FIRSTFare 2012


FIRST Fare 2012

Designing and building a FIRST robot can be a daunting undertaking. Ideally, every member of an FRC team should have enough knowledge to make a contribution during the 6-week build season starting in January. Without seeing a wide range of robots, and understanding some technical basics, it’s hard to take a central role. That’s where FIRST Fare comes in.

FIRST Fare is both a robot show and a collection of technical/marketing seminars. You’ll get a detailed look at some of last year’s robots from veteran teams. You can ask questions, discuss ideas, and network with other people involved with FRC. The teams coming to this event are there to share the knowledge they’ve gathered. Last year nearly 300 people came. The other main function of FIRST Fare will be seminars on a variety of topics. These are typically presentations by experienced mentors, students or professionals. There are multiple seminar tracks with something of interest to anyone on a FIRST team.

Time and Location

FIRST Fare will be held Saturday, October 27th, 2012 .  Doors Open at 9:30.  First session is at 10am; goes until 3pm. It will be located at Gladstone High School, located right off of I-205.

Gladstone High School
18800 Portland Avenue
Gladstone, OR, 97027


Downloadble Schedule

You can download the schedule here.


Pizza, brought to you by Pizza Schmitza sold at lunch time for $3 a slice.

Coffee brought to you by Happy Rock sold in the morning for $2 a cup.

There are also a few local restaurants (Subway, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Safeway deli, and Los Volcanes Mexican eatery.)  


 It’s always great to wear your FRC shirts if you have them so other FRC’ers will know where you’re from.

When you Arrive

Please get a name tag in the sign-in area, entry marked by posters. Teams, please send one team member and your coach/mentor to sign your team in.


Workshop/presentation descriptions will continue to be updated/added, and the schedule will be available in the next post. Here is a list of workshops scheduled so far:

