GOFIRST was honored to receive the 2014 Tony Diggs Award for an Outstanding Service or Philanthropic Project from the Student Unions & Activities - University of Minnesota for MN Splash (hosted on December 6, 2014)! We'd like to thank all the GOFIRST members who helped plan and run the event, all of our guest presenters, and all the attendees for helping us make MN Splash an awards-worthy event 2 years in a row.
GOFIRST's Summer Robotics Summit - SRS for short - is an annual event held mid-summer for FRC teams looking to build off of the previous season into the next. SRS was started in 2012 as an outlet for higher-level topics that are valuable, but never fit elsewhere. One major goal of SRS has therefore been to bring in highly-qualified speakers not simply to lecture, but to break down complicated subjects and to help advance the Minnesota robotics community. Addressing the evolving needs of the Minnesota robotics community, SRS targets not only Minnesota FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge teams but also University of Minnesota students and the general public. Designed to help students and hobbyists build robotics understanding and skills, the summit examines and clarifies higher-level topics in FIRST, helping build teams. The event fosters discussion on a variety of topics ranging from mechanical engineering to programming and even non-engineering sessions not normally focused on during the build season or at events like Minnesota Splash.
See more information about the event here!
Another school year has passed, much faster than expected.
As was with past, this was always suspected.
We had many fun events with FIRST, students, and guests.
We look forward to next year, when we can have more fun with the rest.
We hosted a kick-off, for a robotic game with disks.
We held several workshops, where students made computer chips tick.
We made some new friends, and said goodbye to a graduating few.
We look forward to the next year, where we can start anew.
Thanks to all our members, volunteers, and friends we hold dear.
We wish you a fun summer and we will see you next year.
The weather is changing and with it comes CSE Week 2014. This year GOFIRST is participating in several fun activities that everyone can get involved with.
First off, GOFIRST is co-hosting a micromouse competition. While the teams are already hard at work getting their robots ready, there is still plenty of room for people to come and watch the competition.
Secondly, GOFIRST is participating in the CSE Expo. We'll have the micromouse maze and robots present along with all our other great robots and exhibits, including a few new ones such as the air hockey robot and an virtual reality demo.
Finally, we are working on getting a dodgeball team together to compete in the CSE Week Dodgeball Tournament this Sunday 4/27 from 3-5pm. If you are a GOFIRST member and interested in participating, then follow up to this email before Wednesday 4/23 at 11:59pm.
Check out this list for all the other great CSE Week events.
GOFIRST Participating Events:
GOFIRST & IEEE Micromouse Competition
Thursday April 24th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Room 303
Friday April 25th, 8am - 3pm
Along Church Street SE (near Tate Lab of Physics)
CSE Week Dodgeball Tournament
Sunday April 27th, 3pm - 5pm
Rec & Wellness Center
IEEE & GOFIRST have teamed up to bring the Micromouse Robotics Competition for the very first time to CSE Week! The Micromouse Robotics Competition is a challenging and popular robotics competition involving the programming of an autonomous robotic “mouse” to navigate to the center of a maze in the shortest amount of time possible.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TODAY!
Location: Coffman Memorial Union Room 303
Time: Thursday April 24th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
First place: $150 gift card
Second place: $100 gift card
Third place: $75 gift card
Team Size: 2-3 people: Every team must have at least 2 students, and may have up to 1 graduate student. If you can't find a team, let us know and we'll pair you up!
> Your team will be given a pre-built micromouse robot to program 1 week before the competition. The robot will include various sensors to help you navigate the maze. The programming will consist of Arduino based code.
> The micromouse competition is judged based on how well your micromouse performs on the maze (i.e. time of completion, how close you were to solving the maze, etc.). The maze is designed and built by a dedicated committee sworn to secrecy so no one will know the final maze design until competition day, ensuring fairness. The maze will follow closely, but not exactly, with official micromouse competition guidelines.
> A practice maze will be available at various times beginning the Monday before the competition up until the competition.
> At least one team member should be present at the kick-off meeting to pick-up your robot, get an overview of the rules, and learn basic functions of the robot. Missing this meeting will put you at a disadvantage.
