Team 1114: Simbot Seminar Series

This fall, Team 1114 - Simbotics will be hosting a series of weekly online seminars on a variety of topics relating to the FIRST Robotics Competition. These seminars will be broadcast via Google Hangouts On Air, and will be viewable on our YouTube channel, We’ll be broadcasting a new topic each Wednesday at 9:00 pm, starting on October 1st. The tentative schedule is as follows:

October 1st* - Running an FRC Team – Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Direct Link:
October 8th* - Strategic Design – Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Direct Link:
October 15th* - Scouting & Match Strategy – Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Direct Link:
October 22nd* - Drivetrain Design – Ben Bennett, Direct Link:
October 29th* - The Chairman’s Award – Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Direct Link:
November 5th - Controls / 2015 Beta Control System - Michael Diramio, Direct Link:
November 12th - TBD
November 19th - TBD

*The schedule may vary due to the potential presence of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Baseball playoffs…

The topics for the November 6th date will be determined by the progress and results of our participation in the 2015 FRC Beta Test. The November 13th and 20th topics are still up in the air; if there are any topics you’d like to see us cover, please post here and let us know! We can’t promise we’ll be able to cover them, but are very open to suggestions.

As the first date approaches, we’ll post a direct link where you can watch these seminars!

You can dream all you want, but after my Tigers get in, you’re going to have to fight Oakland.

All kidding aside, this is awesome. I just finished listening to the 1114 EWCP Podcast from a few years ago.

I’d be very interested in a seminar on mechanical assemblies, arms in particular. (Programming aspect would also be nice)

I love your seminars and look forward to listening to these!

I’ll vote for this too. It’s been a whole since we’ve had an arm game. I’ve got a hunch…

Arms and Game Piece manipulation devices would be nice topics as well.

Some teams used a fusion of an arm and a claw this year. 233 basically used a claw attached to a pivoting arm on Fulcrum. This allowed them to create a dual pickup robot. The design was effective as well, it allowed them to DOMINATE Orlando until their “issue”. 254 used a pair of arms last year as their climber.

Arms, while not heavily used recently due to the lack of stacking games, are still useful and an effective mechanism!

Note: Apologies for any spelling or grammatical errors. This post was done on a tablet in a rush.

Is it possible for your team to talk about how you design your game strategy, your robot chassis and the game piece manipulating devices to achieve consistent performance (accurate scoring of game pieces)? What methods do your team use to verify that the performance of the robot is consistent?

Thank you so much for these seminars.

Orioles and Cardinals are the birds this season.
Not that I wouldn’t mind seeing Jays too.
They have 16 games to get their OPR up.
aaahhhhhh, statistics.

Are these presenters qualified to run these seminars?

Considering karthik is the head mentor of a team that’s won the chairman’s award AND world championship, I think he knows what he’s talking about :). If you want check out his previous seminars, “Effective FIRST Strategies”. Both the 2012 and 2013 versions are excellent!

Joke went over my head…

Doesn’t he help with the VEX Game Design also? Just saying… He knows his stuff.

Almost like he’s the Chairman of the VEX Robotics and VEX IQ Game Design Committees or something… :rolleyes:

Small request… Please do post PowerPoint slides on your website!

Here’s the link to our first broadcast, Running an FRC Team, taking place on October 1st at 9:00 pm.

The Blue Jays took the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we would get our seminars on time…::rtm::


I was rooting for the mariners anyway… :eek:

Going live in 3 minutes!

Bump, an hour and a half in and I’ve learned a ton!

Looks like my Wednesday slot for the rest of these sessions are filled.

The first seminar was amazing! Have to leave a bit early due to school

I was especially touched when someone asked my question for me after Karthik accidentally (I hope so at least :yikes: ) skipped my question!

Great first seminar

Strategic Design section is great - look forward to next week.

Go Mets in 2015 (wait until next year!).