Just yesterday I posted a note about software and understanding both the field control system (FCS) and programming languages. Most mentors and students intuitively "get" the mechanics of building a robot and develop a variety of solutions. Software (in general) is a bit less intuitive and requires some practice. If you and your teams don't get some practice time with the software your FTC experience will suffer.
For those of you reading this who are mentors check out this resource (below). It's a mentor/coach training call focused on software. There are limited spots but there should be room. The call is also recorded if you want to listen later. If your a student reading this - get your mentor(s) the note.
Senior Mentor/FTC Coach/Mentor Training Call
**Please note there are only 150 lines open for these calls, first-come, first- served. All calls are recorded**
Call Topic: FTC Software basics
Hosted By: FSM Mike Henry, TX, partnered with Andrew Schuetze (FTC Affiliate Partner, San Antonio), Sean Kelly (FTA, San Antonio) , and Richard Jennings Labview Consultant
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 @ 7pm EST
Areas of Content:
• Software Options
• RobotC Pros and Cons, required templates and how to use them properly
• Labview Pros and Cons, required templates and how to use them properly
• Controlling your robot at the tournament on the Laptop YOUR TEAM PROVIDES
o What is the FCS
o How to Establish a connection and assign joysticks
o What can cause Bluetooth communication errors