August – September 2013
Classes are held at the CMU Robotics Academy in Pittsburgh, PA.
All training is conducted at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh, PA. The NREC is part of the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, a world-renowned robotics organization, where you’ll be surrounded by real-world robot research and commercialization. You also can take advantage of Pittsburgh’s attractions, from world-class museums and entertainment, to shopping, excursions, sports, and more.
• Introduction to the ROBOTC programming language
• How to program in a syntax-based language
• How to break down your robot’s “big” tasks into manageable behaviors
• Using Pseudocode
• How to download the ROBOTC Firmware
• How to download and run programs on your robot
• Basic movement
• Improved movement with the VEX Quadrature Encoders
• Advanced Programming – Loops, Conditional Statements, Functions, Parameters and Variables
• Remote control using the VEX joysticks
• How to assign functions to the joystick buttons
• Additional sensors, including the Ultrasonic Rangefinder, Limit Switch
• How to run your own VEX competition
• Learn how to program and operate the new Cortex system
• Teaching and classroom tools
• Troubleshooting and tips
•Tour of the National Robotics Engineering Center
Register by July 1, 2013!
Join fellow PA FTC teams at this season’s Pennsylvania FTC Season Kick-off on September 7, 2013! This season it has expanded to three locations (East/Downingtown, Central/Millersville, West/Pittsburgh), and the three sites will be linked together to form one large virtual Kick-off event. The Pittsburgh event will take place at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center.
Schedule of Events:
11:15 Local Info Sessions / Tours (see below)
1:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:10 Pennsylvania FTC 2013-2014 Season
1:30 Judging / Engineering Notebook Update
2:00 ROBOTC / Robot Virtual Worlds Update
2:30 TETRIX and Matrix Update
3:00 2013-2014 FTC Game Reveal
3:15 Local Game Discussion
4:00 Event Complete
Tour Information – Teams visiting the West/Pittsburgh region will have a chance to tour the National Robotics Engineering Center – a research hub of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. Teams will learn about how state of the art robotic concepts are being utilized in commercial, agriculture and military applications. Teams will also get to see the research and development labs for Carnegie Mellon’s Tartan Rescue, creators of CHIMP for the newest DARPA Robotics Challenge. Learn more by visiting http://www.rec.ri.cmu.edu.
FTC invited us to a Google Hangout! Join Tim Friez, ROBOTC Senior Software Engineer, as he goes over the basics of ROBOTC programming for FTC. This is a great opportunity to see what ROBOTC is all about, learn from an expert and ask questions.