Program It! Eastern PA

2015-2016 Season - Workshop

Event Information


Saturday October 10, 2015
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Penn State Great Valley
Conference Center Building
Engineering Suite
30 E Swedesford Rd
Malvern, PA 19355


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7:30 AMVolunteers Arrive and Check-in
8:00 AMTeams Arrive and Check-in
8:30 AMWelcome
PSU Great Valley Engineering Lab Tour
9:00 AMWorkshops Begin
Practice Field Open
12:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PMWorkshops Resume
3:30 PMWorkshops Complete
4:00 PMEvent Complete

Event Host

We are excited to be working with our hosts Penn State Great Valley on the Program It! Eastern PA Workshop.

In addition to our FTC workshops, you will learn about Penn State Great Valley engineering opportunities plus tour their new $2.5 million Engineering Suite, which includes high-tech classrooms, a fully equipped circuits lab, robotics center and a fabrication and design facility outfitted with the latest engineering technologies. This state-of-the-art facility gives students hands-on experience using professional engineering equipment and software, such as multiple 3D printers, machining centers, a laser engraver, and other shop tools.

Event Details

There are two hands on workshops available plus a practice field with the FIRST RES-Q game elements. Choose the option that works best for you.

New Technology Introduction Workshop

Instructor: Jim Rumbaugh

New or just getting started with the FTC New Technology components? This workshop is for you. Topics include New Tech Review and Demo, Anderson Powerpoles, Driver Station, Robot Controller, Driving the Robot, Introduction to Development Tools and the FTC Software Development Kit (SDK), Creating a New OpMode, Interacting with sensors, motors and servos, and Troubleshooting the system.

Leave with a configured programming laptop, experience in setting up and using the FTC New Technology, and confidence to charge ahead into the season!

New Technology Advanced Workshop

Instructor: Brian Hildebrandt

Feeling comfortable with the basics and ready to dive in? In this workshop we are going to dive head first into the programming challenge with the new technology platform. This will be largely a hands on lab so you will be writing code and building the robot controller application just as you will need to do for this year’s challenge. We are going to learn about Java, Object Oriented Programming, Syntax and Structure, How to Navigate Java Doc (specific to our new platform), how to create and develop our own OpModes, and how to manage the OpMode registry. We will learn how to use the On Board Sensors of the Android device in our OpMode for navigational controls as well as interacting with our new and legacy controllers and devices.

What to bring for the Workshops

These are hands on workshops. To get the most out of the workshops, please bring what you can of the following:

  • Programming laptop –¬†For the Advanced Workshop, Java SE 8, Android Studio and ftc_app must be installed and configured
  • FTC New Technology components: Electronics Modules (Base Kit) and/or Electronics Modules & Sensor Kit (Full Kit), USB cables
  • ZTE Speed phones, OTG USB cable, USB hub
  • Legacy components: DC Motor controllers, Servo controllers, Sensors, I2C cables
  • DC Motors, Servos, cables and wires, slotted screwdriver
  • Logitech F310 Gamepads
  • Charged Tetrix batteries and charger
  • Power strip
  • Safety glasses

FIRST RES-Q Practice Field

Part of your team need some time with the field and the FIRST RES-Q game elements? We will have workspaces, a collaboration area, and a complete practice field available for your team. Remember to bring a power strip and safety glasses.

Team Registration Information

Participating Teams

Team # Team Name Organization Location
61 Ozone Oxford Robotics Oxford, PA
3795 Jag Wired Garnet Valley High School Glen Mills, PA
5910 Sparks Academy of Notre Dame Villanova, PA
6045 foobar Oxford Robotics Oxford, PA
7244 OUT of the BOX Independent Thorndale, PA
7314 Sab-BOT-age Downingtown Area Robotics Downingtown, PA
7423 Flaming Phoenix Unionville Chadds-Ford School District Kennett Square, PA
7690 MASH Triage Unit Friends of 401 Pottstown , PA
7726 Automatons Pottstown High School Pottstown, PA
8528 Rhyme Know Reason First State Robotics Wilmington, DE
9242 GearHounds York Country Day School York, PA
9863 MASHellaneous Friends of 401 Pottstown, PA
9872 (In)Formal Logic Covenant Christian Academy Harrisburg, PA
10098 U-Ville Charles F Patton Middle School Kennett Square, PA
10333 TechSpark TechFire Robotics of York York, PA
10353 Metal Works Independent Lancaster, PA
10367 Evolution TM Friends and Neighbors Ellicott City, MD
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