2017 Robotics Practice Field
The CMU/Girls of Steel Practice Field has been updated for the 2017 FIRST STEAMWORKS game. We are grateful for the help of the following parents and mentors who volunteered to build the field for us: Loretta Laird, John Powell, Andy Hartman, Archana Bandi, Joel Burnett, Linda Hartman, David Hilko, Mark Jablonowski, Senthil Jagadeesan, George Kantor, Diane Northam, Patti Rote, Satya Rao, Weyman Trichel, Joe Trost, Mark Turcsanyi, Andreas Vogt, Chuck Whittaker, Dana Wettergreen & Greg Young!
Click on the image below for access to the Arena section of the Game Manual.
FRC Team 3504 and Carnegie Mellon University’s
National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
The Girls of Steel Regional Practice Field
Open to all FRC teams starting on February 18, 2017. Contact us at GirlsofSteelRobotics@gmail.com if you have any questions about the space and to sign up.
Location: NREC, 10 40th Street. Pittsburgh PA 15201
NREC is a secure CMU facility with a guard on duty 24/7. When you arrive at the gate follow these instructions:
- Pull up to the intercom phone at the left of the gate. Use the phone to call the security guard (press 0-0-1). Tell the guard you are visiting the Girls of Steel practice field.
- When the security guard opens the gate, drive in and park in any available parking space. The GoS entrance is around left side of the building toward the back, and there are plenty of parking spaces near the entrance.
- The entrance will be marked with the GoS sign. Please use the doorbell to be let in.
- The practice field is on the second floor and there is no elevator in that our part of the building. If you have something that cannot easily be carried up the stairs (such as an FRC robot), tell a GoS mentor. They will help sign you in at the Main Entrance to use the elevator in the front of the building.
- GoS Mentor phone numbers: Tom Pope 412-877-3641, Patti Rote 412-576-9742, Terry Richards 412-215-4466, Joe Jackson 412-983-5580 George Kantor 412-867-8665
The 2017 location is at NREC 10 40th Street Pittsburgh PA 15201. Map.
FIRST LEGO League Demo Day
Photos are available here.
January 4, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11 am to 4 pm
More Week Zero photos are available here. We’d like to thank the following teams for joining us: FRC 291, 1708, 2656, 3260, 3954, 3955, 4027, 4049, 4150, 4467, 4991, and 5749. We also hosted a FIRST Ladies meet up with girls from FRC 291 and 3260.
FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage
October 29, 2016
FIRST LEGO League Teams 2641, 4212, & 18137
Meetings August 27, 2016 through January 18, 2017
FIRST LEGO League Skills Summer Camp
August 8-12, 2016
Robotics Feiyue Practice
August 4, 2016
Other Robotics Feiyue pictures are available here.
FIRST LEGO League Junior Demo Day
May 26, 2016
Post-Season FRC Scrimmage
Saturday, April 16, 2016
The 5th annual post-season scrimmage was held on 4/16/16 from 11 am to 5 pm. Member of 8 FRC teams attended and had a great time. We would like to thank our co-host SHARP FRC 3260, and members of FRC 117, FRC 1708, FRC 2656, FRC 4150, FRC 4467, and FRC 5740 for joining us.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Registration will be available soon!
Week Zero Scrimmage was Saturday, February 20, 2016. Nine FRC team joined us at the practice field: 117, 1708, 2641, 2656, 3260, 3954, 3955, 4150, & 4467.
Teams at Week Zero at the CMU/Girls of Steel Practice Field at NREC.
The last event at the former practice field located at 2515 Liberty Avenue was the End of Preseason Project Competition and Holiday Party Open House on Saturday, December 19th.
End of Preseason Project Competition with SHARP FRC 3260 and Steel Dragons FRC 117. 12/19/15
We hosted a FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage, 10/31/15.
FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage October 31, 2015
We hosted the FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Kickoff and Core Values event, 9/12/15.
FIRST LEGO League Kick Off September 12, 2015
Here is the link to the 2016-2017 CMU Guest Understanding and Release form.
