Delta ModTech

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Host: Delta ModTech


Join the welcome session for networking and trivia.

9:00–9:30 A.M. CT

Welcome to JUMPSTART

Todd Kruse, Delta ModTech Electrical Engineer, Lead FIRST® Mentor with 7068, 8516 & 4607

Join us for an Live stream of automation at Delta ModTech, live machine demonstrations and shop floor walk thru, an overview of Delta ModTech with second generation owner Wendy Stromberg. Interview with FIRST® Alumni and current Delta intern.


Round 1 Breakout Sessions

Improved 3D Printing By Better Understanding The Technology

While 3D printing is a true disruptive technology, it has unique characteristics and limitations that must be understood and respected to produce the best possible parts. In this session we will discuss the 3D printing process from CAD, to slicing, to print orientation, so students can make appropriate choices for the strength and appearance of their parts.


Manipulators Part 2

Looking deeper into the abyss of past FRC games, Mark Durand will showcase what manipulators have been used. (Focus on Field Element Manipulators)

Mark Durand (3023)

Engineering Note Book

So while the Engineering Notebook can have a bad reputation for being everyone’s least favorite homework assignment – remember this: The team members and the robot can prepare as much as possible for tournament day. But we all know, something will inevitably go wrong on tournament day.

Christine Altenhofen-Sonner

Safety Essentials!

This session will cover several aspects of team safety, specifically geared toward safety captains and safety enthusiasts in general! From COVID preparation plans to kit materials to creating an engaging safety culture, this presentation will help prepare your team for the season ahead! Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ONrh8ZMRsKSBzF8JE5Naw-CvswCPSlryA88UhjBy1IU/edit?usp=sharing


SWOT Analysis

Learn how this high-level strategic planning tool can help your team. Reflective analysis and predictive planning are key components to this system.



Round 2 Breakout Sessions

Electrical Panel 101

You need to build a robot. Therefore you need to know electrical: Energy Budget, Components, Wiring. Learn how to do this the correct way.


Intro to Custom Vision Processing for FRC

Want to get into custom vision processing solutions, but don’t know where to start? Create your team’s custom solution. We’ll introduce the basic hardware required, and provide guidance for getting started in OpenCV, a python library for vision used by workforce professionals. We’ll also discuss how to use NetworkTables in vision and different styles of detection, providing real time, accurate data for your drivers and code.


Unit Testing for Robot Programs

Unit testing is often overlooked by FRC teams, leading to bugs and less maintainable code. This session will provide an introduction to unit testing and teach participants how to write unit tests for common components of a Java command based robot program, including Commands and Subsystems. In addition, participants will also learn how to integrate unit tests with GitHub Actions, run unit tests in VSCode, and create mock objects.


Captaining Basics!

We will cover several key practices to set captains, from first-years to veterans, on a successful course for the season. We'll also discuss strategies for planning, productive co-leadership, and documentation. All based on past experience, these tips will help captains of every type organize themselves and discover different approaches to leadership! Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18LjZNZDNNQJQUjCuYqICFtEY4tYZSPlnYJFCRFTlRyk/edit?usp=sharing


Media Technology

Team members from 4607's Media Department will be sharing tips and tricks that they have honed over time. The team will also share the technology (cameras, mics, laptops, etc) that they use to capture moments.



Round 3 Breakout Sessions

Java Programming

Don't know where to start with FRC Java? Join this session to learn how to get setup and write your first FRC Java program. Using Java as example for implementing new IDE, Visual Studio Code. FRC Java 101, setup of libraries. Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xosd_SDsjJmkPZIPfctGIvyY-0aStmKI8tGISZd1j8E/edit?usp=sharing


CTRE Motion Magic

Using Cross the Road Electronic motor controllers learn how to use the Motion Magic motion profile mode.

Corey Applegate(3244)

Spreadsheet Math

The often joked about, overlooked, super-powered, light weight tool... the spreadsheet! For most of your math and engineering calculation needs don't make another sheet of chicken scratch that you're going to lose, use a spreadsheet. Wow your boss, maybe a friend, occasionally no one with the tool that makes the world work. Great for finances, math homework, rocket trajectories, gear sizing, engineering calculations, and as a to-do list.


Leveraging your FIRST Experience

Learn about making the most of your FIRST experience team 2502 .



Learn how Failure Mode/Effects Analyis from the team that redefined their season. FRC 4607 and their FMEA Mentor will showcase how to create a process that will make yoru robot better through the season.