Arriving late to the kickoff, I found my team already there. We were huddled together in our yellow shirts, almost as if in an attempt to ward off the cold of the morning—despite the event being held indoors.
Shrugging this isolation off, we piled into the auditorium along with the other teams and awaited the main attraction. When the title “Ultimate Ascent” and the towers came onscreen, the whole audience was alive with a combination of groaning and cheering, laughter also ringing out as we saw the Ruh-Ro bot and its allies drive around in the animation.
After the event was over and we got back to our school, the rules were dissected and our thoughts about the upcoming weeks were shared. “Trying to avoid all the different fouls will be hard…” said one senior, another senior talking about his liking for “…how the challenge features a strong, non-traditional (climbing) robot type this year.” When Frisbees were brought up, our team was bubbling with enthusiasm: “…It has a strong tie to traditional sports…I really like the human involvement in the last 30 seconds of the game…shooting discs is really awesome.” Laughing at these responses, a mentor added that “…it will be like we’re all in a zoo… everyone standing behind a net.”
Our team is super excited to try something new this year, and we can’t wait to see the other competitors in Portland.
Kickoff was an exciting event for both the veterans and the new team members. Team rookie Alex V. described Kickoff as short, entertaining, and informative. A veteran and team captain, Abner V., described it as suspenseful, energetic, and that he was eager to start the season. Another veteran and team captain, Sarah W. described the video as concise, the classes helpful, and the field replica useful. Mentor Don W. enjoyed the atmosphere of the teams, which he said was positive and upbeat.
Alex, Abner, and Sarah agreed that the part they liked most about the game was climbing. Don and Alex liked Frisbee shooting.
Once again, the team members agreed that the hardest part about the game is getting the robot to climb the pyramid. Don mentioned that the hardest part will be cooperating with other teams and communicating within our own team.
Abner’s strategy is to focus on quickly launching the frisbees, saving the last 45 seconds for climbing. If something happens to the robot, it would switch to being on the defensive. Sarah’s strategies include having vision processing in programming, changing the drive train, and trying for autonomous. Don’s strategies are focused on time management for each match.
So a little bit about the kick off; I (Emma) myself did not go as I was traveling but I had a talk with the team members who did go and it sounded like it was a blast. They liked the challenge, perhaps a bit surprised at how challenging it was but they appreciated the different distinct aspects of the problem. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge, more challenging than I thought, but we didn’t sign up for something easy. We’ll have a lot of fun with this one.” said one teammate. Definitely the hardest part will be climbing the pyramid. But the team is optimistic and is prolifically producing ideas, but we all know it will be hard to make all the pieces come together. The one strategy we want to avoid is doing nothing, that won’t do at all. But beyond that we don’t want to aim for the low goals and we refuse to not climb the pyramid, we must at least attempt it. Over all it sounds like the kick off was a great start to this season.
It’s FRC Team 4057 here reporting on Kickoff!
We are entering our second season as Team 4057. Because of road conditions we had to stay close to home and host our own kickoff. The team arrived at 6:30am to get ready for the broadcast and fill up on donuts. Once the game was revealed the first order of business was to make copies of the game manual. While those were printing, the team watched the game animation over and over again. With manuals at each department leads table, Team 4057 sat down to read the manual page by page. (we learned from the best,TEAM PHRED, no discussion of any robot until rules, penalties, strategies etc are understood)
While the team was busy understanding the game, Kyle H. (newest mentor for the team) was heading south from Corvallis with our KOP. The only comments the team really had were “looks fun” and “let’s get to work”!