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This announcement is going to blur the lines alot more in the whole 'transfer of skills from mentor to student' paradigm. Yet it will allow a bit more creativity in robot design (so long as the game doesn't have ridiculous outcomes like the 2011-2012 game did...). Personally, given the choice I'll stick with FRC. Yet if I ever had to start a new team from scratch as a sole mentor, this announcement makes FTC much more attractive since FTC is more cost effective that FRC yet is still open-ended competition platform without the constraints of a kit.

It will be cool to see pure WCD's in FTC rather than the standard cobbled-together amalgamations that I've seen in the past. And given that (currently) there's no weight limit, I don't see why the lower frame rails can't simply be solid steel extrusions welded together in order to get a massive traction bonus. A 50-lb 8-motor box-on-wheels with a c.g. 1" off the ground, proper gearing and the LEGO tires that I (still!) only saw 2 teams with at champs this year?? I'd take that as a partner in FTC any day.

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The big (HUGE) difference between FTC and FRC (I coach both) is that:
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Where as in FTC (and FLL) the students are meant to do all the work. That's why they have much more time to do it, and everything is scaled down. So unless the teams break the spirit of this difference, FTC won't turn into FRC.
Funny you say that -- it does happen, and it does affect outcomes:
Under The Sun's 2010 FTC bot was completely adult programmed. The dad on the team admitted it outright to a couple of students who cornered him at the end of the VA competition. At champs, one of my snarkier students walked up to the guy and congratulated him on beating high school students. I think at that point he realized his mistake, because since then the kids on that team have become much more knowledgeable about the underlying code.
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Re: [FTC]: Unlimited raw materials. Welding. Wow!

Has anyone worked with the Matrix parts yet? With this rule change, you eliminate the mechanical restrictions (if you have a complete machine shop available). The electrical problems that plagued the robots last year may be addressed by Matrix motor controllers, but I haven't seen them go on sale or heard of anyone who actually used them.

Until they are battle-tested, we have no idea if they are suitable. Has any real FTC team worked with them? Has anyone put them on a real robot and smashed them around a field up against some Tetrix robots? Can the controllers handle high impact collisions or are we looking at another off-the-shelf low-cost assembly like the Samantha modules that will glitch every time you touch another robot?
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The matrix motors and system is not the same voltage as the Tetrix system so you won't be able to mix and match controllers and motors between the two.

Electrical connections can be improved greatly with Anderson power pole type connectors that were added as allowed items last season.

Samantha units are still required no matter which kit of parts and controllers that you use.
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Re: [FTC]: Unlimited raw materials. Welding. Wow!

I would say this rules has opened new opportunities, but also a Pandora's box. First off it does allow the use of material to be milled and machine in a way as general robotics field would. Though this can be weighted per team as it can create gap between a sponsored team and a regular fundraiser team. You can probably think of it as the difference of a CNC vs a Dremel. Another point seen here is the idea of what is the line for a raw material. Sure you can use aluminum blocks, plastic, etc, but what about glass, wood, ceramics, and rubber? Last thing I would to point out is the safety issue. Already a robot has a risk of crushing another team's product. Adding to that, the new materials could make it possible for more risk to other teams and audiences.

As much as I like this rule and it creates more ideas for my last year in FTC, it does create concerns and gaps between teams. The solution in my opinion would be to add limitations to material types and size of raw material blocks. Also the attachment rule is all, but disappeared. Which also allows people to possibly attach items in unsafe or non-quality ways.
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Re: [FTC]: Unlimited raw materials. Welding. Wow!

One of the things that differentiates FTC and FRC is that it's less of a competition of resources - mentors with advanced machining skills, advance machines (from school or sponsors) and resources to get the materials.

This is great for creativity and I believe this will push TETRIX to improve their kit even more so that the teams would WANT to use the kits because it's easy, simply yet they can be innovative with it. At the end, hopefully it will be like the teams chose to go one route or another (TETRIX or all the raw materials) or a combination of both and all the choices' advantages and disadvantages will balance each other out.
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Re: [FTC]: Unlimited raw materials. Welding. Wow!

It remains to be seen how this will play out, but one thing I'm concerned about is losing the creativity that comes from trying to solve a problem with limited resources. Think Apollo 13. Some of the highlights of my coaching experience come from watching the team brainstorm and figure out how to implement a seemingly impossible design from pretty limited materials.
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Re: [FTC]: Unlimited raw materials. Welding. Wow!

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One of the things that differentiates FTC and FRC is that it's less of a competition of resources - mentors with advanced machining skills, advance machines (from school or sponsors) and resources to get the materials.

