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FIRST Robotic Competition Orlando Regional

FIRST Robotic Competition Orlando Regional

2014

The varsity Sport for the Mind, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.


Show Episodes

Episode 347 - FIRST Robotics Competition, Orlando Regional

2014-03-14

This week, the team ventures to Orlando to cover the FIRST Robotics Competition Orlando Regional. They talk with members of:
FRC Team 79 - Krunch
FRC Team 2425 - Hydra
FRC Team 5276 - Edgar Allan Ohms
FRC Team 2383 - Ninjineers
FRC Team 21 - ComBBAT
FRC Team 4024 - Jokers
FRC Team 1902 - Exploding Bacon
FTC Team 7477 - Super 7

They also talk with:
Greg Hale - Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Terri Willingham - FIRST in Central Florida
Joel Croteau - AmeriCorps VISTA
Michael Holman - EA Sports

Greg Hale - Walt Disney Parks & Resorts - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and a member of the FIRST Robotics game design team. They discuss the founding of the FIRST organization, Disney's participation in the early days of the competition and why it is still incredibly important to the company. They also talk about the New Fantasyland at Disney World Orlando, the Disney Engineering YouTube channel and the Disney accelerator program. #omgrobots

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Jason Bernstein - Team 79 Krunch - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jason Bernstein, Vice President of FRC Team 79 - Krunch. They discuss the team's origins, early years and how this competition is going. They also talk about FIRST's offerings after high school. #omgrobots

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Ivy Bennett Ford - Team 2425 Hydra - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Ivy Bennett Ford, Vice President of FRC Team 2425 - Hydra, as well as the Hillsborough High School Robotics Club. They discuss the school's incredible focus on robotics, with 7 separate robotics teams, including 3 FTC teams, in addition to the FRC program. They also talk about FIRST's offerings after high school. #omgrobots

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Joel Croteau - Team 5276 Edgar Allan Ohms - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Joel Croteau, Mentor of FRC Team 5276 - Edgar Allan Ohms. They discuss the nation's first known public library-based FRC team, their rookie season and the challenges of a large group spread out over large distance. They also discuss Joel's other role within FIRST, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where he helps spread the FIRST program to low income schools. #omgrobots

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Nicholas DiMeo - Competition Reactions - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talks about his experiences with the FIRST organization over the past 6 months. Having not grown up with the program, most of the wonders of FIRST are completely new. FRC in particular can be overwhelming to the uninitiated, but he is able to handle it like a champ! #omgrobots

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Adam Behar - Team 2383 Ninjineers - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Adam Behar, Mascot of FRC Team 2383 - Ninjineers. They discuss how the Ninjineers helped out the PLuGHiTz crew at RoboCon, why team spirit and enthusiasm matter so much in the competition and some of the challenges the team has faced so far. #omgrobots

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Joseph Hoot Coachman - Team 21 ComBBAT - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Joseph Hoot Coachman, Team Member of FRC Team 21 - ComBBAT. They discuss some of the team's long-standing history, along with comparing the team number to other FRC teams in the competition. They also talk about Hoot's love for robotics, how he got started and the roles and responsibilities he has on the team. Finally, Hoot tells the crew about some of the crazier things he's seen in the competition so far. #omgrobots

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Griff Pattrock - Team 4024 Jokers - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Griff Pattrock, Captain of FRC Team 4024 - Jokers. They discuss the beginning of the team, including him, as a sophomore, being the oldest member of the rookie season, as well as how season 3, this year, has been compared to their first season. They also discuss how the build process differs when you do and do not have mentors and sponsors, as well as the decision process for building this season's robot for the game. #omgrobots

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F5 Live Competition Reactions - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology discuss their combined reactions to the competition, the game and the coverage so far. Drawing on 15+ years of reference material, Scott speaks about the differences between the game then and now, while Nicholas talks about the interesting differences between FRC and FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge). #omgrobots

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Michael Holman - Team 1902 Exploding Bacon - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Michael Holman, Mentor for FRC Team 1902 - Exploding Bacon and Electronic Arts employee. They discuss EA's participation in FIRST, including their sponsorship of his kids' team. They also talk about the team, its challenges and their odd and wonderful dedication to their brand, as well as the overall feeling of FIRST and why it is so important for the program to be well-funded and well-received. #omgrobots

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Terri Willingham - FIRST in Central Florida - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Terri Willingham, Regional Director of FIRST in Central Florida. They discuss her involvement in and the state of the FIRST program, both in Florida and worldwide. They also discuss how anyone who is interested in getting involved in the program can, whether an alumni or not. #omgrobots

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FTC Team 7477 Super 7 - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Nikhil Chittaluru and Varadha Anandakumar of FTC Team 7477 - Super 7. They discuss their experiences in FLL (FIRST Lego League), their transition to FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) and their reactions to FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). #omgrobots

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Interesting Stories from the Pits - Episode 27

2014-03-23

This week, Scott Ertz asks, "What is the most interesting thing you saw in the pits at the Orlando FIRST Robotics Competition Regional?" This question was inspired by Episode 347 of F5 Live.


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