I think the most powerful lesson students can learn from FRC is that: "Failure isn't permanent. Life is iterative." I'm proud that the Robowranglers have embraced continuous improvement and iteration as core values. I love the video our marketing team created to celebrate this mentality. It gives me goosebumps every time I watch it...
During the course of the 2017 FRC season the Robowranglers went through a significant amount of development on our intake subsystem.
Very early on the team decided it would be advantageous to be able to pickup a gear off the ground. We believed that teams would drop gears during normal match play and that being able to pick these up would save us significant time when running "gear cycles".
In addition, our team originally wanted to pickup balls off the floor. We decided there would be some benefit to an intake which could pickup both balls and gears, without violating any of the possession rules. The functional requirement we set for ourself was to "drive full speed through a pile of balls + gears, and come out the other side with all the balls and one of the gears."
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One of my favorite STEM jokes:
When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker's circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work.
One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of speechmaking.
"I have an idea, boss," his chauffeur said. "I've heard you give this speech so many times. I'll bet I could give it for you."
Einstein laughed loudly and said, "Why not? Let's do it!"
When they arrived at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur's cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions expertly.
Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody's fool.
Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said, "Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back, answer it for me.”