Here's some more information from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:
One of the many fun things that happens at the FIRST Championship is the opportunity to talk directly with teams and get their input… on everything. Last year, we had the pleasure of being invited to a meeting with Team 1983 about a tool they discovered that helped them play effectively and competitively. They wanted to share this tool with the rest of the FRC community, so they worked with the company that makes the tool, introduced them to FIRST, and as a result, got that tool in the 2014 Kit of Parts.
Thanks to these efforts, all teams that have at least registered and signed up for at least one event (i.e. the team number you see in TIMS is no more than four digits) will get five copies of Tableau Desktop Professional in their 2014 Kit of Parts to help parse and view data. Tableau Desktop is based on technology from Stanford University that lets you drag & drop to analyze data. You can connect to data, then visualize and create interactive dashboards. It’s in the Virtual Kit and the license key will be posted in your team’s TIMS account by 5pm Eastern time… today! This will allow you to download and register the software, familiarize yourself it, watch some training videos developed specifically for FRC, and try it yourself… all before the season kicks off.
Thank you to Tableau and Team 1983!
Change of Date: December FRC Ask an Expert Call
Please note that the date for the December Ask an Expert Call has changed from Wednesday, December 4th to Wednesday, December 18th at 7-8 PM (ET). This call will be hosted on Google+ Hangouts on Air. The link to view will be posted on the FRC Facebook Page and Twitter 30 minutes prior to the start of the call (6:30 PM, ET).
This Ask an Expert Call will be hosted by Renee Becker, FIRST VISTA. This will be an introduction to the FIRST Fundraising Tool. The agenda will be posted here: http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/fsm_training_calls