Battle O' Baltimore Workshops

The Battle O' Baltimore will host a number of workshops throughout the event to help new teams with various aspects of FIRST.

2016's Workshops

Intended audience: New and returning FRC volunteers

Intended audience: Non-engineering mentors

Intended audience: Mentors

Intended audience: Volunteers and mentors; learn more about how participation in the Baltimore Area Alliance can enrich your FRC experience.

Two hands-on training opportunities, for coaches and team members, will be offered during the Battle O’ Batlimore. Both require that you bring a Laptop with the EV3 program pre-loaded and a robot with a few sensors. If you have any questions contact Wizards.exe@gmail.com and we'd be happy to figure out arrangements for you to join us. Space is limited, so please sign up soon at http://wizards-exe.weebly.com/fll-training.html

The coaches and members from Wizards.EXE will be offering a 2 hour introduction for coaches, mentors, and parents on the key aspects of the running a FIRST LEGO League Team. The goal is to help you learn about how to lead the team during the season with a focus on the Project and EV3 programming. The session will be taught using real examples and lead by coaches from past FLL Championship team members from Mindstorm Masterminds, Organized Kaos, and ProbeMasters.

The training will include slides, examples, and exercises you can use with your team. We will use past experiences and example to provide guidance on the Project, including reviewing the rubric; guiding the team through brainstorming and researching an innovative solution; and providing tips and tricks for the presentation. The bulk of the session will focus on introduction to the Robot and EV3 programming, At the end of the session you should be able to help your team get started with the robot and programming. The preliminary agenda includes:

The coaches and members from Wizards.EXE will be offering a 2 hour introduction to EV3 progamming for FLL teams. The goal is to help team members learn about the EV3 programming environment and to be able to program their robot for the current FLL season. The session will be taught using real examples and lead by team members and coaches from past FLL Championship teams Mindstorm Masterminds, Organized Kaos, and ProbeMasters. We will also include some tips on building the robot and help with brainstorming strategy. The agenda is similar to the coaches’ session, but geared toward team members (9-13 years old).

This session will begin with an overview of the Project, including discussion of this year's Challenge. Two or three experienced FLL Coaches will share their tips and tricks for a successful Project. They will share examples of their Project efforts last year, recognized as highly impressive at the State Tournament or in qualifiers. The coaches will discuss their philosophy and approach to brainstorming, sharing ideas, presenting the project and competition day. All coaches and team parents are welcome, and encouraged to bring plenty of questions for this panel!