Pittsburgh FIRST

Robot Quick Build Sessions

The robot quick build session is designed to help rookie teams get a jumpstart on the build season – to go from a kit of parts to a “KitBot” – a very basic robot that will move in response to a human driver – but veteran teams can use it as a way to train their rookie members.

Notes for Teams Attending the 2017 Robot Quick Build Session – Greater Pittsburgh Kickoff

Pre-registration is required. Contact us if your team would like to participate in this year’s quick build session. Thanks!

Software Updates: Check to make sure that you have the latest updates. In the past, LabVIEW updates were 4+ GB and could take an hour to download, and so were best done in advance. More details will be available the week of Kickoff.

You will need your Kit of Parts (KoP) for the afternoon Robot Quick Build Session. When you pick it up, you can take it directly to the RQB room. (You’ll receive info at Kit Distribution.)

Bring Safety Glasses for team members and mentors.

Also check recent email blasts and blogs from the firstinspires.org website.

The following info is from the 2016 Kickoff, but is expected to be similar for 2017. Stay tuned for updates.


  • Computer to use as Drive Station (can also be used for programming) (with LabVIEW removed)
  • Joysticks (1 required, 2 recommended)
  • 2 Quick disconnects for 10-12awg wire for each new motor controller (4 needed for rookies)
  • Electronic components for Veteran Teams
    • PDP: Voltage Regulator Module
    • VRM: Voltage Regulator Module
    • roboRIO
    • PCM (not necessary)
    • Speed Controllers (2 required, 4 recommended)
  • Electronic components for rookie Teams: Speed Controllers (0 required, 2 recommended) (2 Victor SP’s included in Rookie Kit)
  • Battery mount (not necessary and rookie kit includes one)
    • Plywood scraps
    • 10 Wood screws (2” long)

Veteran Teams: remember you need to bring 2 of your own motor speed controllers.  If they happen to already have connectors on them (Powerpoles, or quick disconnects) please bring matching mate sets to attach to your 2 CIM motors.  If they are new we are going to use simple wire nuts for the RQB as a minimum viable prototype to get you up and running as quickly as possible.  Note: these are not suitable for FRC competition. So you will need to change them out to you connector of choice back in your shop.


[…2016-specific info deleted…]


Tools List

Chassis Team:

  • 3/16” allen wrenches (2), preferably a T-handle, screwdriver type, or loop/wire handle for fast turning
  • Cordless drill w/ 3/16” allen wrench bit is a plus !
  • 7/16” combination wrench
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Marking pencil/pen/marker
  • Flat head and Phillips screwdrivers
  • Chain break for 3/8” chain (Note:  teams can borrow this from another team if needed)

Electronics Team:

  • Wire strippers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire crimpers – a good set with handles at least 7” long; this is a must investment for good connections
  • Phillips screwdriver ( #2)
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Wago flat screwdriver (supplied in FIRST kit)
  • 3/8” combination wrench
  • 10mm combination wrench
  • Tape measure
  • 7/16” combination wrench
  • Cordless drill small drill be set up to 3/8”

Pre-registration is required. Contact us if your team would like to participate in this year’s quick build session.