Ten students, eight weeks and a lot of pizza! That is what went into this season's Week 2 event at St. Joseph High School. Going into this event we were still two week behind schedule, so we knew we needed to have realistic expectations. We're not going to be the best bot. We're not going to have everything working. We're simply going to do the best we can with what we have. This "resignation" served as an empowerment and the team flourished. By the end of the event, our first-time driver handled the bat as if he'd been doing it for years. Team members each found solid footing in their new roles and everyone gave it their all. The best part: We all had a blast. It was a great weekend and now we're motivated more than ever to work the bugs out to be ready for Kentwood in Week Five!
A Little History
The 2023 season didn't start well. Each year the team works to secure the $20,000 needed for the season. Typically, we don't know if we'll have enough until November which is also the deadline to pay FIRST the $6000 they require for teams to participate. (Yes, we must pay to play) So, once we knew we had enough to register and continue with the season, we start the purchasing process for parts we're going to need to build a robot. It was an unexpected shock to learn that nearly everything we needed was out of stock. In fact, the building system that we've used for years was completely unavailable.
In January of each year, teams from all over the world get together for the big Kickoff. This is the major event where the game is revealed and we all learn what the robot will have to do on the field. During our kickoff we spent a great deal of time brainstorming how we were going to accomplish a build and also WHERE we were going to purchase parts! After review several options, we decided to adopt the Rev Robotics building system. This required purchasing all new pieces and parts, adapter, brackets, etc.. On top of having to completely purchase and learn a new building system, we had to wait up to a week for the parts to arrive each time we ordered. Over the course of the build season, we spent three weeks just waiting on parts!
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