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2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off 64

theodp writes "Saturday, the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition kicked off, and — much like the Pinewood Derby — mentoring by adult engineers there doesn't hurt one's chances of winning. So, any advice for 'ordinary' high schools going up against the likes of FIRST Robotics Teams sponsored and mentored by NASA? FIRST Robotics Team 254's Lab at NASA Ames Research Center, for instance, includes 'an 80% size practice field as well as a small machine shop, workspace, computer lab and meeting space.' Not surprisingly, Team 254 won the 2011 FIRST Championship." We took our camera to the Michigan FRC championships last year, and had a great time.
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2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off

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  • by CharlieG ( 34950 ) on Monday January 07, 2013 @08:41AM (#42503595) Homepage

    Making sponsor relationships is a big deal, as their time does not count towards your budget. Expect to work long hours. Find a mech eng to help.
    Most important thing? Let he kids do the work and have fun. Our mentor team probably could have had a robot built already, or close (4 pro programmers, a ME, a machinist, an EE) but we let the kids design and build, we teach software design, how to use the shop, and act as a safety team.

    Dropping the kit of parts to the school thisAM
    Go Fe Maidens 2265 and SciBorgs 1155

The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.