• Coach Katie

Geeks Hit the Road for Odometry Workshop

On July 25, 2020 four members of the Guthrie Geeks travelled to the Somerset, Pennsylvania region for a special odometry workshop hosted by the FIRST Tech Challenge team Robotic Doges.

The half-day event featured live demonstrations of odometry incorporated into competition robots, presentations on evaluating hardware alternatives, and resources to get started programming with odometry for autonomous operation.  The Robotic Doges set aside a generous amount of Q&A time for each of these odometry areas.

The Guthrie Geeks were one of at least five other teams at the workshop.  Clearly, many teams are looking toward sensors like odometry to advance their skills and improve their performance during the 2020-2021 season.

Workshops like the one hosted by the Robotic Doges exemplify the cooperative nature of FIRST robotics.  While odometry was part of their competitive advantage in previous seasons, the culture of FIRST Robotics is one that leads teams like the Robotic Doges to also emphasize mutual support and collective advancement among all teams.

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