BEST Competition – Game Day

BEST Competition – Game Day

BEST Robotics – Check In / Inspection So… that happened. Lulz. We show up yesterday evening at ~8:57pm to meet the 9:00pm latest check-in time. Among other things, we cannot find a way to get the robot in position to fit in the 24″ starting cube. Additionally, we had ~4-5 minor items to fix that got missed in the final

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BEST Season – Week 6

BEST Season – Week 6

BEST Robotics – Week 6 It doesn’t matter what competition we are in, or how well we think we planned out the build process… the final week always turns into a sprint for the finish line. We finished up the marketing presentation and notebook, but as of Monday, had yet to create ~90% of the robot and 50% of our booth. Oscar let

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BEST Season – Week 5

BEST Season – Week 5

BEST Robotics – Week 5 This week… bit crazy… but it felt good! Sometimes it takes a hard deadline to get us moving, but it was great to see how well the team responded.  The level of focus and productivity (including all of our new team members) is currently higher than it has been all season, and we all feel much more

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BEST Season – Week 4

BEST Season – Week 4

BEST Robotics – Week 4 As explained in earlier posts, the first three weeks involved a large amount of new student training, cardboard prototypes, idea exploration, and strategy discussion. As we moved into Week 4, we were fairly certain of our strategic direction… had a broad idea of what could be accomplished… but hadn’t … you know… built much of

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BEST Season – Weeks 2 & 3

BEST Season – Weeks 2 & 3

BEST Robotics – Weeks 2 & 3 In Weeks 2 and 3, our team continued working on building the field, prototyping using the game pieces, and analyzing the scoring opportunities to shape our strategy. At this point, we’ve only been meeting twice a week (and had to cancel last Thursday), so we’ve only had three meetings since our last update. As mentioned in

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BEST Season – Week 1

BEST Season – Week 1

BEST Robotics – The Kickoff As previously noted, our belief is that the best way to get better at building robots… is to build robots. Also, it’s what the students signed up for… and kind of the purpose of the club. BEST was a good fit for our club last year, with emphasis on construction from raw materials, much like

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Fall Meetings – Week 3

Fall Meetings – Week 3

Last week must have just been the calm before the storm… this week was pretty awesome! New Student Recruiting Our primary fall objectives continue to be to recruit new students and train them to a level where they feel comfortable contributing in the Spring FRC season. Some feedback we received in prior years was that it is good for new

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BEST Robotics – Week 3

BEST Robotics – Week 3

October 11th – 17th By now we had spent a fair amount of time thinking through the overall game strategy and we realized that we could benefit from going back and revisiting our initial thoughts and early assumptions.  As our strategy continued to evolve we found ourselves giving some serious thought towards incorporating a pick-up of the mine cart. If

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BEST Robotics – Week 2

BEST Robotics – Week 2

October 4th -10th In week 2, we began to make significant progress on the field construction as we knew being able to test our designs and ideas on the ‘real’ field would be crucial.  We were also able to start some basic prototyping. Overall, the main goals that we set for ourselves for this competition were: Train our new students

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BEST Robotics – Week 1

BEST Robotics – Week 1

This year, the RoboChargers are excited to improve our skills through the BEST Robotics challenge. We’ll be competing at the Dallas BEST Hub event on November 7th. The challenge video is linked above, and the generic andgame specific rules are attached here for any curious readers. We weren’t able to make the kickoff event on Saturday, so we did a

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