Lauren, from FIRST Team 1540, sent in this update:
This year’s challenge presents the opportunity to build robots to participate in a real-life sport—a design that I believe epitomizes the increasing sophistication of robots and advancement of technology.” –Lauren W., Junior
“I like the sport of basketball, and that we get to design and build robots to play this human sport. I like how FIRST incorporated the teamwork aspect at the end of the game.” – Anne G., Junior
- Have a rock-solid drive train that can withstand multiple tests, so that no matter what happens the robot can still drive.
- Be able to move the ball around quickly.
- Having two alliance robots balancing, and balancing with the opposing team.
Strategies to avoid:
- Don’t expect the other teams to part like the Red Sea for you.
- Be wary of that and design your robot for agility, just like the real sport of basketball requires.
Hardest part we foresee: having consistent design, being able to shoot accurately under pressure.