FTC – First Tech Challenge

This week I started helping one of the local schools get ready for their upcoming FTC competition.  Well…as of right now I have not done much other then gathering my ideas.  It is a 4 person team, each with their own roles.  They are running Java to control their robot, using Android phones.

It cool to see the creativity that is happening.  I have included some links below and will keep you all posted.  Don’t be surprised if I call on you for some programming help.  It has been a good 7 years since the last time I  touched Java.  Looking forward to the student typing up some pseudocode, then once we have an outline we will convert it to actual usable code.  If you would like to find out more about this challenge please check out some of these links.

Update as of 26 Mar 16:

We were able to get the robot working in Autonomous mode and Operator driven mode.  At the moment we do not have any sensors, just some motors, but it works… I think we are excited.  Now, we can move on to adding sensors, optimizing our code, and more.  To start off we use the code from this guy’s YouTube channel Swerve Robotics

If you want to look at our code so far you can check it out on GitHub:

Think Schematics/LKZ_FTC_robot

 

Video of challenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b49Q3kqrSv0

Overview:

http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc

Android Technology:

http://www.firstinspires.org/node/5291

Engineering Journal

http://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/ftc/engineering-notebook-guidelines.pdf

http://www.first-tech-challenge.org/en/general/the-robot.html#3

http://www.slideshare.net/boyarsky/ftc-robot-c-to-java-47666063

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