Workshop TitlePresenterDescription
Team Fundraising tool via PiggybackrAndrea Lo & Keenahn JungAndrea Lo, creator of Piggybackr, has launched a tool specifically designed for high school teams to become more effective in their fundraising efforts. Andrea is coming in from Silicon Valley to specifically help our Oregon FIRST teams learn how to effectively raise funds in a professional way using a tool that is easy and will keep you connected and communicating to sponsors and potential sponsors.
What Judges want in a Business PlanTerri NoppTeams will learn from a professional how to create your business plan that works not only for judging, but for telling your story to potential sponsors, mentors and legislators. Terri has been a FRC judge for 4 years and has seen a need for teams to better prepare their business plans and we're excited to have her time and talents.
Engaging your elected officialsCaitlin SauseWe are making great grounds in Salem towards securing funding for FIRST teams from the Govenor's budget. It is going to take a statewide effort and every team will be asked to invite their local elected officials to visit your school in the November to January time frame. Caitlin will prepare your students to deliver the message of FIRST so that we have a strong voice and will be effective in our efforts to convince our state why FIRST needs to be funded and teacher coaches stipended.
Sewing LEDs into FabricMarie BjeredeLearn how to sew LED lights into your t-shirt or mascot uniform. Bring a team t-shirt to practice sewing in lights.
Introduction to using Inventor and Frame GeneratorPaul NormandGet started using Autodesk Inventor to design mechanisms and structural frames. You will learn how to use 2D sketches to evaluate mechanical designs and create 3D parts. You will also learn how to automatically create a 3D a robot frame from sketch geometry using Frame Generator.
Manipulators for FIRST RobotsBruce WhitefieldCompilation of approaches used for FIRST robotics game piece manipulating systems. Will briefly discuss pro’s, con’s and design trade offs for a number of different manipulator designs.
Drive Trains for FIRST RobotsDale YocumThe drive train is the most important part of your robot yet many teams make some basic mistakes in their design and construction. This session compares 2 wheel, 4 wheel, 6 wheel, Mecanums, treads, and some of the unusual ones. We’ll look at the various transmissions and motors available to FIRST Teams. Vendors such as IFI, Skyway, and AndyMark will be discussed and audience members will share their experiences.
Highlights from the FRC Business RoundtableChris SteinerGlencoe business team members and other session leaders will present the latest findings on public relations, fundraising, and outreach strategies.
Beginner's LabviewKristina LandenBeginner's LabVIEW Workshop will walk through a discussion on the FRC 2012 Robot Project Frame work, describe the purpose of each 'block' of Team Code.
Then develop a program which utilizes Periodic Tasks to control the Robot Drive Motors. Kristina will focus on how to set up controls and drive the basic Robot.
Advanced LabVIEWJim ChastainThe Advanced LabVIEW Workshop will discuss how to use Global Variable to trouble shoot FRC LabVIEW programs and cure the most common programming mistakes team have see. Workshop is open to anyone with FRC LabVIEW programming experience. Questions are encouraged from all.
Engineering CollegesJodi Walder BiesanzJodi Walder-Biesanz ( outlines the steps of the college admissions process. She'll emphasize what can be done each year of high school to ensure students take advantage of opportunities (including FIRST Robotics) and maximize their chances for acceptance and scholarships.
Tool Design and SafetyMatt DriggersFaster, easier and better quality work is done by using the right tool for the right job. This presentation is focused on WHY tools are designed the way they are and HOW this affects safety. Safety captains, mentor/parent volunteers who supervise students, and new team members, will benefit most from attending.
Introduction to Designing Mechanisms with Inventor FusionManjiri McCoy and Jeff StraterWe will explore basic modeling using Inventor Fusion. You will learn how to create some simple parts and assemblies of parts, and join them together using mechanical relationships. We will create a simple mechanism that is representative of some that might be used in robot design. Special note: Be sure to check out before the class in order to get the most out of it!
Chairman's AwardMarina Dimitrov & Ann Gilleland 1540The Chairman's Award is the highest award bestowed to a FIRST Robotics team at the Regional and Championship competitions. It is based off of how a team demonstrates FIRST's ideals through community service, recruitment, mentoring, and gracious professionalism, along with other great team attributes. Discussion will include an introduction to the award, activities teams do to win the award, essay writing style, presentation tips, and sample questions. Presenters: Marina Dimitrov and Anne Gilleland, two members of FRC Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens' Chairman's team. Team 1540 has won the Chairman's award in 2012 (Oklahoma), 2010 (OR) and 2007 (PNW), and the Engineering Inspiration award in 2008 and 2009 (OR).
Dean's List AwardMarina DimitrovThe Dean's List Award is certainly the highest honor that can be bestowed on an FRC student for their leadership, passion, technical expertise, entrepreneurship, and overall commitment to FIRST and increasing awareness for the program. You've seen the two Finalists chosen at each regional, and maybe even the ten Winners at championships. But what happens to these members of the Dean's List following their award, and what does it take to become one? Marina Dimitrov, our very own 2012 Winner from FRC Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens in Portland, OR, comes bearing stories and tips. We want to make this a discussion-based session in addition to the presentation, so bring your questions and thoughts!
BunnyBot 2012, Ping Pong PanicDale YocumBunnyBots 2012 is a simple sounding pre-season competition to get teams ready for build season with a lot of depth. This session will be an overview of the game and give participants a chance to ask questions of game designer Dale Yocum, head coach of Catlin Gabel Team 1540, the Flaming Chickens .
Web Design 101: Getting a Website OnlineBob GoetzGet the word out about your team in a high impact way. This session looks at the way website design affects the user experience. Teams planning on creating award-winning websites, no matter their technology, will want to pay close attention. See what website judges are looking for.
Web Design 101: Designing a Robotics WebsiteElliott CapekLearn how to design a website for the FIRST Website Competition. The presentation will start by covering how to set up Drupal, a popular Content Management System. Then, we will go into how to lay out content, pictures and other media to best represent your team.
Scouting FRC: Competitive Analysis at FIRST CompetitionsTucker GordonAlliance selection is a very important part of FRC competitions, yet so many times base their picks off of FIRST team rankings. In this seminar, we will look at the various modes of tracking the competition, analyzing it, and producing a helpful picklist.
Control SystemsTim Bennington-DavisAn introduction to the control system both from a hardware and conceptual standpoint. Learn what the Input and Output capabilities of the cRIO are. Learn how all this stuff is wired and best practices.
Beginning Pneumatics Dale Yocum This session is for team members with no exposure to pneumatics. What are all of those mysterious components and tubes and why you'd want to use them? We'll discuss regulators, storage tanks, relief valves, pressure switches, cylinders, solenoid valves, fittings, etc. If you already know what all those things are and how to connect them then this is NOT seminar for you.
Project ManagementJean Oh and Chris Imondi A discussion of basic tools that mentors and team leaders can use to establish a proper project scope, manage resources, track progress, and deliver results on time. Tools discussed include: Skills Matrix, Resource Loading Diagram, Design Review, Work Breakdown Structure, Functional Efficiency Technique, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Gantt Chart.