Allstars Robotics was started 7 years ago in the Evergreen area of San Jose by Madan Bellam, CEO of Allstars United Education Foundation. The Allstars United Soccer Club (click here for our soccer website), which is also part of the Allstars United organization has been active in Evergreen and Saratoga for many years and provides a high quality learning environment for children.
Madan Bellam, who has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has coached award winning robotics teams at Chaboya / Quimby Middle Schools, and Evergreen Valley High School.
Madan is Coaching the teams in the Allstars Coding / Robotics program to build strong skills in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Coding, and Oral / Written Presentations. Allstars United has invested over $200,000 to provide a state-of-the-art robotics program.
Anjali Jetti is the Vice President in charge of Robotics at Allstars and has grown the program into a world class program that enables students to excel in building and programming sophisticated robots!
We have First Lego League (FLL) and First Technical Challenge (FTC) teams that students can join to participate in National level competitions.
Madan is meeting with parents now to select students for this program. Schedule Parent Orientation
Registrations are open NOW as teams prepare for the 2023 Robotics Season!
1. FLL Challenge competition is for students in Grades 4 to 7. FTC is for students in Grades 7 to 12. A student in Grade 7 can chose to participate in FLL or FTC. Allstars recommends students, who don't have sufficient knowledge of robotics fundamentals, to first do FLL with Allstars. Sometimes students are able to do FLL and FTC in the same year with Allstars to accelerate their learning process.
2. Building a robot for FTC or FRC requires the use of complex mechanical parts. It also requires complex coding for the robot to figure out its location on the field.
3. Learning how to create complex mechanical movements
a. Stocking a number of FTC mechanical parts, for students to learn, is very expensive
b. Allstars STEM Academy stocks hundreds of Lego parts to provide students with an environment where complex mechanical movements can be created and learned.
4. Learning to Design a robot without first building the robot
a. As good FTC robots have a lot of complex parts and a number of custom designed parts, the students have to first CAD the robot and then order the pieces they need
b. CADing a robot that works mechanically when it is built physically is a complex process that requires a very good understanding of mechanical engineering parts
c. Students need a lot of practice CADing a robot, building it, and seeing what part of their CAD design DID NOT work.
d. Allstars STEM Academy helps students CAD with complex Lego parts and learn how to prepare for FTC CADing.
5. Learning to build a robot that knows where it is on the competition field
a. Both FLL and FTC require students to operate their robots on a set competition field. A large part of becoming successful in these competitions is for the robot to know at all times where it is in the field so that it can do missions with the on field elements.
b. Robots built with mechanical parts have a lot of consistency issues because of
i. the play in interconnected gears and wheels
ii. the varying friction between the field surface and the robot wheels
iii. the inertia that prevents a robot from stopping in time accurately when it is moving from place to place
iv. the weight and balance in the robot causing turns to be less accurate
v. contact with field elements (and other robots in FTC) causing the robot to be moved off course and shifting the robot position
c. Allstars STEM Academy teaches students at the FLL level how to build a robot and program it to help it move consistently in the competition field. A deep understanding a lot of these principles is necessary to do well at the FTC level.
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