Team Spyder 1622 FRC Team (FIRST Robotics Competition) Spring 2014. Poway High School Robotics. For more information, please contact: Rodger Dohm , Poway High School – Instructor, Team 1622 FIRST Robotics Lead Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org Christoph Hiemcke, Mentor, GA-ASI employee,
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FRC Team (FIRST Robotics Competition)
Spring 2014Poway High School Robotics
For more information, please contact:
Rodger Dohm, Poway High School – Instructor,
Team 1622 FIRST Robotics Lead Advisor
Christoph Hiemcke, Mentor, GA-ASI employee,
author of this document
Matthew Culley, Mentor, GA-ASI employee
Clark Schiferl, Mentor, GA-ASI employee
Poway High School: Engineering Pathway
FIRST: JrFLL, FLL, FRC, and FRC
Background on FRC
2014 FRC Challenge “Aerial Assist”
Team Spyder 2014: Mechanical Team
2014 Regional Competition
Team Spyder: Website
This presentation provides an overview of the Poway High School Robotics “Team Spyder 1622” and the worldwide FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in which it competes. Special emphasis is on the activities of the 2014 season.
One purpose of this presentation is to express our gratitude to our sponsors, including GA through its GASSS program.
The Engineering Pathway is a set of STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology):
The Engineering Pathway is part of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which involves 68 university partners. Many universities have special scholarships for FIRST participants.
The Robotics course is open to all Poway High School students, from Grade 9-12.
FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen (of Segway fame) in 1989. FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
FIRST is now divided into four programs, based on the participant’s age.
FLL (FIRST Lego League) uses the LegoMindstorms robotics components, whereas FTC (FIRST Technology Challenge) uses the TETRIX system.
The FRC is usually a sports-like game with two opposing teams on a field. Each side has three robots. During the qualifiers, robots are assigned to each side. During later rounds, winning teams get to choose their partners.
Each game begins with an autonomous period of about 30 seconds, followed by about two minutes of remotely operated action.
In R/C mode, the pilots use joysticks to drive the robots via a wireless link. The robots are about five feet high with a footprint of about 3x3 feet. They are limited in weight to 150 pounds.
The 2014 “Aerial Assist” game is almost a mix of basketball and volleyball. Spanning the midline of the court is a truss (see photo on next slide). On either end of the court there are windows behind which the operators stand. Above the windows are oval holes which are goals for scoring. On the ground at each corner is a frame: when the ball is pushed through it, points are scored. Passing the ball between robots is also worth points.
2014 Challenge “Aerial Assist”
Students watching the kick-off on Saturday, 4 Jan 2014
Students brainstorm, make sketches, and build wooden protoypes: this one was a kicking-pendulum design
Students re-design the robot using Creo Parametric 2.0, made available to all FTC teams for free
Students and mentors troubleshooting during the assembly: we settled on a launching frame with a linear spring (we added surgical tubing later, to increase the launch force)
Exploration of simulation capabilities within PTC/Creo: using Creo/Mechanism to model spring-loaded launchers
Exploration of simulation capabilities within PTC/Creo: using Creo/Simulate to predict stresses in the launch frame
Regional Competition in San Diego (Sports Arena): our pit area
Regional Competition in San Diego (Sports Arena): score!
Regional Competition in San Diego (Sports Arena): ready!
Regional Competition in San Diego (Sports Arena): block!
It would be nice to see GA-ASI more prominently featured!