Extensive resources are available to support coaches, mentors and teams. In addition to the material here, we recommend you check the official FIRST® Headquarters website in the USA frequently for updates to this year's challenge.
Special Ops Missions
To focus teams on key tasks and support development of core life skills – team members are issued with Special Ops Missions throughout the season. These missions align to specific team roles, linking directly with industry real-world scenarios and workplace skills needs.
Project Manager Mission
Teams should set realistic deadlines at the start of the season and allow one to two sessions to achieve each block. Milestones should influence meeting agendas and be updated after each session. Keep in mind that this is a road map, rather than a to-do list, and teams may add other milestones as they see fit.
FIRST® is about teamwork and collaboration – it is more than robots! Teams require numerous skill sets in order to be successful. Through role specialisation team members become well-versed in one area and knowledgeable in other areas. This assists teams to explore potential fields of study or work they may want to pursue in the future.
As a team brainstorms ideas they’ll need to agree a clear set of prioritised objectives. We advise teams to develop their ideas based on the Game Manual and Game Release video, before finalising their priorities. This poster should also be hung as a reminder for when they are spending too much time on non-priority items.
These flowcharts walk you through the design and build season step by step. They’re useful guides if teams feel stuck or get sidetracked.
Teams should regularly refer to the official Game Manuals, especially at the start of the season to learn game rules, robot restrictions, award qualifications and much more. These manuals are updated occasionally by FIRST®, so we urge you regularly check the Rover Ruckus Game & Season Materials page recently for the most up-to-date versions.
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Engineering Notebook Guidelines
Teams receive an Engineering Notebook (EN) binder to collate notes from team meetings and document progress under designated sections. Guidelines include more details on how to maintain the EN and qualify for awards.
Control System Guide
The Mentor Guide provides details and guidance to the team’s head Mentor. We recommend referring to this guide on a regular basis to ensure you are providing the right advice to your team. Remember: you are there as a facilitator and it is important for the team to solve problems and make decisions.
Sample Team Budget
This sample budget gives indication of some of the items teams may wish to consider during the season. During an early team meeting members should discuss a realistic budget for team needs. The team’s Financial Officer will be responsible for tracking expenditure and proposing fundraising initiatives to support the team’s expenses.
The REV Basic Bot Guide will assist teams in building their drivetrains (every team’s number one priority), while the REV Expansion Hub Guide walks through steps to connect phones to robot. The FTC Blocks Programming Training Manual allows teams to configure and programme the control system. We advise that teams use these resources only when they have tried utilising other means (eg, trial and error, watching videos, conducting research) and have been unable to find the “answers.”