First FRC Team 3042 Glossary
Alliance – Formed with another team during a competition.
AndyMark– A big supplier of equipment used on FIRST robots http://www.andymark.com .
Autonomous Mode – First 15 seconds when the robot controls itself.
AWG – American Wire Gauge. The high the number, the thinner the wire.
C-Channel – Aluminum structural component used on most robots.
CAD – Computer Aided Design. Examples are PTC Creo and Auto
Chassis (Chassi) – Frame of the robot (standard kit-bot chassis).
CIM Motor (CIMs) – Motor used on the robot for multiple purposed including the drive train.
cRIO – Compact Reprogrammable Input/Output, heart of the robot. Controls all of the robot.
Coopertition – Co-operative competition. Part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
D-Link – Name Brand WiFi router used for wireless control of the robot (Linksys, Cisco, etc...).
Drive Train – The part of the robot that allows it to move. Includes the wheels, motors and belts that are used to propel the robot.
Driver Station – Station where the robot is driven from. Typically contains Joystick controllers and computer.
FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Organization that runs FRC, FTC and FLL http://www.usfirst.org .
FLL – FIRST Lego League. (Grades 4 – 8)
FTC – FIRST Tech Challenge (Grades 7 – 12)
FRC – FIRST Robotics Competition (Grades 9 – 12)
Gearboxes – CIMple Box, Single Speed, Multi Speed.
Gracious Professionalism - Part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
Kit of Parts – The box of standard robot parts that all FRC teams receive at Kickoff.
Kickoff – The first Saturday of January on which teams receive the challenge and their kit of parts.
Jaguar(Jag) – Speed Controller. Takes instructions from the digital sidecar and regulates the output power that is sent to the motor.
Java – Programming language used to program the robot.
Limit Switch – opens or closes a connection when a movement of a mechanical apparatus pushes on it.
McMaster-Carr – Hardware parts http://www.mcmaster.com.
Plexiglass – Also known as PMMA. Lightweight alternative to glass.
Safety Light – Mechanical or Electronic switch.
Scouting – Yellow light mounted in a clearly visible location on each robot.
Servos – Analysis of other teams robot and game playing techniques.
Relay – A servomotor is a rotary actuator that allows for precise control of position.
Sidecar – The Digital Sidecar provides a connection from the cRIO controller to various I/O devices, Jaguar, etc...
Speed Control – Component that regulates motor output (see Jaguar).
Spikes – Electronic Relay – used to turn things on and off.
Tele-op Mode – When the Drives control the robot.
Threaded Rod – Used to move heavy loads smoothly along with a motor. Also known as a Linear Actuator.
Window Motor – Multi-directional motor that us used in automobiles to lower & raise passenger door window.
Wheels – Design includes choosing the best wheel. Each wheel has its Pros and Cons.