Purdue FIRST Forums 2019

Logistics & Schedule Information



FRC Teams

FTC Teams

7:30 AM

Doors Open

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Welcome & Announcements


ARMS 1010

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Session 1

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Session 2

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Session 3

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Session 4

Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Lunch Break

Session 5

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Session 6

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Session 7


For cars, pickup trucks, small passenger vans, and other vehicles under 7’ tall the best place to park is the Northwestern Parking Garage (504 Northwestern Ave). The University Street Parking Garage (201 N University St) is another decent option.

For buses and other large vehicles, you’ll be parking in the gravel lot located south of the Dauch Alumni Center on Grant St.  You can stop to drop off/pick up your passengers at the bus stops outside of Armstrong Hall (701 W Stadium Ave) or the Physics Building (525 Northwestern Ave).

Note that we are sharing campus with the Purdue Half-Marathon and there will be several streets with traffic restrictions throughout the morning.  See the map on the next page for the ones most likely to impact your route, or see the half-marathon website for the complete list of street closures.

Check In

Your lead mentor or other adult in charge for the day will need to check in and pick up name tags for your team at the information desk in the Forney Hall lobby for FRC teams or the Armstrong Hall atrium for FTC teams.  All students must wear a name tag throughout the event to comply with Purdue policy.

Make sure you’re pre-registered to simplify check-in!

These locations will also be staffed all day if you have any questions or concerns about the event.

Food Options

The campus area is filled with places to find food:

Purdue Memorial Union: Pappy’s Sweet Shop Diner, Starbucks, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen

Stadium/Northwestern Area: Starbucks, McDonalds, Jimmy Johns, Subway, Another Broken Egg Cafe, Stacked Pickle, Yummy Time

The Village (east of campus, 5-10 minute walk): Qdoba, Einstein Bagels, Chipotle, Potbelly, Panda Express, Greyhouse Coffee and Supply, Mad Mushroom Pizza, and much, much more.




Grace Drukker

Event Coordinator


Brad Thompson

FRC Program Coordinator



Keith Hall

FTC Program Coordinator





ARMS 1021

ARMS 1028

ARMS 1103

ARMS 1109

ARMS 3115

ARMS 1010


ARMS Atrium

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Check In - ARMS Atrium

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

FTC Welcome / Outreach Beyond our Borders

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Social Media & Marketing

FTC Robot Physics

FTC Team Leadership

League Meet Organizers

CAD with PTC Creo

FTC Home Base

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Engineering Notebook & Judging Tips

Dean's List

Java Programming

Business Plan & Recruiting

ABCs of Judging Practice for League Organizers

Rookie Robot Programming

CAD with Autodesk Inventor

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Game Rules & Strategy


FTC Vision Processing

Judging & Awards

Robot Design Principles

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

FTC Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

FTC Referee Training

Engineering Notebook

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Rules & Referee Q&A

Engineering Notebook One-on-One Review

Judge Practice Interviews

FTC CSA / FTA / Inspector Training

CAD for 3D Printing with Autodesk Fusion

FTC Home Base

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Team Web Sites

FTC Scorekeeper Training

FTC Mentor Roundtable



FRNY 1043




PHYS 110

PHYS 202

PHYS 203

PHYS 238

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Check In - FRNY Lobby

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

FRC Welcome & Announcements

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Purdue Campus Tour

Basic FRC Java Programming

Student Board Year in Preview

Volunteering and You

Business Strategies for a Sustainable Team

Strategic Resource Constrained Design

Preventing Burnout

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Understanding the Whole Robot

FRC Vision Processing

Business Plan How-To

Building & Maintaining Success

Fulfilling Graduation Pathways with FIRST

Mechanism Design

More than Robots

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

A CSA’s Guide to Robot Troubleshooting

Swerve Drive Software

Chairman’s Panel

Growing FIRST in Indiana

3D Printing for FIRST

College Student Q&A

Presentations that Don’t Suck

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Teaching Command-Based Java

Student Board Roundtable

Sensors for FRC Robots

Building Better Bumpers

Statewide Advocacy

Building a Team Brand

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

FRC Lunch

Lunch with Triangle & Phi Sigma Rho

FRC Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Motion Profiling

PID Control

Community Catalyst Program

The 5 ‘L’s of Leadership

Video Editing with Blender

Using the KOP Drivetrain

From Club to Team: Building Team Culture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Chat about Construction and Cities (and SPACE!)

Photo & Video Library Management

Peer Leadership & Conflict Resolution

Preparing for College