The FIRST Tech Challenge a chronology

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Nov 2, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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The FIRST Tech Challenge

a chronology

Presented by:

John Pilvines, founding coach for

Team
Unlimited,
FTC0001 [ftc0001.org]

We acknowledge the efforts and copyrights of FIRST,
LEGO Education and
LEGO.
Without their generosity,
the FIRST Tech Challenge would not exist!

FTC Chronology

Challenges past . . . from FIRST Frenzy


First FVC season lasted one month, from challenge
release and equipment delivery to the demonstration
competition at the World Championships in Atlanta


53 team Invitational challenge, scaled down in size from
previous season FRC challenge


FIRST Frenzy


Vex Development System steel and plastic hardware,
supplied by Radio Shack, developed from the
EduBot
/
Robovation

system used to train rookie FRC teams


No autonomous


software not ready in time


Our team name became “Team Unlimited”


“Sharon Eagle Robotics Unlimited” too long for MC


We liked it, we kept it



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FTC Chronology

Challenges past . . . from FIRST Frenzy

2005 FVC Demonstration Field
-

1


Key tasks


team members shooting whiffle softballs
into goals, capping goals with doubling ball, robot
hanging from bar at end of match

Vex Robotics Development System

Introduced


Motors all servos (angle and continuous rotation)


PIC
-
based microcontroller


Square holes in steel structural pieces

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FTC Chronology

Challenges past . . . Half Pipe Hustle

2005/6 FVC Pilot Field
-

2


Pilot Season
-

130 teams competed


Gather balls from floor or wall feeders


Score in corner or center goals








Easy C introduced to enable autonomous coding

Bonus for parking
on center pads at
end of period

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Challenges past . . .
Hangin

-
A
-
Round

2006
-
7 FVC Extended Pilot Field
-

3


Extended Pilot Season


554 teams competed


Autonomous 20 sec, operator
-
control 2 min


Gather balls from floor piles


Score in low or high goals, control doubling ball


Bonus for parking or hanging at end of period

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Challenges past . . . Quad Quandary

2007
-
8 FTC Competition Field
-

4


FTC now an official program


799 teams competed


Autonomous 20 sec, operator 2 min


Gather 3” rings from floor piles


Score rings on side or mobile goals, 18” & 24” posts


Bonus for moveable goals in alliance quadrant

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Challenges past . . . Face Off!

2008
-
9 FTC Competition Field
-

5


986 teams competed


Autonomous 30 sec, operator 2 min


Gather 3” pucks from wall feeders


Score rings into center goals, low, middle and high


Double count for pucks scored in autonomous

Tetrix Robotics Development System
Introduced to Replace Vex System


LEGO Mindstorms NXT as microcontroller


Secondary chained driver modules to control DC gear
motors and servos


Aluminum structural components


light and rugged


LEGO components allowed as well


Some additional non
-
kit parts allowed (sheets of
aluminum or plastic etc)


Tetrix system integrated by LEGO Education in USA


Bluetooth remote control from microcomputer


Robot C and
LabVIEW

introduced for coding

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Tetrix Robotics Design Platform



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FTC Chronology

Challenges past . . . Hot Shot!

2009
-
10 FTC Competition Field
-

6


1111 teams competed


Autonomous 30 seconds, operator 2 min


Gather 3” whiffle balls from corner feeders


Score balls into center goals
-

low and high


Balls to outside boxes only during last 30 sec


Double score for goals with doubling balls, double score for balls
scored during autonomous

Double score for
balls scored in
autonomous, double
score for goals with
yellow doubling
balls (last 30 sec)

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Challenges past . . . Get Over It!

2010
-
11 FTC Competition Field
-

7


1606 teams competed


Autonomous 40 sec, operator
-
controller 2 min


Park above center divider, gather batons (including doublers)
& move goals across center divider during autonomous


Gather batons from wall dispensers during operator control


Score batons into low & mid moveable goals


Score magnetic batons into high moveable goals

Balance robots & goals
during last 30 seconds

Samantha Wi
-
Fi module

added for remote control

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Challenges past . . . Bowled Over!

2011
-
12 FTC Competition Field
-

8


Autonomous 30 sec, operator
-
controller 2 min


During autonomous, upright crates, park robots & bowling balls in
parking areas


Gather racquet balls and place in crates or in low goal during
operator control, then stack crates


the higher the better


Home Zone = low goal, stack without interference


Magnetic balls into off
-
field goal

Bowling balls &
crates on platforms
only during last 30
seconds

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Challenge current . . . Ring It Up!

2012
-
13 FTC Season


More teams than ever!


More international than ever!


More fun than ever!

2011/12 Designing for FTC with Tetrix Workshop

Challenges past . . .

Partial list of potential tasks


Climb a step or ramp


Hang from a bar


Pickup and place objects, from/to various positions


Balls of all sizes, rings, batons, pucks, . . .


From floor level to above robot starting height


Small to large, light to heavy


Move structures to various locations on field


End with robot at a designated location


Have team member perform tasks


Have the robot “shoot” balls


Find magnetic or heavy objects


Detect IR beacon






So far . . .

Questions?


Team Unlimited [FTC 0001] can be
contacted through our website

FTC0001.ORG

FTC Chronology