Tag Archives: Software

A Look at Samantha (and Samomoto)

Interesting look at the new Samantha module and Samomoto, a (free!) app that allows wifi control of a robot via the Samantha module, emulating  standard game controller hardware:

2010-11 Kit of Parts Already Announced!

Check out the new 2010 FTC Season Kit of Parts options at the U.S. FIRST FTC website.  Veteran teams have a couple of more cost-effective choices this year, including a $70 Software Renewal kit that includes the new Samantha wifi module, or a $200 Resource Kit that includes the software license renewals, as well as some larger gears, longer channels, a couple of DC motors and a new Logitech controller.  And check out the cool FIRST World Championship videos while you’re there, too!

Oh the possibilities!

Florida State Championship – It’s Show Time!

2009 FL State Championship

2009 FL State Championship

Thought others might enjoy and possibly benefit from recommendations TDT members have been given, to help make the most of their Florida State Championship experience:

1) Be familiar with the day’s schedule. Visit http://www.flfirst.org/FloridaChampionship2009.shtml for details.

2) Arrive on time and plan to stay the whole day, regardless of whether you’re in the final matches or not.  It’s the GP thing to do!

3) Invite everyone you know! The Florida State Championship is free and open to the public, and the more people there are to enjoy it, the more enjoyable it will be.

4)Remember your FIRST Values:

·        We are a Team.

·        We do the work to get the job done with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

·        We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

·        What we learn is more important than what we win.

·        We share our experiences with others.

·        We display gracious professionalism in everything we do.

·        We have fun!

5) Be Competition Ready:

  • Have your consent and release forms.
  • Have all your gear, including necessary tools and parts.
  • Have pre- and post- match checklists.
  • Have all the necessary templates and programs: http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/content.aspx?id=6650
  • Look sharp – dress appropriately.
  • Be Gracious Professionals – Mind your manners, in the pit, in the judging room, on the competition field and everywhere in between. 
  • BE at the competition! To get the most out of this great opportunity, you have to BE there in body, mind and spirit. 
  • Be Interview Ready – Know your stuff, have your notebook, showcase what you’ve done, and show you enjoy doing it!

6) Aim High and Have Fun!