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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:

Frank Answers Fridays: August 16, 2013

Today’s good question comes from Carl Springli, from Team 20, in Clifton Park, NY:

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Question:

FIRST, 3M and NASCAR!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:  http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/first-3m-nascar!

NASCAR_Biffle_hood

The FIRST logo on the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, driven by Greg Biffle, this Sunday, August 18th during the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Race.

How cool is that?*

Districts!

With the release of our preliminary schedules yesterday, everyone can see we’re officially adding two new Districts to FRC.  Everyone is very excited about getting these new Districts up and running!

Something New -- Early Release of Event Dates

Traditionally, FRC has released all event date and location information after Labor Day in September.  By that point, we usually, but not always, have all event dates and locations locked down.  The downside to this approach is that many teams would like to know these dates much earlier, because of the numerous advantages to be able to start planning event attendance before September.  I’ve seen attempts to predict the FRC schedule from bits of data culled from here and there.  This tells me there is enough interest for us to make a change.

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