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Behind the Lines is a collaboration between FIRST Robotics Competition and FRC GameSense. The purpose of this series is to make key knowledge and resources available to the community through an engaging hour-long show. The first half will be a presentation by the invited experts, followed by a Q & A session on the topic. Each Behind the Lines session will be hosted by the GameSense Crew.

Who is FRC GameSense?

GameSense is a group of FRC alumni and mentors who are dedicated to creating high quality media productions for the FRC community.
To see their bios and photos, please visit the GameSense About Us page.

To Watch Live Broadcasts:

Go to frcgamesense.com or the GameSense YouTube Channel
The schedule of upcoming broadcases and recordings of past sessions will be posted below.

To Submit a Question to Behind the Lines:

In advance: btl@frcgamesense.com

During the broadcast: Use the chat function or Tweet @FRCGameSense with #FRCBTL [Click to Tweet]




2014-2015 Behind the Lines Schedule & Recordings


Please note: the views expressed by Behind the Lines hosts and guests are those of the individual, and do not necessarily reflect the views of FIRST or FIRST participants.

Wednesday, September 24

“Things Every FRC Team Should Know”


Experts:

Glenn Lee, Mentor of FRC Team 359
Collin Fultz, FRC Team Advocate


Description:
This session is geared towards Rookie FRC teams or new team members. Topics will include fundraising, budgeting, mentor/parent engagement, and what to expect for the FRC season schedule. This session will highlight resources and other information that are helpful for any FRC team.

    

S01E01 PowerPoint Presentation (featuring additional slides on Team 359's Organization not featured in the broadcast)                                                                                           

Wednesday, October 15 at 8 P.M. (ET)

“Introduction to 2015 Control System"


Experts:

Kevin O'Connor, FRC Engineer
Brad Miller, WPI
Greg McKaskle, National Instruments
Mike Copioli, Cross the Road Electronics


Description:
This session will highlight the new features found in the 2015 Control System and provide a comparison with the previous system. You will also be able to ask questions from a panel of experts that assisted in the new control system design.

S01E02 PowerPoint Presentation

Victor SP and Talon SRX Information Sheet

Wednesday, November 5 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"Motor and Gearbox Selection"


Expert:

Ken Stafford, WPI and FRC Team 190


Description:
This session centers around a critical component of every FRC robot: motors.  The expert will cover how to choose the right motors for your robot based on application, motor qualities, and specifications. You'll then learn the fundamentals for getting the most out of your selected motors by choosing the right reductions and gearboxes. There will be plenty of time for Q&A from teams.

S01E03 PowerPoint Presentation (DC Brushed Motors & Power Transmission)

Ken Stafford's 2014 Motor Spreadsheet

Wednesday, November 19 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"Effective Team Communication"


Experts:

Andy Baker, FRC Team 3940
Mike Corsetto, FRC Team 1678


Description:
This episode will discuss the principles of effective team communication.  Topics covered will include team building, creating expectations around communication, and conflict management.  Our experts will also share their thoughts on effective Drive Coach communication at events.

S01E04 PowerPoint Presentation

Wednesday, December 17 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"2015 Control System Beta Teams:  Best Practices"


Experts:

Mark McLeod, FRC Team 358
Jeff Clements, FRC Team 16
Austin Schuh, FRC Team 971


Description:
Join three Beta Test Teams, as they discuss with the 2015 Control System.  These experienced FRC Mentors will share their best practices and advice.  As always, this episode will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.

Coming Soon: notes from the Experts on the 2015 Control System

Tentative:  Wednesday, January 7 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"2015 Kit of Parts"

Recording will be posted here.  To watch the live broadcast, go to frcgamesense.com