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FTC-Iowa: Preparing for an Event
Preparing for an event can be a factor with how well your robot and team perform at an event, especially a qualifier or championship event. The best way to practice for a tournament is to attend a "non-tournament event", which include scirmmages, workshops or skills driving events" Check out the listing of non-tournament events.
To prepare your team for an event
- Review the Game Manual. It is important to read the game manual several times prior to the event.
- Review the FTC Forums. The FTC Q&A Game Forums have the most-up-to-date information about changes to the rules.
- Polish the Engineering Notebook. Is your team documenting their experience properly? If you have any questions or would like to see a great engineering notebook, check out the Engineering Notebooks page.
- Review the FTC-Iowa Cancellation Policy. This policy details reasons that events may be cancelled (weather, illness, etc.)
- Bill of Materials. Is your team using any materials outside of the standard kit-of-parts? If so, your team will need to submit a Bill of Materials sheet (a sample copy is in the Game Manual) to the inspectors during the competition.
- STIMS (Student Team Information Member System). All participating students, who will be attending an FTC event, are asked to complete an online consent. More information can be found by clicking on STIMS.
- Judging Video. If your team plans to submit a video for the judges to view, please view the FTC Video Requirements.
For easier inspections, teams are to do a self-inspection prior to the event. Teams can download a Hardware & Software Inspection checklist from the Game Manual (Part 2) and bring it to the event and show the inspectors. A complete list of "robot rules" can be found in the FTC 2012-2013 Game Manual Part 1.
As a reminder, the following items are not allowed:
- Prefabricated (a.k.a. purchased/store bought) springs
- Prefabricated (a.k.a. purchased/store bought) hinges
- Non-skid material, if it has an adhesive backing.
At the Event
- Closed-toe shoes. Students will be asked to change shoes if they are not wearing closed-toe shoes.
- Safety glasses. Bring your safety glasses. We cannot provide safety glasses for all of the teams and volunteers.
- Print out of consent forms from STIMS (Student Team Information Member System)
- Gracious Professionalism. An important aspect of participating in FTC.
- Engineering Notebook. Don't forget!
- Bill of Materials. A documentation of anything your team used on the robot beyond the robot kit-of-parts.