The 2019 Spartan Series is Coming!

Team 971, Spartan Robotics, is pleased to invite you to attend our third annual Spartan Series! On September 7th, from 10:00 am - 6:00pm at Mountain View High School, mentors and students of 971 will be hosting lectures with the goal of sharing knowledge 971 has accumulated to help your team succeed in FRC. We are so excited to have a full day of workshops, 15 new presentations, and most of all, have you attend!

The workshops are broken down into three categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Beginner is for people who have had no prior experience. Intermediate is for people who have participated in a season of FIRST. Advanced is for people who have previous knowledge on the subject. These categories are guidelines to help you get the most out of every workshop.

These are the presentations we are offering this year:


3D Printing: Effectively Utilizing the Markforged - Kayla Blalack

2019 Robot Overview: Tachyon - Sabina Davis & Rishon Shah

From Drawings to a Final Product: a Guide to FRC Manufacturing - Kseniia Staigun

FRC Storytelling Through Multimedia - Steve Silverman

It’s Not About the Robots Anymore…- David Mintz

How to Make Friends & Influence People: FRC Edition - Sabina Davis

Organization: Effective Purchasing a Secret to Success in FRC - Brian Silverman & Wyn Schuh

FRC Sustainability - Wyn Schuh & Finbarr Crispie

I’ll Take Outrageous Outreach for 100: Inventive Outreach and Your Team- Sarah Heimlich

The Secret Sauce: Your Story and How You Tell it- Megan Guttieri


Gear Ratios: Nuances & Effective Design - Nick Crispie

FRC Judging: Maximizing Time & Content - Kristin Weiss

Scouting & Strategy: Case Studies on 971’s Process - Alex Wieland

A CAD Style Guide by 971 - Travis Schuh

Controls 101: Making Robots Dance - Austin Schuh

Prototyping: Simple Principles to Complex Mechanisms - Nick Crispie

Intersection of Electronics, Programming, and Design - Brian Silverman

Breakdown, Brainstorm, Plan & Prototype: Foundations for Successful Robots- Bryan Culver

971’s Software Architecture: A Framework for Advanced Controls - Tyler Chatow

Creativity and Engineering - Aren Hill


Mechanical Design for Controllability - Travis Schuh

Control System Modeling - James Kuszmaul

The Physics and Math Behind Motor Controllers - Brian Silverman

Test Driven Development - Austin Schuh

You can check out the full descriptions at:

The workshop schedule is on the second page of the workshops list. Keep in mind that the workshops Design for Controllability and Test Driven Development are two sessions long. These workshops are normally the most popular.

This year, anyone who is interested in attending the Series is welcome. If there is something you would like to learn, come! If there is someone you want to meet, come! The Series will be a great event to learn, network, and push your limits. Just make sure to RSVP 12 by August 28th at:

Please share the google form directly with your team. We will do our best to publish every presentation that is new to the 2019 Series, but keep in mind there are 15 new presentations this year, so not all may be online.

New this year as well, we are open to having a moderated discussion about how other teams operate their leadership in comparison to each other and to what attendees learned at the Series. If you would be interested in participating, please note that when you RSVP. If there is low demand, we will not have this panel.

More information about directions, parking, and logistics will be sent closer to September 7th.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

We hope to see you there!