This is great for creativity and I believe this will push TETRIX to improve their kit even more so that the teams would WANT to use the kits because it's easy, simply yet they can be innovative with it. At the end, hopefully it will be like the teams chose to go one route or another (TETRIX or all the raw materials) or a combination of both and all the choices' advantages and disadvantages will balance each other out.
I strongly diasagree with the second part of the statement. I agree that FTC has not traditionally been about the team with the most resources, but this change completely reverses that. Now, only the wealthiest teams (which includes any FTC team that has a sister FRC team), can hope to compete at the state and national level. Any part you can make out of raw materials, you can use. Can you make a better wheel or a steel frame? I can't do that out of the equipment I have in my basement. That means teams that have access to machine shops, CNC machines, metal lathes, welding gear, etc have a shot. We saw that proven in last year's tournament. Only the people with custom lifts could compete. Setting up that kind of infrastructure is extremely expensive, unless you already have a 70-person FRC team funding the equipment. Even the raw materials are expensive - our lift cost close to $700 in raw materials, and that was the third lift we used. It will be the teams with the best toys who can build the best custom chasis and end-effectuator. It will not be about which team can use limited resources in the smartest way possible.

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While I generally agree with this statement about the future, perhaps it will be motivation to collaborate with sponsors or other teams in order to get at least the basic machines. If your FTC team were your small business, would you adapt or roll over? If you persisted and succeeded, how much more inspirational would that be to your students?

Also, consider this: FTC 354 (one of my umbrella teams) won the 2012 Championships with 95% TETRIX parts, 2% LEGO parts, and 3% custom fabrication parts. They had a TETRIX-based lift that went up 7-ish feet before it wobbled to the side and (50% of the time) fell over. I'd estimate that the bot's BOM cost was $1200 or so after motors, sensors and electronics. For them it was all about a fundamental strategy, and it turns out that it's one they can repeat on an even cheaper budget in the future with the rule changes, a drill press, sheet metal bend/brake, and a band saw (and maybe new drill bits every so often...).
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In several FRC kickoffs, Woodie has said that FRC Teams that insist that the students do everything without working closely with industry partners "aren't getting it".

Where as in FTC (and FLL) the students are meant to do all the work. That's why they have much more time to do it, and everything is scaled down. So unless the teams break the spirit of this difference, FTC won't turn into FRC.

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This just makes it look like a small FRC, and will give an advantage to those with the capabilities to abuse these new rules. I hope this doesn't turn FTC into the small FRC I see it to be.

Focusing in on these two comments because these point to just a few of the misconceptions of what FRC participants believe FTC is and what it is not. Here are some others.

FTC is not:
  • FRC's little brother
  • The minor league to FRC major League (this analogy was once used near the creation of FTC to explain what it could be, but is no longer the case)
  • The JV to FRC's Varsity
  • A Student design and build competition like FLL

When explaining the levels of FIRST to the general public we need to be careful how choose to describe FTC. FTC IS modeled after FRC, not FLL, the purpose is to reach more high schools that can not afford an FRC team. FTC Today and its competitions are more advanced than what the original USFIRST competitions were in the early 90's.

Students should work along side professional engineering mentors, and the Connect award rewards teams that seek engineering help. The Innovate Award and Design Award do not punish robots that clearly had professional mentors aiding students in their inspiration of the design process.

Will teams this year still use Tetrix only parts? Yes. Will some teams fabricate their entire robot in machine shops? Yes. Will some teams choose to have 100% student designs, and others have mentor's CADding their teams robots before a single part is fabricated? Yes. Will this create a larger gap between the top tier and lower tier teams? Yes. Is this fair? Of course not, and it isn't supposed to be, just like FRC.
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Re: [FTC]: Unlimited raw materials. Welding. Wow!

That rule change is my favorite revision to the FTC manual ever!
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It brings a interesting twist to how the game might be played and how certain teams who know more about machining will immediately dominate the top. The whole reason I though FTC was successful in the way it was/is, is that there isn't a huge $$$ factor that can boost your team through the roof. Anyone who can build something good with the few parts you have access to, can win. This can also be a very good thing, with the proper educational resources teams can actually create more stable/functioning machines that will compete better in the competitions as well, making for a better lineup of teams at world. It's all based on what you do with the resources you are given access to, and now that FIRST has opened Pandora's box who knows what will come out of it.

On the point of Custom fabricated parts. The year Global Force won world (2010) over 80% of that robot was custom fabricated, not by machine but by hand.
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Focusing in on these two comments because these point to just a few of the misconceptions of what FRC participants believe FTC is and what it is not. Here are some others.
[*]A Student design and build competition like FLL[/list]
Will some teams choose to have 100% student designs, and others have mentor's CADding their teams robots before a single part is fabricated? Yes. Will this create a larger gap between the top tier and lower tier teams? Yes. Is this fair? Of course not, and it isn't supposed to be, just like FRC.
I will pull two comments where I have a different view as a long-time coach. I think that FTC is a student design and build competition, like FLL. The students do the work with the guidance of their mentors. Maybe it's a result of my team's origin as an FLL team, but we still hold this as a central tenet of our FTC program. We engage with engineers at outside companies and solicit advice and help. I think both the kids and the companies get a lot out of it, but the kids do the work.

The kids should also do the CADding. CREO is free to FTC teams and there is a lot of help available to get teams working with it. In NJ there are at least 5 different formal PTC classes offered to FTC teams. Other teams will also help the less experienced. There is no reason for the mentor to sit down and CAD the robot for the team.

FTC is not a contest between mentors to see who can design and build the best robot, it is between the kids.

