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Frank Answers…Monday?: September 16, 2013

In our continuing effort to ‘think outside the box’ in FRC, we’re answering a Frank Answers Fridays question on Monday.  How’s that for creativity?  (Are you guys buying this?)

In any case, today’s good question is from Navid Shafa, of Team 1983, Skunkworks Robotics, in Des Moines, Washington State.

Question:

What is FIRST's plan for International expansion and what regions are due for new events?

2015 Control System Alpha Testing

Kate Pilotte, the FRC Kit of Parts Manager, is leading the development of the 2015 Control System.  She has this update on Alpha Testing:

Hopefully by now you’re aware of the transition to a new control system for the 2015 season. There’s much preparation that goes in to releasing a new system, and we want to make it as safe, robust, simple, cost effective, and powerful as possible. One of the ways we’ll do this is through early “Alpha Testing,” and I’d like to use this post to help you understand more about what that means…

Video, Beta Testing, Frank Answers Friday

Video

Check out this great video from the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) in the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=461865103895347&set=vb.127114000703794&type=3&theater

I understand a version of this video was shown at least three times on the Big 10 Network during the first University of Michigan football game of the season last Saturday!  That’s a Win!

Frank Answers Fridays: August 30, 2013

Today’s question is from Andrew Palardy, from Team 33, in Pontiac, MI.  I asked one of our great FRC staffers, Matt Pilotte, to respond to this one directly.  Matt is our Electrical Engineering Manager, and manages all FRC Engineering work on the control system and FMS, including software.  He also monitors, along with other staffers, event activity as official FRC competitions are taking place.  If you’re at an official event anywhere in the world, Matt is likely keeping track of what the FMS is doing and watching the webcast if there’s one available.*

Beta Testing

In case you missed the email blast, we are looking for beta test teams for the 2014 season.  See details here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/email-blast-08-22-13.

That deadline for applications is coming up soon!  Be sure to get your application in if you want to be considered.

 

I’ll blog again soon.

Frank

Frank Answers Fridays -- No Post This Week

There will be no Frank Answers Fridays feature today, but we'll pick it up again next week. We're always seeking submissions, so if you have a question, please send it with your name, team number and where you're from, to goodfrcquestion@usfirst.org.

Have a great weekend!

New Chief Volunteer Position

Volunteers are the lifeblood of FRC. The program simply would not exist without them. And as our program continues to grow, the need for top-notch, experienced, dedicated volunteers grows with it.

Many of you are probably aware that we have several ‘Chief’ volunteer positions in FRC. Chief volunteers have significant responsibility in their area of assignment.  In many situations, we rely on them so heavily that they are essentially extensions of the FRC staff. Our current Chief volunteers are:

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