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Sizing Box

Aug 28, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Getting Started in FTC, Tutorials  //  No Comments

All FTC robots must fit inside of an 18″ cube, and the judges put your robot into a 18″ cube once you get to the competition. To make sure that your robot is the correct size, it is very helpful to build a sizing box. Attached is a very simple tutorial on building a sizing box for your team.


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PID Controller

Aug 25, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, FIRST Tech Challenge  //  No Comments

Scenario: You have built a robot that has encoder motors on the wheels. You turn on PID control in RobotC to make sure that the motors are spinning at the correct speed, yet when you run your program the robot doesn’t seem to drive at the correct speed, nor does it drive straight.

Issue: Your robot doesn’t drive straight, even though you have PID control turned on.
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Dean Kamen Mosaic

May 19, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  2 Comments
Dean Kamen and his Mosaic

Dean and Mosaic

During World Competitions, our team presented Dean Kamen with a custom mosaic built by a robotic-arm in Boston Mass. We presented the mosaic to Dean for his 60th Birthday, and for the 20th season of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Read more >>

World Competitions, Part 2

May 1, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Robot & Team  //  No Comments

We won Inspire! Yes…if you read the last blog post, you would have seen that I already knew that, yet that post was about our field. I would first like to ay that we were very sorry that one of our members, Nathan, wasn’t able to attend the Black Eyed Peas concert, and hence not able to receive the award given to our team. If you also noticed (if you were at the event) that our team wasn’t in our apparel due to the fact that it was Friday night, and we weren’t attending as a team. Now with that said, we are very excited that we received the Inspire award! We would like to greatly thank our sponsors (check out our sponsor page), specifically ROLLS, because without you creating the first Sunday competitions we wouldn’t be here now. We would also like to thank FIRST for running this amazing program, and especially all of the volunteers. FIRST wouldn’t be here without all of your help! Have a nice break in the off season, and see you guys next year!

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