Girls’ Generation for FIRST Robotics Teams is coming October 29th to Portland.
Hundreds of girls participate in FIRST robotics, yet many graduate from the program without having played a significant role in the robotics side of the team, and without the knowledge and skills that come from doing so. With this event, we hope to inspire girls to take advantage of the opportunities for growth FIRST offers by giving them a slight “leg up” over their often dominating male counterparts, and a chance to witness the fun of engineering for themselves.
For a video of last year’s event, see this.
We will be using the rules used for the Indiana Robotics Invitational, with a few modifications. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Only girls will form the drive team and pit crew. (Guys are encouraged to come cheer on their team, and male mentors are permitted as needed.)
- To maximize drive time there will be no autonomous mode. Ubertubes may be scored any time during the match and will only act as doublers (you will not receive separate points for them).
- Matches will still be two and a half minutes. Be prepared to play a match about once every 20 minutes! Bring a lot of batteries and chargers!
- Minibot scoring, points awarded for tubes on the bottom row, and strictness of lane violation penalties have been modified according to the IRI rules.
- Each alliance, including those for the finals, will be made up of two teams.
- Match schedules will work the same way it does for BunnyBots. In other words there aren’t pre-assigned times just a queue. This way we don’t run matches with dead robots.
- There is no field control system. Because of radio interference, be absolutely sure your robot is running on 5Ghz 802.11n (also known as dual-band “N”). A Classmate or older laptop on your driver’s station won’t be able to do this. Either use a laptop with this capability, buy a USB dual band N adapter, or use the router from 2009. As we found out at Roboshock, your robot won’t work at the competition without doing this.
Check out this page for the rest of the details.