Kick-off meeting. Thursday April 17th 5:30 PM location TBA. We will email you further details.
April 1, 2014, Minneapolis - Early this morning GOFIRST became the proud parents of a new bundle of joy. At approximately 8:05 AM CDT, the GOFIRST printer gave birth to a new baby 3d printer. The MakerBot Replicator 2 mother was overjoyed with the new addition after several hours of laboring. Her happiness was expressed through an upbeat little jingle when the delivery was complete.
The father, a desktop CNC Othermill, was away at the time of birth and is currently not reachable. "We just know he'll be more than delighted when he gets back," officer Terry Furey stated while cradling the new printer. We all couldn't be any more happy for the couple.
"We ask that you give the parents space to adjust and respect their privacy at this time," Furey said. At this time we would like to congratulate the new parents and family. Hopefully we'll get more photos of the adorable new addition soon.
To finish this year out we are currently working on two awesome projects in addition to our competition. The first is the air hockey robot (pictured). This little machine will take on any opponent, but the question is can it be beat. We are still very much in the early stages of this project, so if you haven't been able to get involved yet and want a chance, this is it! We'll be following the directions of Jose Julio, while making some slight modifications along with way. The real question is, what would happen if you added another robot to the mix? Most likely the best air hockey game you'll ever witness. Enough of that though.
The other awesome project is our hexacopter. We got it ready to fly, but it still needs some more pizzazz. That's why we're outfitting it with color changing LEDs and two cameras. You read that right, two cameras. What can we do with two cameras on a hexacopter? Quite a bit actually, but if you add an Oculus Rift to the mix, the results narrow to simply be mind blowing amazing. Stereoscopic aerial tours of campus anyone? If you want to join in on this project, there's still plenty of time to do so, but you need to get on it.
"But I can't make the usual Tuesday meetings to work on any of this cool stuff," you might be saying. Well fret no longer as we've added Open Shop times. These are times beyond the regular Tuesday build meeting that you can come in and work on these projects among others. Just look at our calendar to find the Open Shop times that work for you.
We also have a couple of other events and initiatives we'll be kicking off in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
It's been 3 months since our last Arduino Workshop and we are looking at breaking that streak. That's right, the dates are set for the Spring round of Arduino Workshops. Head over to the Arduino Workshop page to learn more about those dates.
We'll be holding our Beginner and Intermediate as we did last semester, but new this semester is the Advanced workshop. We are looking at this being a big one, or should I say two as we are breaking the Advanced workshop into two separate parts! We are also limiting the space in the Advanced workshop to only 15 participants so you better hurry and register!
And that's not all. In addition to the two-part Advanced workshop, we'll be holding an optional Advanced - Part III, for those lucky Advanced participants. Head on over to the Arduino Workshop page to learn more.
Hope to see you there!
This year's game is looking to be another exciting one with Aerial Assist. Get your yoga ball manipulators ready as you design and build awesome robots for this basketball-esque styled game. Reminiscent of 2008's game Overdrive, this game involves manipulating large balls up, over and through goals placed above your head.
Remember that teamwork is key in this game for big points, so get out there and start collaborating. Also don't forget to have fun!
Tomorrow is the big day. The FRC 2014 kickoff is here. With it we get a new challenge along with another six weeks of learning, problems to solve, excitement, some frustration, creativity, fun and much more. In the end though we can all admit it was worth it.
Remember the Minneapolis Kick-off registration is from 8:00-8:45 a.m. with the official FIRST Kick-off beginning at 9:30 a.m. After that there will be time to look at the new field elements and KOP pick-up. GOFIRST is also hosting its fourth annual Post Kick-off for all those teams who have RSVP. You can find the full agenda for the day here*.
Please remember to bring your team's TIMS roster and a registered mentor with a photo ID. These are required for KOP pick-up.
The weather isn't looking the best, so team leaders/mentors, make sure to watch your emails as we send out updates and please let us know of any changes in your plans.
Safe travels to everyone and we hope you're excited for the big day.
*Subject to changes