CIA Mentoring #2

CIA wanted help with setting up their robot for testing and they were getting a warning on their Driver Hub that said that the version of the Control Hub and Driver Hub were not matching. We explained to them that the warning doesn’t prevent the robot from running because if the Control Hub’s version is below the Driver Hub’s version then the robot can still run as intended.

Us explaining what the warning means to them

Brainstorming with Coding the Cosmics

Coding the Cosmics, a rookie FTC team, came to our HQ to join our season brainstorming session. We showed them how we use Planning Poker to determine the difficulty of tasks and how we discuss each mission. We were happy that we could help a rookie team develop strategies for the season and learn methods of planning to use in future seasons.

Planning for the Freight Frenzy season with Coding the Cosmics

Potential Energy Mentoring

We invited Potential Energy over to our HQ to teach them about FTC. First, we talked about how to do well in tournaments and how they function. We also gave them a tour of HQ, showed them our robot, and gave advice on robots. Along with this, we also showed them a bit of our programming to give them a sense of what it’s like. After we talked to them about tournaments, robot, and programming they were very eager to ask questions. We answered them all with as much detail as we could. They were very excited to compete in person this year, and it was a great experience to be able to share this with them.

Talking to Potential Energy about tournaments
Talking about robots

Kickoff Presentation

At the MN FTC Kickoff event, our team presented about outreach. The title of our presentation was “Everything You Need to Know about Outreach” and in it, we covered what outreach is, how to find and set up events, and general outreach tips. The presentation went well and we were able to answer the audience’s questions. We even received feedback that an audience member learned a lot and enjoyed it. It was very exciting to go to kickoff and be able to present. We had presented at the 2020-2021 Ultimate Goal Kickoff, but it was all virtual so this was a different experience. We hope to present at kickoff again next year!

Introducing our presentation about Outreach

Building FLL LEGO Sets

A couple of our team members helped build LEGO mission sets that would be used at FLL tournaments during the Cargo Connect season. All of our team members came from FLL and one of the things our team misses about FLL is building the LEGO mission models. We had a lot of fun and we hope we can do it again next year.

Team members building LEGO mission models

CIA Mentoring #1

During our FLL to FTC Webinar, we invited the teams to come visit our HQ to learn about our workspace and how we work. One of the teams that came to visit was CIA. We gave them a tour of our HQ and helped them create and program a basic push-bot. This was a great experience for us to learn more about their team and practice teaching robotics which we will use in the future.

Maniac Mechanics Mentoring

We invited Maniac Mechanics over to our HQ to scrim with them and tell them about how in-person tournaments work because they have never been to one. Their rookie year was Ultimate Goal which was all remote so they reached out to us to ask for help. Throughout the meeting, we learned how they detected the ring stack and how their robot works. They had a lot of questions about tournaments and how matches played to which we happily answered. After answering some questions, we scrimmaged with them to show how another robot being on the field impacts their play and the field. It was a blast and we hope that we can help each other in the future!

Scrimmaging with Maniac Mechanics and showing them how our robot works.

Coding The Cosmics Mentoring #2

We invited Coding the Cosmics over to our workspace and showed them around. We talked to them about what they needed to start and how much space they needed. After showing them around, we helped them attach a battery mount and the REV Control Hub to their robot. We also showed them how to setup Android Studio and program a basic starter robot. When they got their robot working, they were super happy and excited seeing their robot drive for the first time. We had a ton of fun and plan to continue helping them with the upcoming season.

Aaron showing Coding the Cosmics how to drive their robot.

Minnesota State Fair Demo

We demoed our robot at the Minnesota State Fair in a High Tech Kids booth with other FTC teams. We talked to people passing by and told them about FIRST, then let them drive our robot and handed out robot drivers licenses. We were able to show off the challenges from two different seasons, Ultimate Goal and Skystone, and had a chance to see how the robot interacted with others on the field. It was a fun event and we hope to do it again next year.

Demoing the robot
High Tech Kids and the demoing teams

Coding the Cosmics Mentoring

After mentoring Coding the Cosmics as an FLL team (AGONY Girls) and giving them our FLL to FTC presentation they asked us for more assistance. We went to their HQ and talked with them about FTC. Three of their members were there and we helped them with their robot. They had built a basic tank drivetrain from an FTC REV kit. When we worked with them we added the REV Control Hub and battery to the robot and helped them wire it. We explained how the hub worked and how to connect to the Driver Hub. It was a great experience and we are planning on meeting with them again.

Our teammate explaining how the Drive Hub works
Helping Coding the Cosmics build their robot