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2017 JUMPSTART Training Sessions
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St Cloud State University
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7:30AM - 8:00AMCheck in Atwood Memorial Center
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8:00AM - 8:55AMRegistration and JUMPSTART Kick-offWelcome to JUMPSTARTSCSUSCSU
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Alex Jurek (4607)Dean of StudentsETS
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Hall and Room NumberWick Science Bldg 116Wick Science Bldg 125Wick Science Bldg 114Wick Science Bldg 124Wick Science Bldg 122Wick Science Bldg 107Wick Science Bldg 130Headley Hall 214Headley Hall 230Headley Hall 215HH 227
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9:00AM - 9:50AMRound 1Anatomy of a Drive TeamFundraising and SponsorshipsWhat to expect at a RegionalPneumaticsFRC Robot Control System OverviewKick-off and Ri3dProfessional AspirationsWomen in FIRST and STEM fieldsBuilding & Retaining A Quality Mentor CorpsAwards and SubmissionsRobot and Pit Showcases
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The Drive team must be throughly thought out and trained. Nate (FRC 2169 Alum, FRC MC) will outline what it takes for students to fulfill each role on the drive team. No funds, no robot. Great fundraising and great partnerships can help to build your bottom line. Both teams have bulked up their piggy-banks with sponsors and fresh fundraising ideas.This session will help you get the most out of your competition experience. Get an overview of a FRC regional - setting your goals, what happens on and off the field, alliance selection, awards, and qualifying for Champs and State Overlooking your pneumatics could lead to an ineffective robot. This session is dedication to showcase the potential for great pneumatic systems and manipultors.Basics of the FRC Robot Control system and components. 30 minutes or less of presentation with the remainder reserved for discussion. Rookies / new students and mentors bring your control system questions. Which language? Which programming methodology? Changes for 2018 moved to CSA session in Round 5.Highlighting the importance of attending a well-run kick-off and how it can change your team's path in the new season. The Bison Robotics Ri3d team will showcase what they do in their 3 day challenge.Collect tips and tricks to successfully navigate the beginning of your career by delving into topics regarding personal branding, how to land the job, stellar job performance, and more. Facilitated by Rebecca Earl, a senior in CSE and 1816 alum, alongside Bison members and 4607 women, this is a forum for female team members talk about STEM in college and beyond, but also have the women on teams talk about some of things they are doing to do for girls in the community, such as SWENext, GEMS, ways to recruit, etc.Recruiting and retaining quality mentors is a key to any team’s success and longevity. We have been able to retain an incredible set of mentors over the years, as well as experienced positive growth with respect to mentorship.An easy (and lazy) guideline to building your team - using the FRC awards as a map to continued succes.
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Nate Vetter (FIRST Volunteer, 2169 Alum)Andy Paulson (4539)Yoji Shimizu (AABA)Todd Bolzer (3026)Chris Roadfeldt (4607)NDSU's Bison Robotics GreenHorns Ri3d TeamEmma Schreifels (Bison Robotics, 4607)Rebecca Earl (1816)5690Alex Jurek (4607)Various Teams
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9:55AM - 10:45AMRound 2Manipulators Part 1Drive TrainsElectricalLabVIEWWhat to expect when you are inspectedLogistics & Effective Communication on your teamProfessional AspirationsSocial Media in FRCTeam Handbooks and why you need one Hubs, Alliances and CoalitionsRobot and Pit Showcases
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Drive trains are always the main concern of a robotics team. However, too many robotics teams don't look deep enough on what manipulators have been used in the past games. (focus on Game Piece Manipulators) An all-encompassing look at drive trains that have been used at their best in FRC by someone that knows them.You need to build a robot. Therefore you need to know electrical: Energy Budget, Components, Wiring. Learn how to do this the correct way.Learn what LabView is capable of doing from a Labview Beta testing teamThe most crucial and nailbiting portion of a competition this side of alliance selections; Jon Stratis has been a Lead Robot Inspector for many events. His expertise will help your team prepare for inspections properly.Tips on how to organize your team. This session will be geared towards organization, communication, and creating a calendar with apps such as Slack and Trello.Collect tips and tricks to successfully navigate the beginning of your career by delving into topics regarding personal branding, how to land the job, stellar job performance, and more.What's Your Social Media footprint? Let's develop effective communications strategies togetherWhy every team needs a handbook, some examples will be given out as reference to make your own. An important aspect of the FIRST Competition is working with other teams. A major part of networking should happen before a regional or competitve event. Getting your team into a Hub/Alliance/ Coalition can be crucial to the success and survival of your team.
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Mark Durand (3023)Ryan Swanson (COR/Bison Robotics/4607)Todd Kruse (3840)Steve (3026)Matt Mittag (MN LRI, 1816)Maggie Maine (4607)Emma Schreifels (Bison Robotics, 4607)Rebecca Earl, Simone Vaillancourt (1816)Jesse Frost (3134/3275)Alex Jurek (4067), Ben Wandmacher (5542)Various Teams
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10:50AM - 11:40AMRound 3Manipulators Part 2Game StrategyElectricalRobot BuilderWhat to expect when you are inspectedSafety FIRSTCookies for RookiesCulture Change & the Chairman's AwardCore ValuesPit Development and Training the Pit CrewRobot and Pit Showcases
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Looking deeper into the abyss of past FRC games, Mark Durand will showcase what manipulators have been used. (Focus on Field Element Manipulators)Ryan will take an in-depth look at how to prepare for the game.You need to build a robot. Therefore you need to know electrical: Energy Budget, Components, Wiring. Learn how to do this the correct way.Learn how to use the Robot Builder tool to create a command based robot code platform. Shown with Java but applicable to C++ and Java.The most crucial and nailbiting portion of a competition this side of alliance selections; Matt Mittag has been a Lead Robot Inspector for many events. His expertise will help your team prepare for inspections properly.Safety presentation and quizThis session is geared for teams that are still in their first few years. We will be hosting a roundtable of experienced mentors to answer questions that rookie, first year, and second year teams face.A co-presented session with 4607 and (any other CA teams attending), Strategies and goals to help Teams prepare submissionsWhat are core values? Why are they important for an FRC team? This session will discuss these questions and provide an overview of one process that can be used to help students and mentors identify and define their team’s core values.What goes into designing a pit? How can you stand out? 4607 wll share their tricks. Along with having a pit that works for your team, you need to have a properly trained pit crew to be efficient under the pressure of competitions.
