Girls Generation 2011

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.

You’re invited…

…if you’re a girl! We look forward to seeing all-female drive teams and pit crews. Guys are, however, encouraged to come and cheer, and male mentors are permitted as needed. If you do not have enough girls on your team to make up an entire drive team and pit crew, email us anyway, and we will pair you with another team. Similarly, if you are a rookie team, and do not have a robot from last year, email us, and we will also pair you with another team. During FIRSTFare on October 15, we will be having a Girls’ Generation seminar with the latest details and an opportunity for girls from various FRC teams to connect and figure out any team pairings. We want as many girls as possible to be able to attend!

How to Sign Up

To register, contact Dale Yocum (here) with your team number. There is no charge for this event.

Who is registered?

Click here to see all the teams that have registered.

The Game

We will be playing last year’s game, Logomotion, with the robots teams built for the 2011 competition. For rules of the game, please see We will be providing all of the necessary tubes. The matches will be held on a full-size field, and scored using the updated rules used for the Indiana Robotics Invitational ( There are significant changes from the official FIRST rules, so make sure you read and are familiar with the IRI rules. We will have a simplified alliance selection towards the end of the day. However, there will be a few changes from the way regional competitions are run, as well as several deviations from the IRI rules, as outlined below.

Changes to FIRST and IRI Procedures

  1. There will be no autonomous mode, and matches will be 2:30 (two minutes and thirty seconds) each to maximize drive time. This means that ubertubes can be placed any time during the match, but will only act as doublers, so you will not receive points for them alone.
  2. Keep in mind there is no field control system; each robot runs on its own router.
  3. Each alliance (including those for the finals) will be made up of two teams, instead of three.
  4. There is a holding area in the building with the field where robots that are fully functional can wait for their next match. Robots needing more than a simple hand tool to repair, though, should go to their pit area in the adjoining building.
  5. Each team should expect to be playing a match approximately every twenty minutes, so be prepared to get a lot of drive practice!
  6. Ranking is different (see below).


The queuing for Girls’ Generation will function the same way as outlined by the 2011 BunnyBot rules If a robot is not working at the time when it is supposed to be in a match, the robot will be traded for another robot in the queue. The more matches you play, the higher your potential score, so try to make sure your robot is as reliable as possible before coming to the event. A computer will assign alliances and match slots on the fly. When you finish playing a match, the computer will put you at the bottom of the queue and you’ll work your way up as matches are played. You can talk to the Gamemaster and ask that your team be repositioned in the queue up to twice during the day. Use those moves wisely.

Ranking and Final Matches

After playing a match teams earn qualifications points using the formulas below.

Winner Qualification Points = W + L/2

Loser Qualification Points = L

Tie Qualification Points = W

Where W is the winner’s score (or either robot’s score in a tie), L is the loser’s score. Neither L nor W is allowed to go negative.

Note this is much simpler than the Logomotion rules and will affect the strategy of teams. Plan accordingly.

At 3:30pm sharp (or as soon as the current match is concluded if the robots have started to be announced or are playing) the two robots with the highest qualification points are the alliance captains for the finale. They chose one robot each to play with them in the final matches. The team with the most points picks first, and the first-ranked alliance may not choose the second-ranked. Those alliances play best two out of three matches. If a robot becomes disabled, the remaining team can choose a replacement from the robots remaining to join their alliance.

The Venue

We will be playing at Catlin Gabel (8825 SW Barnes Road, Portland Oregon 97225), in covered Tennis Court 1, which is next to the gym. Map and directions can be found at–‐and–‐directions. Please park in the main lot (turn right at the entrance to Catlin Gabel) when you are done dropping off equipment (for that, you can turn left at the entrance to Catlin Gabel, and drive into the small, circular, parking lot by the tennis courts).

Team members can bring a lunch, or buy pizza by the slice at the event. Though there is no other food within walking distance, there is a QFC Supermarket, Starbucks, Subway, and Joy Wok about a mile down Barnes Road.

Teams should bring whatever tools and parts they think they might need. Teams must bring a tarp to cover their pit area … we dare not damage the surface.

Pit Area

Because this is a full FRC field, each team’s pit area will be in the adjoining covered tennis court, known at Tennis Court 2. You’ll have a full 10’x10’ area there. Moving robots back and forth between the field in Tennis Court 1 and the pit is a bit of a pain, though, because there are a couple of stairs involved. There should be members, male or female, attached to your team who feel comfortable lifting your robot over a few stairs.

In your pit area you’ll keep your batteries and chargers, tools, extra bumpers and other supplies.

Catlin’s robotics lab is nearby, and can be used if you need to do work involving serious power tools.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

9:00am Doors open, teams arrive between 9:00 and 10:00

10:00am Practice field opens

11:00am Qualifying Matches Begin

3:20pm End of Qualification Rounds

3:30pm Alliance Selection

3:40pm Final matches

4:00pm Award ceremony (help cleaning up will be much appreciated!)

Things Teams Should Bring

  1. All of the batteries you have, and their chargers. Since teams will be playing many matches that are very close to each other, batteries will not always have time to recharge. If your team does not own many batteries, think about borrowing some from another team that is not participating in the event.
  2. A 100’ extension cord and power strip.
  3. Both colors of bumpers for your robot (and students who know how to change them).
  4. Folding chairs if spectators want them (there is no seating in the tennis courts).
  5. Any parts and tools you might need.
  6. Lunch, or cash to buy pizza.
  7. At least semi-practiced drivers.
  8. IMPORTANT DRIVER’S STATION NOTE. There will be no field control system, so each team’s robot will run on the team’s own driver’s station computer. Do not use computer that only supports normal WiFi 802.11B/G as experience has shown that to be unreliable in a competition environment. Be sure you are using the 5GHz WiFi “N” band because radio interference in the 2.4GHz band makes for intermittent connections and dangerous driving. Note, the standard Classmate laptop does NOT support the 5GHz band and should NOT be used by itself. Either use the router from 2009, a laptop that has dual band N wireless built in, or a separate dual band N network adapter. We’re testing adapters right now and hope to publish the results soon. Note that there are two flavors of “N” which is confusing. “N” can just be 2.4Ghz “N” or it can be dual band to also use the 5Ghz band. You always want dual-band. If it doesn’t say dual-band it’s not. At the FRC competition they use 5Ghz exclusively.
  1. Make sure it runs back home!
  2. Safety glasses!
  3. Team identification for your driver station. Each team should create a 8.5” x 11” sign with your team number (large) and team name. This is used in lieu of snazzy electronic displays at the driver’s tables. It will go into a plastic holder there. The MC will use this to announce your team, so make it readable from at least 6 feet away.
  4. A self-supporting sign for your pit area. This could just be another 8.5” x 11” piece of card stock on a stick.
  5. Optional: table and/or chairs for your pit area. None are supplied.
  6. A cart to transport your robot.