Resources for FTC Teams

PTC Extra CAD Library for FTC

Our Extra Parts CAD Library is available for use by other teams. This library includes many of the parts we have created or rebuilt for use in building our robot entirely in CAD and for shaping the plastic pieces that we designed.

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Get Over It - Challenge Information Video

We do a lot of demonstrations of our robot throughout the year. One of the difficulties in doing them is telling the audience about the challenge for the year. 

We created a video that shows the challenge. It is partly from the FTC kickoff video, and partly from videos that we have taken at some qualifying tournaments.  Read more »

RobotC Programs

 The following files are the RobotC programs from the Techno Guards robots for the past three years.

You are welcome to review these files to see what we did.

Build your own Alice!

The Techno Guards built their robot (Alice) for the 2010-2011 season completely in PTC's Pro/Engineer 5 CAD software.

They are offering the complete file for anyone that is interested and has Pro/E.

You can download the CAD Backup file from the files attached to this story! Read more »

Scouting Sheets for Get Over It World Tournament

The Techno Guards again put together their scouting sheets for the world tournament and are happy to offer them for other teams to use.

They are attached as PDFs below, feel free to use them or modify them to your hearts content! Read more »

Revised Joystick Driver for RobotC

Summary: adds element "joystick.Connected" to the joystick control structure 

The Techno Guards use RobotC to program their robots. 

One of the issues that we noted in the way that RobotC handles joystick communication is that there's no notification if communication is lost.  To that end, we initially tried to watch the received message counter in the main program and decided that wasn't working well. Read more »

Presentation Keynote File

We do a lot of presentations!

We use a lot of stuff to make sure that the presentations go well -- one of the main things is a presentation program - most people use powerpoint, but we've got lots of Apple computers on our team, and a couple iPads too... so we created a Keynote presentation that basically explains the parts of FIRST that we're involved in that runs on an iPad. Read more »

FLL to FTC Video

 FIRST asked for some 15 second video clips from students that moved to FTC from FLL.  

They were looking for something that completed the thought: "I was in FLL and now I'm doing FTC!  I recommend you move up to FTC too, because..."

Karl had some ideas and put a couple of them together.  We've attached them to this story below!


Techno Guards offer online Engineering Notebook for all FTC teams!

The Techno Guards were asked to do a talk at the Get Over It! Kick-Off event about the Engineering Notebook. 

Since our notebook is stored and handled entirely online on our website, we decided that just talking about it wasn't what we wanted to do... So we took the notebook portion of our site (this site -- but only team members can see it) and put it into a separate website for use by any FTC team anywhere. We  set up the site so that there is complete privacy for each team. Read more »

Thinking of starting an FTC team?

We happen to think that FTC is an awesome program! With its small team size (10 member maximum) and longer build season, FTC gives team members the opportunities to really learn and enjoy the engineering process.

Our robots may be smaller than FRC bots, but what we lack in size we more than make up in sophistication! Read more »