Somewhat random thoughts on programming, photography and volunteering at FIRST events.

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  • 2023 FIRST World Championships

    Back in April I volunteered at the FIRST Championship in Houston. 192 FIRST Tech Challenge teams were competing. There were four division and eight playing fields. Add in hundreds of FLL and FRC teams also competing and there were many thousands of kids.

  • BC FTC Ultimate Goal Kickoff

    Yesterday we held a virtual kickoff event for the FIRST Tech Challenge Ultimate Goal season in British Columbia.

  • Distributed Computing for COVID-19

    I ran across an article Fold for COVID which got me thinking about the old hardware I have literally just lying around. I thought maybe I could put it to use and so far so good. This is a form of community distributed computing where you allocate some of your computer resources to working on…

  • FTC Vancouver Kickoff

    FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) had a kickoff event September 21 2019 for the SKYSTONE game in Vancouver. There was a good turnout and we have lots of new teams in Vancouver. I was there to help set up and demonstrate the Rev Control Hub, a new robot controller for FTC.

  • BC FTC Championships

    The BC FIRST Tech Challenge robotics tournament was held February 17 2018 at St. Michaels University School in Victoria BC. 20 teams from British Columbia, Alberta, and Washington State participated.

  • BC FTC League 2 Event

    On January 24, BC held it’s second FTC League event at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria BC. Ten teams from BC and two from Washington State participated. I volunteered as the Field Technical Advisor.

  • Washington State Pasteur Interleague event

    Yesterday December 16 I was with the FIX IT 3491 team in Washington State to attend the FTC Pasteur Interleague event. 35 FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams competed. FIX IT did ok in the robot game, but wasn’t selected for any of the final alliances. But they did very well in the judged awards, winning…

  • FTC BC Robot League One Meet

    I’ve been busy lately with FIRST volunteering, most recently as Field Technical Advisor and Field Inspector at the BC FTC League One event held at UVIC November 19. Ten teams participated in a fun-filled afternoon of robot competition.  

  • How I lost 40+ pounds on the Slow-Carb Diet and The 4 Disciplines of Execution

    I used the slow-carb diet and the 4 Disciplines of Execution to lose over 40 pounds. I applied the 4 disciplines of execution to make the slow-carb diet easier to follow with less cheating on the diet and the ability to re-focus when things didn’t go well.

  • It was a good year in FIRST Robotics

    I have been very busy this past year with FIRST.  The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills. In addition to looking after the FIRST BC website, I’ve been volunteering at FIRST events and supporting…