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FTC Robotics: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Secrets Paperback – March 29, 2010
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About the Author
Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey has competed in FTC Robotics for three years. In the 2008/09 season they were a winning alliance partner at the New Jersey Championships and they placed second as a captain team in the New York City championships. They were ranked 8th in their division at the World Championships that season. In the 2009/10 season, they fielded two competitive teams: Team 247 and Team 248. Team 248 won the New Jersey State Championships as captain team, and Team 247 won the New York City Championships as captain team. Thus both teams qualified for the World Championships, and are preparing to compete as of this writing. Because of their success, many teams ask them questions about many topics: "Where did you get that nice rolling cart?", "Why don't you use gears on the wheels?" etc. Those questions were the inspiration for this book. FTC Robotics is one of the most complex high school level activities in existence, but there is no central source of information to help new teams get up to speed or veteran teams improve their game. This volume is meant to fill that gap and help level the playing field.
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Top customer reviews
Winning competitions is my secondary goal. My primary goal is to let young minds experience the excitement of engineering careers and get them interested in engineering and science professions and possibly in robotics. This book made my task a lot easier.
I got a free copy from the authors during Sept. 11th kick-off. Right now it is with one of my team members. I am not in a position to refer back book to provide accurate descriptions. I have ordered three more copies from Amazon. I sincerely believe this book should be in the arsenal of any FTC robotics team.
Here are my reasons for my recommendation:
1. It introduces terms like harvesting, chassis to teams so that they can communicate using appropriate professional terms.
2. This book provides several tips and tricks in building, wiring, in dealing with electrical components, and preparing for competitions. These things save lot of frustration, and make a team's preparations more rewarding. Take a look at the program snippet to prevent DC motor burn-out, for example.
3. Several measures and counter measures were discussed in detail. While these may not be applicable for this season's game they provide you with an organizational framework in which to develop your own strategies.
I sincerely believe this book already elevated our team preparations for this season to next level, I am sure it will do the same for yours as well.
Thank you, Pope John XXIII Robotics team!