In 2012 and 2013, we were able to build a full scale practice field. The practice field was open to all 30 teams in our region and provided tools, safety, mentors, and snacks. Each year we strive to offer a space for teams not only as place to practice, but also a forum for collaborating and solving challenges. For the third year, 2014, the Aerial Assist practice field was in the Strip District. Parking was available nearby. On the final Saturday before Bag and Tag – February 15, 2014, we hosted a “Week Zero” event for FRC teams. Activities included lots of robot testing, scouting, and a few matches. We also co-hosted a scrimmage for area FRC teams on April 12, 2014 as well as four FLL events in addition to holding FLL team meetings at the field space: a Research Symposium in March 2014, FLL skills camp in August 2014, FLL Kickoff and FLL Core Values events in September 2014.
For 2015, the CMU/Girls of Steel Practice was at the same location in the Strip District – 2515 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15222. Our two FLL teams, 2641 and 4212, held meetings at the practice field from August through December 2015. On the final Saturday before Bag and Tag – February 14, 2015, we hosted a “Week Zero” event for FRC teams. Activities included lots of robot testing, scouting, and a few matches. We also co-hosted a scrimmage for area FRC teams on April 11, 2015 as well as hosted FLL events such as the FLL skills camp in August 2015 and the FLL Kickoff in September 2015, along with the Robotics Petting Zoo Makeathon also in September. We also hosted the End of Preseason Project competition and Holiday Open house in December. Details about events are also described below.
The 2016 season is our 5th year having the FRC practice field space, which is now located at CMU’s NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center) building. We will be hosting the FRC practice field space for the 2017 game, FIRST Steamworks.
A few of the past events at the practice field
On May 8, 2014 we welcomed students from Israel and the Pittsburgh area for a “Meet and Greet” event at the practice field.
April 30, 2014 Mayor Bill Peduto at the practice field, meeting students from several robotics teams:
FTC 3900, FRC 2641, 3260, and 3504
A post-season scrimmage was hosted for area FRC teams on April 12, 2014.
2014-2015 Events at the Practice Field
August 11-15, 2014 The Girls of Steel Community FIRST LEGO League summer camp.
The Girls of Steel Community FIRST LEGO League teams, FLL 2641 “Bricks, Sweat, and Gears” and FLL 4212 “First LEGO Legends” held their weekly team meetings at the practice field on Mondays from 6 to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 pm from August 23, 2014 through January 21, 2015.
On September 6, 2014, the first regional FIRST LEGO League kickoff was led by FLL 51 “Not the Droids You are Looking For” and hosted by Girls of Steel at the practice field with a total of 8 FLL teams.
On September 27, 2014, the first regional FIRST LEGO League Core Values event was led by FLL 51 “Not the Droids You are Looking For” and hosted by Girls of Steel at the practice field for 4 FLL teams.
The Week Zero Scrimmage was Saturday, February 14, 2015, 11 am to 4 pm. We would like to thank all the teams for coming: FRC 2656, 3260, 3955, 4031, and 4150. Pictures are available here.
The post-season Recycle Rush scrimmage with SHARP FRC 3260 was held on Saturday, April 11th, from 11 am to 5 pm.
2015-2016 Events at the Practice Field
Robotics Feiyue students held practices and a competition at the practice field July 29-31, 2015.
The 2nd annual FIRST LEGO League Skills camp was held August 10-14, 2015 with 25 students who came from as far away as Illinois and as near as Squirrel Hill.
The Girls of Steel Community FIRST LEGO League teams, FLL 2641 “Robotic Marvels” , FLL 4212 “Dot Dot Dot” , and FLL 18137 “The Green Gears” held their weekly team meetings at the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 pm from August 29, 2015 through January 13, 2016.
We hosted the FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Kickoff and Core Values event, 9/12/15.
Birdbrain Technologies “Robot Petting Zoo” Makeathon, September 26-27, 2015.
End of Preseason Project Competition with FRC 3260 SHARP and FRC 117 Steel Dragons, December 19, 2015.
Robotics Practice Field Guidelines