Past Presentations

 2013 Presentations:

The Chairman's Award

The Chairman's Award is the highest award bestowed to a FIRST Robotics team at the District, Regional, District Championship, and World Championship competitions. It is based off of how a team demonstrates FIRST's ideals through community service, recruitment, mentoring, and gracious professionalism, along with other great team attributes. 

The Chairman's Award by Jacob Bendicksen

Competitive Analysis

Alliance selection is a very important part of FRC competitions, yet so many teams base their picks off ofFIRST team rankings. 

Competitive Analysis by Hamzah Khan

The Business Plan

The Business Plan by Hamzah Khan

FRC Business Roundtable 2013:

The Chairman's Award

The Chairman's Award is the highest award bestowed to a FIRST Robotics team at the District, Regional, District Championship, and Championship competitions. It is based off of how a team demonstrates FIRST's ideals through community service, recruitment, mentoring, and gracious professionalism, along with other great team attributes. 

This is a condensed version of Jacob's presentation at FIRSTFare.

The Chairman's Award by Jacob Bendicksen

LEGO Tutorials

In 2007, Team 1540 created a tutorial for the NXT software used by FLL teams to program their robots. We have maintained it since then, and its popularity has exploded. It is the official tutorial for the Oregon Robotics Tournaments and Outreach Program (ORTOP). It is the first link on Google if the query ‘NXT tutorial’ is searched.

The NXT Tutorial can be found herewww.ortop.org/NXT_Tutorial

Building off of our success with the NXT tutorial, we created a tutorial for the next-generation Mindstorms computer, the EV3. It's the first result on Google if 'EV3 tutorial' is searched.

The EV3 tutorial can be found here: http://www.stemcentric.com/ev3-tutorial

Chairman's Award

The Chairman's Award is the highest award bestowed to a FIRST Robotics team at the Regional and Championship competitions. It is based off of how a team demonstrates FIRST's ideals through community service, recruitment, mentoring, and gracious professionalism, along with other great team attributes. Discussion will include an introduction to the award, activities teams do to win the award, essay writing style, presentation tips, and sample questions. Team 1540 has won the Chairman's award in 2014 (PNW & OSU), 2013 (OR), 2012 (Oklahoma), 2010 (OR) and 2007 (PNW), and the Engineering Inspiration award in 2008 and 2009 (OR).

PresentationsFIRSTFare 20132012, and 2010

Dean's List Award

The Dean's List Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an FRC student for their leadership, passion, technical expertise, entrepreneurship, and overall commitment to FIRST and increasing awareness for the program. You've seen the two Finalists chosen at each regional, and maybe even the ten Winners at championships. But what happens to these members of the Dean's List following their award, and what does it take to become one? Marina Dimitrov, our very own 2012 Winner from FRC Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens in Portland, OR, comes bearing stories and tips. We want to make this a discussion-based session in addition to the presentation, so bring your questions and thoughts! Presented by Marina Dimitrov '13

Presentation: FIRSTFare 2012

Beginning Pneumatics

This session is for team members with no exposure to pneumatics. What are all of those mysterious components and tubes and why you'd want to use them? We'll discuss regulators, storage tanks, relief valves, pressure switches, cylinders, solenoid valves, fittings, etc. If you already know what all those things are and how to connect them then this is NOT seminar for you. Presented by at FIRSTFare 2012 by Dale Yocum, 1540 head mentor. 

PresentationFIRSTFare 2012

Business Plan

The Business Plan is a key component of any team's growth - it helps them identify areas for growth and improvement, while also providing a vision for the team's future. Presented by Hamzah Khan '14.

Presentation: FIRSTFare 2013

Scouting FRC: Competitive Analysis at FIRST Competitions

Alliance selection is a very important part of FRC competitions, yet so many times base their picks off ofFIRST team rankings. In this seminar, we will look at the various modes of tracking the competition, analyzing it, and producing a helpful picklist. Presented at FIRSTFare 2012 by Tucker Gordon'13

Presentation: FIRSTFare 20132012, and 2010

Drive Trains for FIRST Robots

The drive train is the most important part of your robot yet many teams make some basic mistakes in their design and construction. This session compares 2 wheel, 4 wheel, 6 wheel, Mechanums, treads, and some of the unusual ones. We'll look at the various transmissions and motors available to FIRST Teams. Vendors such as IFI, Skyway, and AndyMark will be discussed and audience members will share their experiences. Presented by Dale Yocum, 1540 Head Mentor. 

PresentationFIRSTFare 2012, 20112010, and 2009

New Coach Essentials

This pre-session is designed for coaches and student leaders new to FRC though anyone is welcome. We'll cover team organization, logistics, mentor roles, sample build schedules, budgets, facilities, tools, strategy, and much more. Presented by Dale Yocum, 1540 Head Mentor

Presentation: FIRSTFare 2011

Introduction to Java

If you've never programmed in Java before or need a refresher, this presentation will give you a high level idea of what the language looks like and what this object orientation stuff is all about. Presented at FIRSTFare by Andrew, Catlin Gabel School Computer Science Instructor and mentor of Team 1540.

PresentationFIRSTFare 2011, 2010, and 2009

FRC Radios and Communication

This presentation will explore how the robot talks to the field during a match. It discusses tech specifics on the game adapters, the network communications as we understand them, how to avoid some common problems, and troubleshooting utilities. Presented at FIRSTFare by Faith, Catlin Gabel School System Administrator, and FRC Field Admin.

PresentationFIRSTFare 2010

Robot Design, Brainstorming and Rapid Prototyping with 80/20 and QuickFrame

Learn how Team 1540, the Flaming Chickens, design their robot. This presentation includes a myriad of information: from prototyping suggestions to appropriate use of robotics components. It will also cover the proper usage of 80/20 and QuickFrame - a lightweight aluminum framing system that will allow you to prototype efficiently. Come see what designing a robot is all about! Presented at FIRSTFare by Rohan.

Design PresentationFIRSTFare 2010

QuickFrame Presentation: FIRSTFare 2008

Java Beta Update

Team 1540 was chosen as the NW team to beta test Java this year. hear their insights about this new version of the language an what they've found so far. Presented at FIRSTFare by Andrew, Catlin Gabel School Computer Science Instructor and mentor of Team 1540.

PresentationFIRSTFare 2011

More great resources by other Oregon FRC teams