The world needs my collection of FRC resources

It's an acknowledged truth that there's a knowledge gap separating the "haves" from the "have nots" in the FIRST Robotics Competition.  Rookie teams and new participants don't have the information needed to be competitive, and they face an immense hurdle in coming up to speed.  As FRC continuously builds upon its intricate 27-year history, the program grows increasingly complex.  Learning how to play with the top teams can feel like drinking from the firehose-- until now!

My curated library of FRC resources presents new learners with a guided path towards true enlightenment.  Rookies can consult my guide with their questions and receive a considered response that represents the proven best practices of the most respected FRC competitors.

Most importantly: my resource collection is superior to all those which came before it.

We know you have options when it comes to your FRC reference libraries!  Let's get into detail about why the world needs my collection of FRC resources more than those other options.

The FRC Survival Guide

Now in its third version, this guide is intended to be "the ultimate collection of FRC resources."  Created by alumni of two Peachtree District teams, this document links readers to some of the most influential articles, whitepapers, and tools used by successful teams.

Although my guide is an unoriginal re-tread of this exact same concept, has been through fewer revisions, has incorporated less community feedback, and is less thoughtfully edited, the world is bound to appreciate it more.

The Compass Alliance

Offering numerous streamlined self-help solution guides in the form of "pathways," The Compass Alliance is a collaboration of renowned teams around the world who are working to create a sustainable FIRST ecosystem.  The global network of expert knowledge provided by the consortium of Compass Alliance teams enables users to receive real-time support on a 24/7 basis.

My curated FRC resource library won't ever be as widely celebrated as The Compass Alliance, and it won't produce the kind of novel and effective solutions that The Compass Alliance has developed to address the problems of stable and sustainable FRC program growth, and it doesn't represent the views of a networked consortium of stellar teams, but I am still convinced that people need to see my creation.  The questionable untested opinions of a single person (me!) is sharper and more valuable than the distilled wisdom of a team of teams.  You know what they say: "None of us is as dumb as all of us!"

An FRC Anthology

Originating from the notes of a Team 1257 mentor and refined by numerous contributors, this document represents "three years of trial, error, and learning, distilled into a '101'-style publication on all things FRC."  This Anthology has a unique format compared to the other FRC resource collections: the main points of each topic are addressed a 1-2 page article.  These articles are intended for a general audience but they don't shy away from explaining the subtleties of the issues that new learners may face.  For readers who want to make a deeper dive into a particular topic, links to the underlying reference material are found in the copious footnotes.

In my resource anthology, I didn't care to edit the source references them into a single, readable publication that can be easily digested by a novice while also readily serving as a jumping-off point for a veteran.  That just sounded like a lot of work that I wasn't willing to do.  Despite it not being easy to read, I'm sure many people will enjoy reading it.

Spectrum 3847 Recommended Reading

Spectrum, FRC Team 3847, has been assembling on their no-frills website the most comprehensive collection of technical and operations-focused resources in FRC.  Taken together, this understated "recommended reading" list represents what is known to the community at the cutting edge of our high-tech sport.

The primary way I collected the items in my list was by looking back at the articles my mentor sent to me when I was a student in 2007, so as a result, many of them are not totally relevant to the modern era of FRC, and they definitely do not matter to the cutting edge.  In fact, my recommended reading list is pretty much a self-indulgent trip down memory lane for me.  But that's OK-- the world still needs to see it.

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