2020-2021 Minnesota Coach Training Workshop

07/15/2020 - 07/16/2020

Event Code: RE-WORKSHOP-20-1673

Program: Workshops & Camps

Type of Event: Workshop

Capacity: 60 / Spots Open: 50%+

Max Registrations per Organization: 24

Registration Deadline: Wed, Jul 1, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

Price: FREE

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Refund Policy

The event is free, No refunds will be given for this event.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

It is July in Minnesota.  I hope it won't snow, but you never know.  If the event is cancelled for any reason, participats will be contacted via email ASAP. 


All volunteers are welcome. Contact Andrew Dahlen or Aaron Barker (see Contact Information on General Info tab for phone numbers and email addresses.)


Tentative Agenda - Ckeck back July 1st for the final schedule.

MN VEX Coach Workshop

Those attending the Coach Workshop are welcome to free lodging on Tuesday Night 7/14/2020 at the Parker Scout Castle.  Coaches can chek in after 5:00 PM on 7/14/2020.  Dinner may also be provided.  

Day 1- Wednesday July 15 Agenda

  • 7:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM – Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:30 AM – Dream It Do It Presentation
  • 8:35 AM -  Visual Edge Inc Presentation
  • 8:45 AM - VRC and IQ Game review
  • 9:45 AM – Small Group Discussions
    • Fundraising
    • Budget and Stipends
    • Coaching the season
    • Preparing your team for the tournament
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 12:30 PM - Large Group Presentation
    • Engineering Notebooks
    • Curriculum Resources & Helpful Resources
    • Leauge Play
    • Online Challenges
    • Tips for Building
    • VEXMN.com
  • 2:30 PM - Coaching for Behavoiral issues 
  • 3:30 PM - Open Discussion 
  • 5:30 Dinner 


Day 2- Thursday July 16 Agenda

  • 7:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM – Programming Breakout sections
    • VCS Programming – Andrew Dahlen Presenter - Room TBD
    • IQ Robot C Progamming – Aaorn Barker  Presenter - Room TBD
    • Both of these programming break-out sections will cover the basics of programming.  Topics will include:
      • Software installation
      • Firmware upgrades: Joystick, Cortex and Radio
      • Troubleshooting with the Debugging / Online windows
      • Joystick Control of robots
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 1:00 PM  - Using Sensors –
    • VCS Programming – Andrew Dahlen Presenter - Room TBD
    • IQ Robot C Progamming – Aaorn Barker  Presenter - Room TBD
    • Topics include:

      • Limit switches and buttons
      • Line Following
      • Potentiometer
      • Light Sensor
      • Encoders
  • 5:30 Dinner

People are invited to stay till Friday morning if they would like, or can depart Thursday night. 



Event Dates

Date: 07/15/2020 - 07/16/2020


21930 Paradise Dr N
21930 Paradise Drive North
Nisswa, Minnesota 56468
United States

Grade Level: All

Robot Skills Challenge Offered: No

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Andrew Dahlen
Title: MN VEX Robotics Coordinator
Email: andrew.dahlen@northlandcollege.edu
Phone: 218-791-4010
Event Day Phone: 218-791-4010

Secondary Contact
Aaron Barker
Title: MN VEX Robotics Coordinator
Email: ABarker@sctcc.edu
Phone: 320-493-2985
Event Day Phone: 320-493-2985

General Info

This training event is geared toward individuals interested in being a VEX Robotics Coach or those with experience coaching VEX Robotics teams. The primary goal of this workshop is to provide VEX Robotics Coaches the knowledge and resources to comfortably lead a team.

This event is being held at the Miller Castle on the Parker Scout Reservation in Nisswa MN.  This is an amazing facility and we are pleased to offer free lodging for those attending.  More details about the lodging and food service will be forthcoming.