Robotics 101. 2011. FRC Kick-off Workshops Ken Stafford. Caveats!. One size does NOT fit all! Only “secret sauce” is to do what’s right for YOUR students It is not about the robot… It IS about the team. 20 year’s of doing this. And us?. FRC 190 (WPI/Mass Academy)
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1. How long is the Autonomous period of the Match? The Teleoperated? The finale?
2. How many teams are on each alliance?
3. When can the human player re-enter the balls to the field?
4. When do game pieces count as scored?
5. When are the match scores calculated?
6. What safety equipment must be worn all times when in the pit or on stage?
7. What is the robot's starting size, in inches?
8. What size and weight can the robot expand to when in the finale configuration?
9. A robot is allowed to possess how many balls at one time? How many balls can it carry?
10. How far can the ball protrude inside the robot's frame perimeter?
11. How many points is a ball scored in autonomous worth? In teleoperation? In the endgame?
12. How much is a suspended robot worth? An elevated robot?
13. How many coopertition bonus points does the winning alliance receive? The losing alliance?
14. Where can the balls be placed before autonomous? How many balls, total, begin in each zone? How many robots may be in each zone, per alliance?
15. How many robots may be in their opponent's zone, maximum?
16. Who is allowed to talk to the Head Referee after a match to dispute or clarify a call?
17. How many balls may a robot possess at a time?
18. How many balls may a robot carry at a time?
19. How long can you pin a robot before being penalized?
20. A blue robot scores a ball into a red goal. How many penalties does the blue alliance receive? How many points? Does the red alliance gain a point?
21. What two criteria can be met to allow the robot to expand to its finale configuration?
22. How far can the ball protrude into the robot's frame perimeter?
23. How long does each alliance have to return a ball to the field after it is scored? A second ball?
1. In general, what are the functions of the cRIO and the Driver Station? How do they communicate with each other?
2. There are several sensors in front of me (point to pile) and more on 2K5. Select three and describe what they are used for and why.
3. What are the two types of speed controllers found on 2k9? What are the two types and how did we decide where to use each type?
4. There are multiple types of over-current protection devices on our robot. Point out two different kinds (on 2k5 or the Gears Bot), describe what they do, how they work, and what is different about them.
5. Describe what happens when voltage is applied to a motor and, due to the load imposed, it does not turn.
6. Choose one motor from each of these two piles, name them, explain what they are being used for on this year's robot, and why we chose them.
7. Relative to the robot driveline, answer the following: How is it powered? What driving modes exist? What is its maximum speed?
8. What are the independently powered systems that take the moon rocks from the ground to scoring? What are the parameters necessary to be in a scoring position? How many moon rocks can we hold?
9. How does our robot contend with the limited traction available with the Lunacy field? Describe the motor control and sensor suite that enables this capability.
10. What is the minimum operating voltage we should ever use for a match, and what voltage should you see in a fully charged battery?
11. Situation: During our first attempted moon rock delivery, the upper section of the cobra becomes disabled, what do we do for the remainder of the match?
12. Compared to other teams, what do you feel makes us different?
Why do you think you would be a good coach for Team 190?
We expect to see the following characteristics in effective coaches, please choose two of the following and provide evidence that supports your ability.
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If selected as coach, what would you do between now and the competitions? What would you do between each of our competitions?
How/when would you use the scouting information available to you at the competitions?
The match is going well when suddenly the robot stops dead and the driver tells you that it’s not responding. How do you go about solving the problem? Explain your decisions. (10 secs)
Scenario: Team 190 is going into the semifinal rubber match (Match #3), as the alliance captain. The shooter is currently broken, but the steering and collection still works. The replacement robot is more maneuverable than team 190’s, but has no scoring or collection mechanisms. Your opponents have one good long range shooter and two decent dumpers, and your partners are decent ranged shooters. The turret cannot be fixed before you must choose to play the match or go for a replacement. Do you choose to play the replacement? Explain your decision. (30 secs)