Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Certified Robot Inspector for Sac FRC Regional 2012

Looking forward to volunteering at this year's FRC (F.I.R.S.T. Robot Competition). I have read about this event in SERVO the past couple years, however seeing one of these incredible robots first hand at Robogames got me really interested.

Given this is my first FRC event, I have a lot to catch up on.  Spent most of Saturday reading the various guides and rule books. After being selected for something technical I got to run through a certification exam (complete with a certificate). I was a little concerned that I might have been selected to volunteer as a food vendor or parking lot attendant... I would have done it either way.

After finding out about the certification requirement, I thought perhaps I was in over my head. Of course after doing homework it all was a lot more clear. The robots all share common sub systems that are configured in standard ways.  The fun begins when the participants design the platforms for the sub systems and the various end effectors attached. Here is the description of the job duty.

I would love to get my hands on a KOP (kit of parts). Lots of hardware goodies and software; heavily subsidized by various sponsors. FIRST was around when I was in school, but not at my school.

I am looking forward to this because it will continue to expose me to more of the concepts I picked up from the Sierra College CIE program. Now that the MBA is complete I need to finish the CIE AA.  I suspect given the Junior College crunch right now getting enrolled will be harder!

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