Team 971 Invites You To Spartan Series 2020: Week 2

On behalf of Team 971, I’m excited to invite you to join us for to Week 2 of Spartan Series! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation mentors and students of 971 will be hosting lectures with the goal of sharing knowledge 971 has accumulated to help your team succeed in FRC.

This year, anyone who is interested in attending the Series is welcome. If there is something you would like to learn, come! If there is someone you want to meet, come! The Series will be a great event to learn, network, and push your limits.

We will stream each talk through YouTube. The links can be found on the workshop schedule here and will be posted in this thread every day.

We hope to see you (virtually) there!

If you attended any talks from Week 1, we would love to hear your feedback and suggestions here.

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Join us today starting at 6pm for CAD with Me with Travis Schuh, going through his thought process as he designs a mechanism live.

Travis is currently a Senior Mechanical Engineering Manager at Auris Health. He is 971’s lead mechanical mentor and teaches design, CAD, machining, and much more. He enjoys mentoring because it gives him a chance to work with smart kids on interesting problems. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Olin College of Engineering. Travis was a student on 971 for 3 years and was team captain his senior year in 2008.

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Tune in here today at 5pm to hear Kai talk about overview of 971’s assembly process, from best practices to effective organization and workflow management.

Kai is a senior and was 971’s 2020 manufacturing and strike team lead. He has been on the team since he was a freshman and worked on design, assembly, and manufacturing. Outside of robotics, Kai enjoys rock climbing and singing in the MVHS choir.

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Are the youtube videos viewable by link only? The links that you sent in the week one thread work, but I can’t seem to find them on the 971 channel page.

Check out our “Behind the Glass” drive team panel, with Austin, Bailey, and Sabina, moderated by me (Mira), detailing how we prepare for and execute matches from offseason to Einstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_SCsnksAmw

Austin is the lead software mentor on 971. He currently works at Blue River Technology, a John Deere company, developing sprayers to target weeds using AI. He worked at Google for nearly 2 years before moving to Peloton Technology where he spent 6 years as the software architect. Austin graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a dual Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering degree. In his spare time, Austin enjoys hiking and biking.

Bailey is a senior and has been our driver since the 2019 season, where he helped 971 earn their place on Einstein for the first time in 10 years and win all 5 competitions entered. He is also involved in manufacturing and assembly and outside of robotics, Bailey plays club lacrosse.

Sabina recently graduated from 971 and will attend UMass Lowell in the fall to study Computer Science and Management. She was our team captain for the 2020 season, after having been on the team for the past 6 years and drive team for 5. In her spare time, Sabina enjoys reading management books.

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Today at 5:30pm, join Melissa, Megan, and Sarah to learn about online team presence and marketing in a digital world. This panel will discuss how to portray your team’s mission, efforts, and brand, taking advantage of the influence of social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBCq92FGML4

Melissa joined 971 as an outreach and software mentor in 2018. She is a Senior User Experience Researcher for Google Stadia and has a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Applied Cognition from George Mason University. Melissa has been involved in FIRST for 20 years since she was in middle school. She is a Head Referee and was recognized as San Francisco Regional Volunteer of the Year in 2020.

Sarah joined 971 as an outreach, awards, and software mentor in 2019 after ten years of mentoring FRC Team 3132. She currently works at Google as a software engineer on trusted computing platforms. Sarah Heimlich received her bachelor’s degree in software engineering and her masters in computing from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia. She has been involved with FIRST since she was -4 months old, though her active involvement started 15 years ago. Sarah is a Dean’s List winner and Woodie Flowers finalist.

Megan is an outreach and awards mentor on 971. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Cognitive Science. As a passionate member of the FIRST community, since she was a student on FRC Team 3309, the Friarbots, she has volunteered as the Lead Queuer for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Regionals. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, watching movies, and taking care of her Bearded Dragon, Viserion.

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Join Austin at 5pm for the LAST DAY of Spartan Series to learn about Robot Software Architecture and the Design of AOS. Austin presents updates to 971’s framework for code, showing principles and reasoning behind the design and workflows available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqnjbtQBS3w

Austin is the lead software mentor on 971. He currently works at Blue River Technology, a John Deere company, developing sprayers to target weeds using AI. He worked at Google for nearly 2 years before moving to Peloton Technology where he spent 6 years as the software architect. Austin graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a dual Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering degree. In his spare time, Austin enjoys hiking and biking.

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