FTC Workshops

  • 28 Sep 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • VCU School of Engineering West Hall Richmond, VA



Where: VCU School of Engineering, West Hall

Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

Our workshops are FREE and lunch is provided. Registration is required and a MUST for rookie and veteran teams! A great learning & networking opportunity! (Registration deadline is September 23rd or at workshop capacity.) 

Tentative Schedule:


  Session A 10:00- 10:45 Session B 10:55-11:40 Session C 11:50-12:30 Lunch Session D 1:15- 2:00 Session E 2:10-2:55
PTC 104 104 104   104 104
Labview 103 103 103   103 103
Robot C   105 105   105 105
Samantha & FCS Auditorium Auditorium Auditorium   Q&A in 301 Q&A 301
Inspection 301 301 301   301 301
Judging   106       106
Engineering Notebook 106       106  
Referee Game Rules!! 301 301 301   301 301
Veteran panel Rookie Q&A     106   235  
Fundraising and Outreach         Auditorium Auditorium
Materials and design/ KOP and COTS 105   235      
Thinking O/S Kit of Parts           235
Field and Field elements 301 301 301   301 301
Inventor 235 235        


Bus Parking Available at VCU: please pull in front of West Hall Engineering Building and a greeter will give bus driver parking instructions

Car Parking at VCU: Available on street. Please note most signs state two hour parking, but it is generally overlooked on a Saturday (not guaranteed by VirginiaFIRST). The parking deck might be open (again, sorry this is out of our control).

Proposed session workshops:
1.     Veteran FTC team panel to answer rookie questions! 
2.     LabView and RobotC: bring your laptop loaded with either software and let our experts show you the ropes! Beginning and advanced classes will be offered. 
3.     PTC: learn how to use the robot drawing software that is provided in your kit of parts! This workshop is presented by PTC trainers on laptops PTC will provide. If you wish to use your own laptop, software must be pre-loaded.
4.     Samantha Module: bring your Samantha and our experts will walk you through the steps to set up your WIFI! A MUST for rookies!! Presented by inventor John Tobeus
5.     Material and Design Choices: FTC has new material choices! Learn about the various choices from veteran coaches!
6.     Engineering Notebook: needed for all judged awards! Learn how to document your notebook in the new format! Presenters include VA judge advisors and last year’s Engineering Notebook State Champion team!
7.     Inspection: hardware and software inspectors will go over the inspection process! 
8.     Judging: State judges will review the judging process and veteran teams will let you know what your team should expect in the judging room!
9.     Referee: Our head ref will be available to go over the new game and game rules!
10.  Fundraising and Outreach: Learn how to fundraise effectively and how to look for outreach opportunities from our State Inspire Award winner!
11.  Inventor: Use Autodesk Inventor to draw your robot. Bring Laptop with Inventor installed and parts downloaded to get the most out of this workshop! (see FTC team blast from FIRST for additional Web learning opportunities!)

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