I am afraid this rule change is moving it to the FRC realm where it is a contest between mentors and resources. If that happens, the phenominal growth rate will end. We have helped start a lot of FTC teams, and one of the selling points is that it is easy. The coaches don't have to be technical - they just have to manage the kids, parts, and practices. The kids get the kit and can figure out how to buld and program the robot with minimal outside startup help. With the rule change, you need to understand welding, part fabrication, metal bending, etc. It makes it harder to convince the local science teacher to start a team and that is a shame.
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I will pull two comments where I have a different view as a long-time coach. I think that FTC is a student design and build competition, like FLL.
FIRST gives its FRC and FTC teams the ability to choose what the right mix is for mentor/student involvement for their individual team. A rookie team, or a team where students have little technical background, will clearly need more direction than teams with students that have been on robotics teams for multiple years, or have an engineering program at their school.

Here is my bottom line, your team is welcome to have a 100% students design and build process if that is how your mentors believe will provide the most inspirational experience. However, there is nothing in the rulebook that gives this specific guidance, the same standard will not be held to other teams, and the judges will not punish other teams who choose not to.

If anyone would like more clarification or backup on this stance, please PM me. This discussion is about the new materials requirements, and I do not want to hijack the point of the thread.
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FIRST gives its FRC and FTC teams the ability to choose what the right mix is for mentor/student involvement for their individual team. A rookie team, or a team where students have little technical background, will clearly need more direction than teams with students that have been on robotics teams for multiple years, or have an engineering program at their school.

Here is my bottom line, your team is welcome to have a 100% students design and build process if that is how your mentors believe will provide the most inspirational experience. However, there is nothing in the rulebook that gives this specific guidance, the same standard will not be held to other teams, and the judges will not punish other teams who choose not to.

If anyone would like more clarification or backup on this stance, please PM me. This discussion is about the new materials requirements, and I do not want to hijack the point of the thread.
Actually, there is guidance on this issue. Mostly it is in the mentor guide and throughout it is stressed that the team does the work with the guidance of the mentor.

for example:

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

"...Allowing students to do as much of the work as possible."

"...Avoid the temptation to do the work or to deprive team members of the chance to discover the right the answer on their
own. Mentors should guide a team without directing it. This creates the best learning and growth experiences for team
members."

and, from the current game manual:

"FIRST Tech Challenge is a student-centered activity that is mentor supported and is about giving students
a unique and stimulating experience. We want students to learn the value of teamwork and to respect everyone’s ideas and contributions to the team. FIRST Tech Challenge allows high school students to work hand-in-hand with technical professionals to develop a solution to the annual challenge. The students do
a majority of the work, but the mentor is there to offer guidance, suggestions, and coaching to keep the students on task and successful."

Of course, these quotes were cherry picked but the mentor guide make it pretty clear that FTC is supposed to be student driven with the mentors(s) acting in a support and guidance role.
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Here is my bottom line, your team is welcome to have a 100% students design and build process if that is how your mentors believe will provide the most inspirational experience. However, there is nothing in the rulebook that gives this specific guidance, the same standard will not be held to other teams, and the judges will not punish other teams who choose not to.
Well, I wouldn't say there's nothing in the rulebook...

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The FIRST Tech Challenge is a student-centered activity that is mentor supported and is about giving students a unique and stimulating experience. We want students to learn the value of teamwork and to respect everyone’s ideas and contributions to the team. The FIRST Tech Challenge allows high school students to work hand-in-hand with technical professionals to develop a solution to the annual challenge. The students do a majority of the work, but the mentor is there to offer guidance, suggestions, and coaching to keep the students on task and successful. FIRST values are about appreciating our differences and learning what those differences add to our lives. FIRST programs succeed most fully when team members bring the FIRST values they learn back to their communities.
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• Is any person who works with the team in his or her area of expertise, for at least one team meeting.
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However, there is nothing in the rulebook that gives this specific guidance, the same standard will not be held to other teams, and the judges will not punish other teams who choose not to.

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I looked and was amazed to find that you are right, they took the FTC Core values out of the Game Manual and off the web site. They are still in the mentor guide (see below), but that is not part of the rules. Well, they say it's not what you don't know that hurts you, it's what you do know that isn't so. I have been teaching those core values to both FLL and FTC kids and coaches for years now, but apparently they took them out of FTC without telling the coaches. My apologies.

From the FTC Mentor guide:

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Core Values
Volunteers are integral to the FIRST® community. The FIRST Tech Challenge relies on Volunteers to run the program at many
levels, from managing a region to mentoring an individual team. FTC® Affiliate Partners coordinate the program in each region
or state. These FTC Partners fundraise, run tournaments, hold workshops and demonstrations, market FTC locally, handle public
relations, and recruit Volunteers and teams. They are a tremendous resource for Mentors, and FTC would not exist without them.
FIRST asks everyone who participates in FTC to uphold the following values:
• We act with integrity
• We are a team.
• We do the work to get the job done with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
• We respect each other in the best spirit of teamwork
• We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
• What we learn is more important than what we win.
• We behave with courtesy and compassion for others at all times
• We share our experiences with others.
• We display gracious professionalism in everything we do.
• We have fun.
• We encourage others to adopt these values.
FTC
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