At FalconCamps, middle and high school students students will learn about mechanical engineering and programming in the context of competitive robotics in an interactive and friendly environment. The camps culminate in a final project which will allow students to show off what they have learned.
Team 4099 is Poolesville High School’s FIRST Robotics team, based out of Poolesville, MD. Our school is consistently the top high school in Maryland and the top 100 in the country. We design, build, wire, and program robots to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Team members design and build these robots from scratch (robots consist of upwards of 300 custom-designed and machined parts, as well as over 10,000 lines of code written over the course of a 2-month build season). Team 4099 is teaching the same content that members master over the course of this build season -- let our competition robots speak for themselves.
FalconCamps consist of five online sessions, each two hours long, with a 4:1 camper to counselor ratio. Campers will work together on some parts of their projects to foster teamwork and to provide a fun learning environment. Lessons will be taught by experienced members of our team with the comprehensive content knowledge (mentors, subteam leads, and veteran members).
This session covers the basics of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and mechanical design thinking. We take a look at the thought process behind robot mechanisms and some complex robot CAD. This all leads up into the final project — creating your own full mechanism!
This course covers the optimal usage and mathematical analysis of FRC hardware. In addition, we take a deeper dive into the more complex features of Onshape and FRC-specific tips and tricks. The final project is to fully CAD a robot subsystem from scratch!
This course covers the basics of Java, writing robot control code, code organization practices, and testing and debugging code. Campers will be able to test their code on Team 4099’s 2020 competition robot and watch it run!
This course covers PID tuning, closed loop control, motor characterization, basic trajectory following, integrating sensors into code, semi-autonomous robot control with sensors, and using NetworkTables.
Q: Who are the camp instructors?
Q. What happened to last year’s RoboCamps and how are FalconCamps different?
Q: What will a FalconCamps session look like?
Q: Who are FalconCamps meant for?
Q: My child has no experience with robotics, CAD, or programming. Can they still participate?
Q: I am interested in attending FalconCamps, but cost is an issue.
Q: I am a mentor on an FRC team, but want to learn more about design/programming through these camps. Can I sign up?
Q: What sets these camps apart from online resources and workshops put out by FIRST teams?