Our team spends off-season working on fundamentals through mentor and student developed classes. We share that material here for other teams to benefit from.
Please send us a message when you do make use of the lessons for our own records.
Our electronic classes teach the robot circuitry, general circuitry, electrical troubleshooting, and other electrical basics such are soldering and crimping. New students appreciate these lessons, especially those new to electronics, and the older students get a refresher course. The lessons are given typically in four classes, two hours each, and include a mixture of Q&A and small group labs to let the students interact and practice electronic skills.
Students are taught the robotic and real-world application of pneumatic systems. They are taught about Pascal’s law governing the force achievable with pneumatic actuators. After completing this course all the students are able to build their own pneumatic circuit using the kit of parts and understand how to safely work with pneumatic components.
Please see the pneumatic course slides.
Currently, we do not have a programming course to offer, in part because the frequent changes in software and hardware. Students are taught about the robot controller during the electronic course and also about sensors. Our robot are using LabVIEW for now, but can also be programmed in other languages including Java and C++.
Please contact us if you need help programming your robot. Our mentor, Gregg R., has experience helping other teams.
Safety is the number one priority. We take steps to keep people in our shop safe including a safety committee, training on shop equipment, mandatory tests before use, personal protection equipment (PPE), and frequent cleaning of the shop.
More about safety practices for FIRST can be found in the FIRST Safety Manual (recommended reading).