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Mark Durand (3023)Ryan Swanson (Bison Robotics/4607)Todd Kruse (3840)Corey Applegate (3244)Matt Mittag (MN LRI, 1816)1816Nate Novak (5914), Justin Scheider (5690)1816 & 4607Yoji Shimizu (AABA)Mitchell Sakry and Tom Murphy (4607)Various Teams
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11:40AM - 12:20PMTeam Showcases1816453956904728
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Robot and Pit Showcases
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The Green Machine Edina High School, Edina, MNKAOTIC Robotics Frazee High School, Frazee, MNSub-Zero Robotics Esko High School, Esko, MNRench Reckers Rocori High School, Cold Spring, MNThe Accelerators and The Regulators Cass Lake Bena Schools Cass Lake, MN
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12:20PM - 1:00PMTeam Showcases46075913302631023244
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C.I.S. Becker High School, Becker, MNPatriotics Pequot Lakes HS, Pequot Lakes, MNOrange Crush Robotics Delano High School, Delano, MNTNT Nevis High School, Nevis, MNThe GearHeads St Cloud Area Schools, St Cloud, MNVarious Teams
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1:05PM - 1:55PMRound 4Manipulators Part 3Drive TrainsScouting to WinMarketing at RegionalsCSA's are your best friendSafety FIRSTAnatomy of a Drive TeamParts ExchangeFIRST in MN Mentor Round TablePrototyping with 3D PrintersRobot and Pit Showcases
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Building on the previous two sessions, this final part will be the capstone of the series.An all-encompassing look at drive trains that have been used at their best in FRC by someone that knows them.The strategy and scouting session will cover scouting in the off-season, Ri3D, Chief Delphi, the Blue Alliance, FRC Spyder, kickoff collaborations, networking during the build season, week zero events, scouting prior to competitions, and scouting at regionals.Branding your team from the experts. FRC team 1816 'The Green Machine' is a veteran of FIRST and how to successfully brand your team.Open session with two of Minnesota's Lead CSAs. eg; Q: "What is a CSA?" A: "A CSA is the Control Systems Advisor. We're the duct tape and WD40 for control systems and robots, available to help your team on and off season." Q: "How do I do X or Y?"Safety presentation and quizThe Drive team must be throughly thought out and trained. Nate (FRC 2169 Alum, FRC MC) will outline what it takes for students to fulfill each role on the drive team. A virtual market where teams can exchange parts. This app is about to take the FRC community by storm as it allows teams to offload parts as well as find new parts. This is the Craigslist for FRC.Roundtable discussion - mentors, members can bring their ideas, concerns, whatever they need to know about FIRST in MN, to the MN Regional Planning Chair & the MN Regionals VC/FSMA testament to what makes 3d printing so invaluable. In less than 2 seasons 4607 went from no prototyping to prototyping nearly 100 parts.
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Mark Durand (3023)Ryan Swanson (Bison Robotics/4607)56901816Todd Kruse (3840) & Chris Roadfeldt (4607)1816Nate Vetter (FIRST Volunteer, 2169 Alum)3184FIRST in Minnesota4607Various Teams
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2:00PM - 3:00PMRound 5Logistics & Effective Communication on your teamTeam HandbookScouting to WinBumpers2018 Control System Changes / Advanced Controls QA w/ CSAWebsites and Social Media Balancing FRC, Work, and LifeParts ExchangeFIRST in MN Mentor Round TableImportance of Week 0 EventsRobot and Pit Showcases
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Tips on how to organize your team. This session will be geared towards organization, communication, and creating a calendar with apps such as Slack and Trello.Why every team needs a handbook, some examples will be given out as reference to make your own. The strategy and scouting session will cover scouting in the off-season, Ri3D, Chief Delphi, the Blue Alliance, FRC Spyder, kickoff collaborations, networking during the build season, week zero events, scouting prior to competitions, and scouting at regionals.Bumpers are a significant part of the robot design. Find out how to build FRC compatible bumpers that will hold up to a season's worth of battle on the field.Review of 2018 Control System Changes. QA session for beta and advanced control mechanisms. eg; Bring your vision and other advanced control questions.Learning to navigate webistes for FRC successFRC can be challenging, and time consuming. Learn froma pro on how to balance Life, FRC, and Work.A virtual market where teams can exchange parts. This app is about to take the FRC community by storm as it allows teams to offload parts as well as find new parts. This is the Craigslist for FRC.Roundtable discussion - mentors, members can bring their ideas, concerns, whatever they need to know about FIRST in MN, to the MN Regional Planning Chair & the MN Regionals VC/FSMMany teams build a great robot but never think to practice in a live setting. TNT will showcase why the Week Zero events are so crucial to robot performance at a regional.
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Maggie Maine (4607)Jesse Frost (3134, 3275)56905638Steve and Brandon Moe (3026), Todd Kruse (3840) and Chris Roadfeldt (4607)David Dale (3244)Alyson Purdy (1816 & 2239)3184FIRST in Minnesota3102Various Teams
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