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ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0000 JRFLL1 0013 JRFLL 20160305 10 04 41 IMG 1073For ages 6-10: Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements

 

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ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0001 20160305 13 59 01 D70 IMG 1419Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. FIRST LEGO League* teams research a real-world problem and design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®

 

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ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0002 Layer 7Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations

 

 

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ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0003 Layer 6Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology we call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind.

 

 

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FIRST Tech Challenge Teams - are you ready to play Relic Recovery?

Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge partner USRA STEMaction Center, Inc. is excited to announce two Kickoff Events for the 2017/18 season.

When: September 9th, 2017, 10am to 2pm

Where:
South Carroll High School (Register Now!)
1300 W Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784
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Universities Space Research Association (Register Now!)
7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046

 

Workshop schedules for the morning and afternoon sessions will be identical. Different presenters are hosting workshops at each site but are covering similar material.
Teams don't forget to bring your own lunch if you would like. Areas are set up for food after the game reveal.

South Carroll Kickoff Sessions

Scouting – 7973 Electron Volts

Knowing who you’re playing with and against can give you an enormous edge in competition. Learn how to collect and make use of scouting information. 

Judging and Awards – 5142 RM’ed and Dangerous

There are many awards in FTC other than robot performance given on competition day. Learn about the requirements for each award and how to improve your team’s overall presentation. 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – 10338 Dark Matters

Every team hits snags. A key component of FTC is being challenged and working through difficult problems. Having a well-organized team that runs on team work and cooperation is key to succeeding in FIRST.  Dark Matters is entering their third year of FTC. In this session they’ll explain how they organize their team and what best practices have gotten them this far.

Strategy Session – Peter Maldonado, Alum 5421 RM’ed and Dangerous
Before any veteran team even touches the robot kit, they have a crucial meeting: a strategy session where they dissect the game manual to break the new game down and determine their overarching strategy for the season. These meetings inform the way a team approaches their build and programming from the get-go, and help determine the course of a team’s season.

USRA Kickoff Sessions

Math is Not a Four Letter Word – Andy Driesman, Mentor- 4318 Green Machine Reloaded

Back by popular demand! -  How long should a “robot arm” be?  Which gears should we use?  In what combination?  How do I stop burning up motors? How can we figure out what a robot will do without building it?  These are some of the questions that will be answered in this session.  Often teams take a “trial and error” approach to designing/building FTC robots.  This is time intensive and can force teams into poor design solutions because they don’t have time to seek and implement better solutions.  A basic understanding of physics and the judicious use of math will allow teams to quickly calculate how a robot will perform. 

How to Turn a Pile of Metal Into a Robot – 8221 Cubix^3 and 7182 Mechanical Paradox

Many teams’ seasons have some moment near the beginning where team members stare at a box of metal parts and ask “now what?” Don’t have that kind of season. Come learn how to cross the chasm from brainstorming ideas to turning them into a winning robot.

Judging and Awards – 9794 Wizards.exe

There are many awards in FTC other than robot performance given on competition day. Learn about the requirements for each award and how to improve your team’s overall presentation. 

 

This session runs from 2pm - 4pm during the Open House hours at the USRA STEMaction Center.

Flash Relic Recovery Strategy Session – 7182 Mechanical Paradox

Before a veteran team even touches the robot kit, they have a crucial meeting: a strategy session where they dissect the game manual to break the new game down and determine their overarching strategy for the season. These meetings inform the way a team approaches their build and programming from the get-go, and help determine the course of a team’s season. Join veteran team Mechanical Paradox as they have a flash session to break down the Relic Recovery game manual and develop a strategy.