FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

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FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

Presented By…









Colton Mehlhoff

FTC 4140


Fish in the Boat

Modeling & Robot Design

University of Minnesota









Scott McDowell

FTC 4140


Fish in the Boat

Coach / Mentor

High Tech Kids

Why are we here?


Learn more about FTC


Compare and contrast FTC with FRC


Destroy the Misconceptions


More STEM


More Robots!!


What is FTC?


FIRST Robotics program positioned between and
overlapping both FRC and FLL


7
th



12
th

Grade


Up to 10 students on the team


Two
-
on
-
Two, Driver Controlled Format


12’ x 12’ Competition Area


Medium Sized Robots (18”x18”x18”)


5
-
8 Qualification Rounds


Top 4 Qualification Seeds are Alliance Captains


Best 2 out of 3 Elimination Ladder

Hook


Surprise! FTC is not all about the Robot.


As with all FIRST robotics programs, the robot
is the hook to draw people into the program


Real
-
World and Engineering skills are the core
of what participants gain

FTC Misconceptions


FTC is a JV program


FRC is the Varsity Sport for the Mind


So, FTC must be something else?!


Competition with Erector sets


All Kit
-
of
-
Parts Robots


Less Engineering


Bigger Robots must be harder

How is FTC Like FRC?


Design & Build Robot


Program Robot


Alliance Format


Drive Teams
-

2 Drivers & 1
Coach


Partners vs. Opponents


Qualification Rounds


Elimination Rounds


Competitive Game
Strategies


Scouting




Outreach


Modeling Robot


Web sites


Business Plans / Strategic
Plans


Videos


Marketing & Team Branding


Corporate Sponsorships


Work with Engineering
Community


High Energy Tournaments


How is FTC Different than FRC?


Robots are smaller


18”x18”x18”


Limited by size and electronics vs. cost, weight and size


Robots are slower than FRC


No Bumpers


FTC Robots tend to be more Complex & less Sophisticated


Components are more restricted


Build and Tournament Season combined


Iterative Design


don’t have to guess right the first time


No Human Player


No Video Navigation Systems


Engineering Notebook


Advantages of FRC over FTC


Cool Factor


Robots are bigger & go faster


FRC more recognized program


Longer History


Team & Program Legacy


More sophisticated robot systems available


Pneumatics,
Electronics & COTS


Large competition arena & easier for audience to see robot game


More Programming options


More Awards


Deans List


Woodie Flowers Award vs. Compass Award


Better representation at the World Championships


FRC 400/2600 = 15%


FTC 128/3000 = 4%


FLL 70/24,000 = 0.3%


Advantages of FTC over FRC


Longer combined build and tournaments season


Iterative Design


No Bag & Tag


Smaller teams


students can work on all parts of program


Favors development of Generalists over Specialists


Scales with number of students


Robot is more transportable to demos & tournaments


Learning curve is lower on the front end


Cost
-

$2000 team startup costs


Less space required


More student driven with guidance from mentors


More use of sensors and autonomous programming


Why Start FTC teams?


Scales with student population


Team size limit up to 10


Cost $2000 for a startup team


Different engineering skills than FRC


Generalists more than specialists


Progression of Programs


Transition from FLL to FTC to FRC


Allows for a new system of challenges every 3
-
5 years


Iterative design


Boys vs. Girls vs. Coed teams


$500 Rookie Grants!

Tetrix Building Systems


Developed by LEGO and
Pitsco

Education


35% discount to FTC Teams


32mm repeating pattern aluminum system


Reusable for multiple seasons


Single 12VDC Battery based


Up to 8 DC Motors


Up to 12 Servos (4 varieties)


Servo & Motor Controllers

Matrix Building Systems


Matrix Building System


Geared to international teams


Tetrix system outside the US is very expensive


HiTechnic

is the US distributor


Closer to VEX building system


Reusable for multiple seasons


Single 9VDC Battery based


LEGO Building Systems


LEGO
Mindstorms

NXT


EV3 not legal for 2013
-
2014 season


LEGO Manufactured Sensors


LEGO Motors


Any LEGO Part


Duplo

Parts are not legal

Communications System


Samantha
WiFi

Communications
Module


Replaced Bluetooth four years ago


Provides all communication
between the Field Control System
(FCS) and the Robot


Limited Security & Susceptible to
Disruption

LEGO &
HiTechnic

Sensors


Touch


Light


Color


Infra
-
Red


Ultra
-
Sonic


Electro
-
Optical Position
Detector (EOPD)


