Tips from an Expert: How to Succeed with Your Robotics Team (Liron Gurvitz)

Team 3211 lead mentor Liron Gurvitz  recently granted permission to FRC Designs to post his already-published Coderz article “Tips from an Expert: How to Succeed with Your Robotics Team.” The formatting of Gurvitz’s original article has been altered to work properly with the FRC Designs website, but all written content remains unaltered. All credit for the writing and…

Jim Zondag: Stop the Stop Build

Jim Zondag, from FIRST Team 33, just dropped what might be the definitive paper on why Stop Build Day should be eliminated in FRC.

The FTC Experience

My experience as an FTC mentor, and how FTC has changed my perspective on FIRST

What is the Best FRC Game? (And Where Could Stronghold Fall?)

Every year, the cycle of Chief Delphi repeats itself; “Mentors do everything on team XXXX”, “Why do We Allow Adult Coaches?”, “FRC Tweeted Something Innocuous. Is it a Hint”, and of course “What was the Best FRC Game of All Time”. After seeing this cycle repeat itself for the dozenth time, I could not resist…

Keys to a Successful Drive Team: An Interview with Travis Covington

After Ty Tremblay and I finished up our thoughts on how teams can use their human player to their advantage, we decided to further explore the drive team and the people that are on it. To do this, we talked to Travis Covington, a 19-year participant in FIRST and a Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winner….

Thoughts on 2016’s New COTS Products

FIRST’s main suppliers all came out with some new products this offseason. This article is going to look into some of those new products and discuss their impacts on FRC Teams. I didn’t discuss every single small product, but this should give you a general idea of all of the major products out there.

Utilizing the Human Player (2008 – Present)

The human player in FRC is often overlooked (after all, it’s a robot competition, right?).  However, you’ll find that the human player can have a huge impact on the success of a team on a given year.  What were the best uses of the human player, and what can we learn from them?  Find out…

FRC Electrical- Building the harnesses

In my last post, I discussed the planning step of designing an electrical system. Using CAD and other tools, a FRC electrical system can be planned out efficiently. Now that the design is completed, I’ll move on to the actual wiring process. There are many facets of wiring in FRC that must be considered, and…