!!

Robots start in their alliance goal

Red Goal

24 Racquetballs

1 minute to score as many points as possible

Blue Goal

Blue Goal

2 Footballs

Qualifying Matches & Elimination Matches

Red Goal


How do you play
How do you Play????

  • 1 minute matches

  • Qualifying rounds:

    • 6 rounds

    • Teams are randomly paired into two robot alliances

  • 1 pt for every racquetball in your alliance goal

  • 10 pts for every football in your alliance goal

  • Every match you earn Qualifying Points (QPs)

    • The team with the most points in a match gets triple their opponents score for Qualifying Points

    • The team with the lowest points in the match get their own points for Qualifying Points


How do you win
How do you Win???

  • At the end of the Qualifying rounds the teams are ranked by their QP (Qualifying Points) total.

  • The top 4 teams pick their alliance partner to play with them in the Elimination rounds – one random alliance will have 2 partners (because we have 9 teams)

  • Elimination rounds:

    • The four alliances play the best 2 out of 3

    • Wins are decided by the total points scored, no more “triple the opponents score”


Robot design build
Robot Design & Build

  • Brainstorming

  • Prototype and Test Ideas

  • Finalize & Select One Design

  • Build

  • Test, Upgrade, Test, Upgrade, …


Brainstorming
Brainstorming

  • Process:

    • Select a Game Strategy

      • Determine What You’d Like the ‘Bot To Do

      • What Cababilites Must It Have, ie. Push, Grab, Defend

    • Generate Lots of Ideas (Divergent Thinking)

      • One Person’s “Wild Thought” Can Trigger Another’s “Great Idea”

      • Try Not Too Be Critical – Question and Discuss for Clarity and Understanding

    • Group & Sort Ideas

      • Converge to a Manageable & Realistic Few


Prototyping
Prototyping

  • Demonstrate Some of Your Concepts

    • Prove Out Your Ideas With Some Quick Mock-ups

    • Pieces of Functionality, ie. Plow or Scoop

    • Not Necessarily Final Design So Don’t Be Concerned with Detail


Final design selection
Final Design Selection

  • Review Outcomes of Your Prototyping

    • Some Test Questions

      • Can You Envision All your Ideas and Prototypes Working Together as One Robot?

      • Do You have Time to Complete, Enough Material, Motors, etc.?

  • Finalize Your Selection

    • Ensure Everyone on the Team Can Support the Design Decision


Build
Build

  • Choose a Build Coordinator

    • Will Oversee Build Efforts

    • Get Materials Together

    • Be on the Lookout for Potential Integration Issues

  • Breakout into a Couple Subteams, ie. Chasis, Ball Pick-up Mechanism

    • Ask For Help Sooner Than Later

  • Assign Out VEX Parts and Supplies

    • Get Materials Cut or Modified as needed

    • Acquire Additional Material from Other Kits as Required


Test upgrade test upgrade
Test, Upgrade, Test, Upgrade …

  • Once You Have Something Built – Test it out

    • Is It Performing as You Designed?

    • Can You Make Slight Modifications to Correct or Make it Perform Better ?

    • Be Open to Change as Almost No Design Works Flawlessly On the 1st Flight.

    • Practice, Practice, Practice

      • Use the Field Once You Have Something Ready


Gracious professionalism
Gracious Professionalism

  • Work to demonstrate Gracious Professionalism with your team and other teams

    • We want all teams to build working robots for the competition

  • Help other teams / individuals when you can

  • Ask for help from other teams / indivdiuals when you can

  • If someone really helped you or your team out, please recognize him / her by telling Joe Perrotto or John Larock


Schedule1
Schedule

  • 8:00 - 8:30 Safety, Who are we, Introductions

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Team Formation, Team Identity

  • 9:00 – 9:30 What is Vex, Familiarization with the Kit

  • 9:30 - 11:00 Vex Workshops

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Game Explanation

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch, begin robot design

  • 12:00 - 1:30 Build robot

  • 1:30 - 2:00 Match Schedule released, practice matches

  • 2:00 - 3:30 Qualifying Matches

  • 3:30 - 4:00 Alliance selection & Strategizing

  • 4:00 - 5:00 Elimination Matches

  • 5:00 - 5:30 Awards and Wrap-up


Any questions

Any Questions?

Let the MOE Vex Challenge begin!


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