Magnetic



Force


Angle


Compass


Gyro


Tilt/Accelerometer


Motor/Axle Encoders


Touch Sensor MUX


Sensor MUX

Custom Developed Sensors


HiTechnic

NXT Super
-
Pro Prototype Board


Must only connect to the named ports on the board


Must be powered by the voltage available through the
board


Additional circuit boards may be connected to the
Prototype board


On board processor may not be re
-
programmed


Legal Raw Materials


a.
Raw
materials may be used in any dimension and quantity. Teams may use these
raw materials to make any type of finished part.

b.
A
Raw material can be any type of commonly available material including steel,
aluminum, plastic (of any kind), fiberglass, carbon fiber, stone, wood (including
paper, plywood, etc.). Also included are
castable

materials such as polymer resins,
rubber, cement, etc.

c.
To
be legal a Raw Material must be readily available to the majority of teams from
standard distributors (e.g. McMaster
-
Carr, Home Depot, Grainger, etc.). Materials
that are found in only one region or can only be obtained from a team’s sponsor
are not allowed.

d.
Materials
in the form of angle, channel, tubing, sheet, film, blocks, etc. are allowed
but these same shapes with post machined features (holes, slots, etc.) are
considered to be Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS)

Legal COTS

a.
Linear
Slides

b.
Non
-
motorized
Turntables and Lazy
Susans
.

c.
Lead
Screws and threaded rod plus compatible nuts.

d.
Servo
blocks (e.g.
ServoCity

Part # SB608SH and SB609SH), shaft adaptors, servo arms, ball links, shaft
clamps

e.
#25
or #35 chain with associated links.

f.
Timing
belts of any size and pitch.

g.
Gears
of any size and pitch, including non
-
circular gears such as rack, worm, bevel, etc.

h.
Sprockets
of any size and pitch.

i.
Pulleys
including sheaves, timing belt, etc.

j.
Springs
of any type and material (coil, extension, compression, leaf, etc.) that are used in a safe manner.

k.
Fasteners
of any size, including nuts, bolts, screws, shoulder screws, washers, spacers, shaft collars, shaft
couplers, rivets, Velcro, etc.

l.
Bearings
of any type and material. Including bushings, roller bearings, etc.

m.
PVC
, CPVC, PEX piping and fittings.

n.
Extruded

o.
T
-
slot
aluminum construction material along with all compatible brackets and fittings (i.e. 80
-
20, Macron
Dynamics, etc.).

p.
Wheels
of any type up to 4” diameter. Wheels that have exposed features likely to cause damage to field
and/or game elements are not allowed.

Beyond the Building Systems

a
. Rope, cord, cable, monofilament, etc. These can be made from natural
(cotton, wool, etc.), polymers (nylon, polyester, etc.), or metal materials.

b. Rubber bands.

c. Surgical or Latex Tubing.

d. Non
-
metallic cable ties (also known as Zip Ties).

e. Non
-
Slip Pad (e.g. McMaster
-
Carr Part #69275T54 or Home Depot SKU
#134555). Packaging material must list the product as Non
-
Slip Pad.

f. Adhesive backed tape of any type.

g. Glue, cement, adhesives.


<R07> Welding, brazing, and soldering are legal methods for assembling a
robot.

Programming Options


3
LabView

licenses provide free with paid FTC
team registration


Icon based programming language


6
RobotC

licenses can be purchased for $100


Text based programming language

Judged Awards


Inspire Award


Top Award in FTC. Similar to FRC Chairman's Award. Winning team is
competitive in all judged categories and performance.


Think Award


Judging how well teams documented their engineering journey. Engineering
design process and Engineering Notebook central.


Connect Award


Judging how well teams connect with the engineering community. Business
Plan, Strategic Plan & Outreach are central.


Rockwell Collins Innovate Award


Judging creativity in robot design and game strategy. Performance is a factor.


PTC Design Award


Judging teams use of CAD in their robot design. Unique robot design also key.


Motivate Award


Teams Spirit, Team Branding, Community Outreach

Judged Awards (continued)


Control Award (Optional)


Use of Sensors and Software to improve robots reliability
and performance.


Promote Award (Optional)


1 minute Public Service Announcement (PSA) video on
FIRST. New theme each year.


Compass Award (Optional)


1 minute video recognizing an adult coach or mentor.


Future Innovator Award


S
ponsored by the Abbott Fund. Judged at the national
level. Work on solving one of several real
-
world issues.

