FRC Deep Dive with FRC1678 Citrus Circuits Tues 8:30pm Eastern

Join us on Tuesday at 8:30pm eastern for a new show piloting on FUN!

FRC Deep Dive uncovers what makes some of the best teams in FRC successful so you can help improve your team! Hosted by Nick Coussens from FRC33; Our first guest is FRC1678 Citrus Circuits with both students and mentors representing.

This is an ask me anything show with some structured content that the featured team wants to show off to you. You can ask questions live during the show or if you want to get your questions in ahead of time post them below!

We also have giveaways live during the show from FRC1678 and from Analog Devices Inc.

Watch and chat live at https://www.twitch.tv/firstupdatesnow

Fantastic turnout last night! Thank you to FRC1678 Citrus Circuits for taking the time to unveil the curtain into their team inter-workings!

If you missed last nights episode, here are the segments:

Insider Info from FRC1678 Citrus Circuits
FRC1678 Citrus Circuits AMA Part 1
FRC1678 Citrus Circuits AMA Part 2
FRC1678 Citrus Circuits AMA Part 3

We would love to have suggestions on other teams you might want to have AMAs and get in-depth coverage on. Please feel free to suggest here or on our Discord

Deep Dive…
What do you dive in? Water
How many atoms are in a water molecule? 3
3 team alliances in 2019 confirmed

Why are 775s a poor choice for FRC drives when evaluating at a competition level?

That’s a great question. Typically you have to run them at 6 volts, which is a small number than 12. More is better.

How much do your drivers practice before competing? When do you start practicing?

How do you go about when selecting the students for the drive team? Do you pick them before the build season starts or when you have the practice robot completed so you can use it for the pre built field elements?

If you were able to attend any 3 non-world champs in-season events, which would they be?

What does the discussion and process look like when your team decides to abandon a system working better than 95% of robots, to pursue something you anticipate will work better than 99% of robots?

To expand a bit: Can you talk about some of how you assess design quality, both when finding fault in the performance of existing systems, and in anticipating the performance of systems you have not yet constructed? How do you assess and compare more subjective design quality metrics, like simplicity? How do you differentiate between cases where incremental improvements to essentially the same system are the best approach, versus starting over with a new concept? How confident are you that a system redesign will be worthwhile at the time it leaves the whiteboard and moves on to detailed design and fabrication? Do you perform objective comparisons between old and new once both systems are up to speed? How do you prevent the sunk cost fallacy from adversely impacting this process, both at the beginning, and at the end?

Alternatively, how quickly does your team’s engineering design skillset and fabrication pipeline enable you, on average, to bring a substantial subsystem from white board sketch to something which could be bolted to the competition robot? Does this resource set enable you to take a “try it and find out” approach to many of the questions above? How commonplace are full system redesigns which don’t ever see the light of day?

I’d like to know how you evaluate the growth or atrophying of teams, scouting-wise? Your own team’s story is well known, and is a great example of a team rising to the top. Sometimes it seems like alliance selection is more about past reputation than current capabilities, and I’m interested in how you see things.

I’m interested in how your team transitioned to using more CAM, including CNC and 3D printing. We’re investing in the tools, but updating our design approach and manufacturing workflow is challenging.

We would like to know more about the Davis Robotics Foundation. We are thinking about establishing a non-profit foundation and we want to know about the benefits and any best practices.

Thank you everyone for your questions. We will get to as many as we can on air this evening. We’ll keep accepting questions through about 5pm eastern otherwise you can ask them live on the show starting at 8:30pm eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/firstupdatesnow

What does your integration look like? How does each design go around to each group and keep each other updated on what is going on with each system. ie. what sensors are going to be used (for elec), where they are (for mech), and what they are doing(Programming).

Starting in a few minutes! Come join us and win some awesome giveaways! https://www.twitch.tv/firstupdatesnow

Fantastic turnout last night! Thank you to FRC1678 Citrus Circuits for taking the time to unveil the curtain into their team inter-workings!

If you missed last nights episode, here are the segments:

Insider Info from FRC1678 Citrus Circuits
FRC1678 Citrus Circuits AMA Part 1
FRC1678 Citrus Circuits AMA Part 2
FRC1678 Citrus Circuits AMA Part 3

We would love to have suggestions on other teams you might want to have AMAs and get in-depth coverage on. Please feel free to suggest here or on our Discord