Quick summary: We need volunteers for the 2006 season, help out your fellow Robotics teams by running the RFAS!
Hey all, Ferazel2001 here with an update for the FIRST Aid station for the new year. We have started it nearly entirely from scratch, and this year its all digital!
To explain to teams who are unaware, the Robot FIRST Aid Station is an inventory of exactly what parts each team are willing to give to the community. If a team has zip ties, they mark it in the database and when someone needs zip ties they come to us and we send them off in the right direction. This decreases the announcements of “Team ___ needs a philips screwdriver!” which get oh so annoying after a couple hours. Also the RFAS is a hub of information, if your programming has gone awry you can come to us and we will send out one of our Roaming Programmers to help you out and explain what was happening and how to fix it.
The game plan for this year is this:
We recently acquired about 12 500mhz IceBooks from an unused cart in our school (Granada Hills Charter High-school in Northridge, CA). One of these has been under constant development by me for over 3 months now, I have been developing Ruby on Rails, learning about databases, practicing with simple applications, and completing small tasks on the larger project of a completely online Robot FIRST Aid station.
We need at least two volunteer teams for each event we will not be going to, (Tel Aviv, Israel, for example. :)) to be the RFAS representatives in that area. Currently it looks like we are going to SoCal and Arizona, but we haven’t raised the money for Arizona yet… so thats a maybe.
Each volunteer will get a web link for: Instructions for operating the database, debugging simple problems, and a download of the latest Database and the latest software.
What is required by the volunteers is a Mac running OS 10.4 (or above) and a wireless adapter (Airport card or other) and resources for making a banner advertising the FIRST Aid Station
This is the pilot year for this technology, so please, let me know what everyone thinks!
I will be setting up forums for the sole purpose of talking about the RFAS, suggestions, bugs, general discussion, announcements on the progress and such. These forums will probly go up tomorrow.
Thanks to everyone who volunteers!
Reasons for Editing:
Removal of Laptops (We cant afford shipping for all events… If you are really enthusiastic about participating but lack resources email me and maybe we can figure something out.)
Removal of Banner (Same as previous line)