Performance Awards


Winning Alliance


Captain


1
st

Pick


2
nd

Pick


Finalist Alliance


Captain


1
st

Pick


2
nd

Pick


Qualification Round Seeding


Top 4 Seeds are Alliance Captains

Tournament Hierarchy


Scrimmages


Put on and run by teams


Regional Qualifiers (4
-
6x 16
-
24 Teams)


1
-
2 Regional Qualifiers per team


5
-
8 teams advance per Regional Qualifier


Championship Tournament (24
-
36 Teams)


MN Snow Drift


5
-
6 teams advance


Super
-
Regional (4x 72 Teams)


North Super
-
Regional (Iowa City, IA)


13 States in the North Super
-
Regional


20
-
25 teams advance per Super
-
Regional


FTC World Championships (128 Teams)


St. Louis, MO

Advancement Criteria

1.
Qualifier Host Team

2.
Inspire Award Winner

3.
Winning Alliance Captain

4.
Inspire Award 2nd place

5.
Winning Alliance, 1st team selected

6.
Inspire Award 3rd place

7.
Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected

8.
Think Award Winner

9.
Finalist Alliance Captain

10.
Connect Award Winner

11.
Finalist Alliance, 1st team selected

12.
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner

13.
Finalist Alliance, 2nd team selected

14.
PTC Design Award Winner

15.
Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced

16.
Motivate Award Winner

17.
Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced

Minnesota FTC Affiliate Partner


High Tech Kids


501(c)(3) Non
-
Profit


Run FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in MN


FLL Affiliate Partner since Pilot Year 1998


509 FLL teams in 2012


Renewable Energy Challenge (REC)


Cheryl Moeller, Executive Director


Vicki Coaty, Programs Manager


Vacancy, Programs Assistant


Vacancy,
Americorps

FIRST Vista

FTC Growth in Minnesota


2008
-
2009

5 Teams

5 Rookies


2009
-
2010

10 Teams

6 Rookies


2010
-
2011

17 Teams

11 Rookies


2011
-
2012

23 Teams

9 Rookies


2012
-
2013

36 Teams

18 Rookies


2013
-
2014

60
-
75 Teams

25
-
40 Rookies

Starting a Team


Build a Team


Find interested Students


Register Team


Use TIMS to Register with FIRST


$500 FTC Rookie Grants


Attend Kickoff on September 7
th
!

Team Startup Costs


FIRST Registration

$275


Robot Kit of Parts

$665


Tetrix Resource Kit

$199


Samantha
WiFi

Module

$85


Regional Qualifier

$150


State Championship

$250


North Super
-
Regional

$500


World Championship

$1000


Spare Parts

$1000


RobotC

$100


Transportation

$


Hotels

$


Food

$


Team Uniforms

$


Give Away / Promotional / Marking Items

$

FTC Season Timeline


Registration Open

May 10
th
-

Full


Kickoff

Saturday September 7
th


Workshops

September
-
December


Regional Qualifiers

November
-
January


State Championship

February 23
rd


North Super
-
Regional

April 3
rd
-
5
th


World Championship

April 23
rd
-
26
th

Minnesota FTC Kickoff


Lakeville North High School


September 7
th


Workshops


Ring It Up! Scrimmage


Round Table Discussions


Panel Sessions


Information Booths


Game Reveal


Strategy Session


Volunteers!!!


With the explosive growth of the program in MN
we are moving to a Regional Qualifier Model


We need 3 to 4 times the number of Volunteers
as last season


Judges


Referees


FTAs


Emcees


Score Keepers


Queuers

Future FTC Trends


FRC started out with 18” Robots, a standard Kit
-
of
-
Parts and a 2
-
on
-
2 format
-

Sound familiar?


As parts were added and restrictions lifted, costs
skyrocketed


Cost and sustainability are serious issues for FRC


Competition strongly favors teams with long histories


FTC is essentially a reboot of FRC


FTC is following the same path, but with more caution
towards cost and balance to competition


Where to Find More Info


Official FIRST FTC web page


http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc


MN FTC Affiliate Partner web page


http://www.hightechkids.org/home


FTC Blog


http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com/


Chief Delphi FTC forums


http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=146


MN
GoFIRST


http://www.mngofirst.org/


PTC


http://www.ptc.com/company/community/first/



Tetrix Building System


http://www.tetrixrobotics.com/


Matrix Building System


http://matrixrobotics.com/


RobotC


http://matrixrobotics.com/


Labview


http://www.ni.com/labview/


HiTechnic


http://www.hitechnic.com/


Fish in the Boat Team Page


http://www.fishintheboat.org/

Video credit to Lancer Robotics FTC 3415