We asked FIRST Teams what they thought of the game. Here is what FIRST Team 957 (South Albany & West Albany High Schools) the SWARM wrote:
Albany, Oregon’s FIRST team, SWARM, braved the crisp, early morning hours, and a few donuts, to attend this year’s kickoff at Oregon State University. Comprised of members of both South Albany High School and West Albany High School our team filled up a good row of the auditorium.
The challenge impressed many of us, with Ryan V, Programming Lead, noting “I feel as if it is “classic FIRST” — very well suited as a game for robot competitions” with Nehemiah E, Build Team, adding “I like how simple the rules are compared to the past games”. Similarly Olivia N notes “It doesn’t require us to be incredibly dependent on other bots, but we can help out whichever alliance teammates we get can…”
While the straight forward nature of the challenge was appreciated, there are valuable points in the end game. Noah O, Animation Team, felt the cooperative end game was one of the things they liked about the challenge. However – “We should attempt to score points from shooting hoops….”, Olivia N; “Avoid a bot that is incapable of scoring”, Ryan V “We need an offensive strategy”, Zack D, CAD Team. So we are definitely exploring shooting hoops.
The team considers several parts of this year’s challenge particularly hard, with balancing on the bridge mentioned most. Generally, the idea of designing a robot that is simple to build, but sophisticated enough to do the job is the most daunting. What is the hardest part of this year’s challenge? Olivia N answers, “Getting people to block off the paths of thinking that may be detrimental to our success.”
And, yes, many of us where thinking “Basketball” right before the big announcement, and that’s great because “basketball is something everyone knows something about”. Karston P, Lead Electronics.
By John N