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Picasts is a podcast discussing variousPicasts by The Fighting Pi robotics topics for the FIRST community. On each show, we discuss a different robotics topic and interview a different special guest who specialize in the topic. You can subscribe to our podcast on Google Reader or any RSS Feed Reader by entering this page's URL into it and clicking "Subscribe". You can search for Picasts by The Fighting Pi on iTunes and give us an honest rating as well. We also will read listener mail and answer any questions you may have. Write to us with listener mail or podcast suggestions on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at team1718@gmail.com.
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"Picasts" are hosted by Steven S. and Brendan M. with other special appearances.

Being a FIRST M.C. (ft. Zach Orr, 2337)

12:50 - 12.0 MB  

Being a FIRST M.C. (ft. Zach Orr, 2337)

    In our 19th show, kicking off PICASTS: SEASON TWO, we interview Zachary "Salmon Pants" Orr, a FIRST M.C. with "flying kicks that could kill" and an alum from Team 2337 - The EngiNERDS, live from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. We ask Zach about what it's like to be a FIRST M.C., how he and other M.C.'s can keep the energy up for 8+ hours, and how his "side project" - FRC Megaphone - can help fans connect with their teams!

Live at St. Louis Part 3

33:59 - 31.8 MB  

Live at St. Louis: Part 3

    In our 18th show, live from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, we interview teams 467 - Shewsbury Robotics, 846 - The Funky Monkeys, 1208 - Metool Brigade, 1569 - Haywire Robotics, 2199 - RoboLions, 2486 - The CocoNuts, 3381 - Droid Rage, 4754 - RoBenedicts, and FTC 3113 - Some Disassembly Required live during the Michigan FRC State Championship and ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Katie and Makayla (467), Nikita (846), Sean (1208), Cristina and Whitney (1569), Andrew and Andrew (2199), Kidron (2486), Sawyerhase (3381), and Holden and Braden (FTC 3113) for being in the podcast!

Live at St. Louis Part 2

27:21 - 25.7 MB  

Live at St. Louis: Part 2

    In our 17th show, live from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, we interview teams 862 - Lightning Robotics, 2068 - The Metal Jackets, 2199 - RoboLions, 2851 - Crevolution, and 4462 - The Full Metal Jackets and ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Ryan and Daniel (862), Rin and Matthew (2068), KC and Abi (2199), Logan (2851), and Michael (4462) for being in the podcast!


Live at St. Louis Part 1

30:25 - 28.5 MB  

Live at St. Louis: Part 1

    In our 16th show, live from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, we interview teams 1086 - Blue Cheese, 1329 - The RoboRebels, 1902 - Exploding Bacon, 2252 - The Mavericks, 3528 - Up Next, and 3802 - RoboPOP to ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Josh (1086), Luke the Volunteer (1329), Hannah, Chandra, and Sarah (1902), John and Steven (2252), Cullin and Zane (3528), Josh (3802), and the glorious singers from 4586 - Primo for being in the podcast!


How to Scout FRC Competitions (ft. Jim Zondag and Issac Rife, 33)

1:00:58 - 56.5 MB  

How to Scout FRC Competitions (ft. Jim Zondag and Issac Rife, 33)

    Our 15th show features a Michigan State Championship seminar hosted by Jim Zondag and Issac Rife of Team 33 - The Killer Bees. A topic everyone loves to hate but is a vital part of FIRST Robotics Competitions, this seminar will explain how to create metrics for scouting and scouting effectively at competitions. Pick lists, weighting, and evaluating potential partners will also be discussed.

This seminar features a visual presentation that cannot be seen from the audio only podcast. You can follow along with the Powerpoint or watch the full video on YouTube.


Effective Mechanisms for FIRST (ft. Paul Copioli, 217)

46:38 - 43.3 MB  

Effective Mechanisms for FIRST (ft. Paul Copioli, 217)

    Our 14th show features a Michigan State Championship seminar hosted by Paul Copioli of Team 217 - The Thunder Chickens. This session will cover the specific calculations and elements of the design process that lead to making appropriately sized mechanisms as well as focusing on real FRC design examples from common drivetrain, arm, and mechanism designs.

This seminar features a visual presentation that cannot be seen from the audio only podcast. You can follow along with the Powerpoint and Excel Spreadsheet Tool or watch the full video on YouTube.


One Good Turn Deserves Another (ft. Chris Hibner, 51)

27:24 - 25.7 MB  

One Good Turn Deserves Another (ft. Chris Hibner, 51)

    Our 13th show features a Michigan State Championship seminar hosted by Chris Hibner of Team 51 - Wings of Fire. Here, you can learn all about the dynamics of turning and how to make sure you have a drivetrain that handles smoothly while out on the field.

This seminar features a visual presentation that cannot be seen from the audio only podcast. You can follow along with the Powerpoint or watch the full video on YouTube.


QFD: Quality Function Deployment (ft. Ron Weber, 3641)

45:05 - 41.9 MB  

QFD: Quality Function Deployment (ft. Ron Weber, 3641)

    Our 12th show features a Michigan State Championship seminar hosted by Ron Weber of Team 3641 - The Flying Toasters. This seminar covers Quality Function Deployment, a tool professional engineers use when evaluating and designing a system. QFD will help teams to ascertain critical design needs and wants in a measurable manner.

