[WRRF]: WRRF October 20th, 2005 Workshops

The following message is from Ceal Craig, WRRF 05 Workshop Manager:

Directions & Agenda Recap for OCT-22 WRRF Santa Clara University Workshops

WHERE: Santa Clara University, Engineering Building (404)
WHEN: October 22, 2005, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Santa Clara University is located near State Highway 101, County 87 (Guadalupe Parkway), and Interstate 880. You can locate directions and more detailed street information at http://www.scu.edu/map/

After turning west off of El Camino Real through the entrance onto Palm Drive, (past stadium on the left/south) take the second LEFT opportunity and drive into the Parking structure (first left opportunity is into a parking lot for the stadium); parking is FREE on Saturday. The Engineering building is directly west of this structure, Building 404 on the map. We won’t have a lot of signs; I’m sure you all can figure this out. (Same building as last year).

** Meet in Room EC 326 (third floor) to register.
** NOTE – meet on third floor inside building!!

LUNCH: $5 for Quizno’s sub (see quiznos.com/menu_subs.asp for menu).l You will order in morning at registration. Sodas and Chips available for free as part of your registration (one soda or water per person).

WHAT: Each workshop will be about 1.5 hours; the workshops will REPEAT, for example: robot physics will be in morning (“Workshop #1) AND again in afternoon (Workshop #2). This will allow students to take two different workshops! In addition, at the end of the day, a short discussion on part suppliers will be facilitated, with a quick wrap-up

HOW MUCH: $5 per person, payable to WRRF.

*** AGENDA ***
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration (Room EC 326)
!!!(First priority given to PRE-registered
students & mentors)
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Introductions, WRRF Status
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop #1
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop #2
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Supplier Panel Discussion
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up, Discuss Nov. Workshops

Ceal Craig
WRRF Workshop Program Manager

The workshops being offered on the 22nd are:

***Strength of Materials:

  • Tim Craig, Industry Coach, Team #1120; Mechanical & Software Engineer
  • Review theory & applications of strength of materials, stress, strain,
  • Review strengths & weaknesses of different materials
  • Applications of materials in robotic design

Electronics & FIRST Robots

  • Harry Garland, WRRF BOD member
  • Basics of electronics with respect to robots
  • More detail later! Harry has led this successful workshop for WRRF in the

Robot Physics

  • Eugene Brooks, Mentor, Team #1280; Team 852( prior years); physicist at
    Lawrence Livermore.
  • Does not require knowledge of calculus, but will require use of algebra &
  • Topics Covered: Units; Pressure; Mechanical Leverage as applied to
    pneumatics; forces and their components; center of gravity concepts; using
    stored energy to mitigate a marginal motor; momentum; and converting
    rotational to linear motion.

Using Excel to a Team’s Advantage

  • Ceal Craig, Industry Coach, Team #1120; Project Mgr. & Mechanical Engineer
  • Some working knowledge of Excel is assumed
  • Bringing a laptop will enable a student to work with instructor along the
    way in class, but computer is NOT required for class.
  • Power Excel Features to be reviewed: Style sheets, formulas, functions,
    graphs, connections between worksheets and workbooks
  • Applications to be reviewed in Excel:
    – Running finances for team
    – Keeping track of robot weight throughout build
    – Calculate speed of a motor under a given load
    – Calculate center of mass & tipping condition
  • CD provided to workshop participants of above applications