This seminar features a visual presentation that cannot be seen from the audio only podcast. You can follow along with the Powerpoint or watch the full video on YouTube.


The Business of FIRST (ft. Michael Graham, 1718)

58:10 - 53.9 MB  

The Business of FIRST (ft. Michael Graham, 1718)

    Our 11th show features a Michigan State Championship seminar hosted by one of our very own alumni, beloved former Business Captian Michael Graham. This presentation will cover different methods to raise funds and ways to woo sponsors to invest in your team. In addition, we will cover the Chairman's Award and how to maintain outreach programs.

This seminar features a visual presentation that cannot be seen from the audio only podcast. You can follow along with the Powerpoint or watch the full video on YouTube.


Live Interviews at the Michigan State Championship

24:09 - 11.0 MB  

Live Interviews at the Michigan State Championship

    In our 10th show, we interview teams 217 - The Thunder Chickens, 245 - The Adambots, 910 - The Foley Freeze, 1918 - NC Gears, 2145 - The HAZMATs, and 2959 - The Robotarians live during the Michigan FRC State Championship and ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Riley, Sanjana, and Manvir (217), Cameron (245), Diego and Zane (910), Jessica and Marley (1918), Cole (2145), and John and Ryan (2959) for being in the podcast!


On the Spot at Grand Blanc

10:46 - 4.93 MB  

On the Spot at Grand Blanc

    In our 9th show, we put people on the spot at the Grand Blanc District Competition by asking them questions at microphone-point. What will they say when asked to describe FIRST as an ice cream flavor? It's not every day that three robotics kids with microphones greet you with the phrase "Hey, can I ask you a question?"
Picasts by The Fighting Pi

22:14 - 12.1 MB  

Live Interviews at Grand Blanc

    In our 8th show, we interview teams 51 - Wings of Fire, 302 - The Dragons, 2145 - The HAZMATs, 3322 - Eagle Imperium, 3570 - Pheonix, and 4507 - The Tar-Bots live during the Grand Blanc District Competition and ask them about their robot, team, and more! Special thanks to Eddy (51), Jared (302), Holly (2145), Nico and Jacob (3322), Stone (3570), and Jay (4507) for being in the podcast! Also, thank you to the G-Force quartet from MSU for the great intro and singing!
Interview with a FIRST Judge - It's Like Talking to a Wahl (ft. Mr. Wahl)

14:52 - 6.80 MB  

Interview with a FIRST Judge - It's Like Talking to a Wahl (ft. Mr. Wahl)

    In our 7th show, we interview Mr. Wahl, a FIRST judge and volunteer extraordinaire. Mr. Wahl answers all of our questions about how to become a judge, what judges look for, and what teams should avoid when being considered for an award.
Live Interviews at Waterford

26:10 - 11.90 MB  

Live Interviews at Waterford

    In our 6th show, we interview teams 33 - The Killer Bees, 67 - H.O.T., 573 - Mech Warriors, 1701 - The Robocubs, 2612 - The Waterford Mott Destroyers (W.M.D.), and 3539 - The Byting Bulldogs live during the Waterford District Competition and ask them about their robots, outreach, and more! Special thanks to Jess (33), Gary (67), Robert and Mikayla (573), Bubba and Dylan (1701), Joe (2612), and David (3539) for being good sports for our podcast. We appreciate it!
2013 LabVIEW Beta Testing

13:40 - 6.26 MB  

2013 LabVIEW Beta Testing (ft. Michael P. and Alysa B.)

    In our 5th show, we talk about the 2013 term of National Instruments' LabVIEW Beta Testing. Michael P. and Alysa B., two members of our Beta Testing team, help us discuss the results of Beta Testing both for LabVIEW and for two new motor controllers - the Talon and the Victor 888. More information about our Beta Testing can be found here.
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17:52 - 8.18 MB  

A "Wheel" Good Podcast; Robot Locomotion

    In our 4th show, we talk about all types of wheels including Plaction, Mecanum, omni, and even spherical wheels. In addition, we talk about climbing robots, such as the Shrimp robot from EPFL, that combine walking legs with wheels to climb stairs. This one is "wheelie" good. Hur hur. (Section 3 of Principles of Robot Locomotion by Sven Bottcher does a great job of explaining all about wheels.)
Picasts by The Fighting Pi

13:14 - 6.06 MB  

Ultimate Ascent (ft. Zeke F.)

    In our 3rd show, we talk about the 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent, as well as new bumper rules, regulated motors, scoring, and more. SPOILER ALERT! A picture of our robot for this year can also be seen in the Game Manual in Figure 3-5a of Section 3.2.5.2 G23. Check it out!
Brainstorming (ft. Paul G., CAD Mentor)

11:04 - 5.06 MB  

Brainstorming (ft. Paul G., CAD Mentor)

    In our 2nd show, we introduce Paul G., a real, live, Italian engineer and CAD Mentor at 1718, and discuss the process of brainstorming and its importance in robot design.
Welcome to Picasts

2:20 - 1.07 MB  

Welcome to Picasts

    Welcome to our 1st show! Today, we will introduce ourselves and talk a little bit about how the show will be layed out in future podcasts.

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