Preparations are done. Hopes are high, and the eyes of the Greenville community turn toward the incredible students of GISD. At 7AM on April 17th, the first Robowranglers began their trek down to Houston. Their roller-coaster season is coming to an end, even as the longer journey is just beginning...
What have we been up to?
Curious about the Mk10 intake? We did something else kinda weird this year... we posted the FULL CAD of our 2018 Robot (including the Mk10 intake). We've never posted the CAD this early, and we've certainly never posted it when the season is still going on.
We are very disappointed by the lack of Robot Wrangler clones. C'mon people... we want to see some Faux-bot Wranglers!
On April 13th, FIRST announced the division assignments. This is one of the events teams eagerly await each year. We were placed in the Hopper Division - which is named after Grace Hopper. I feel like this is appropriate, and I'm hoping the #GirlPowered Robowranglers will draw some luck from the esteemed former Rear Admiral.
We find ourself in Hopper with a number of amazing teams, many of whom are old friends. I was happy to see that we're in a division with my "sleeper 3rd robot" pick. I'm hoping they're still under the radar.
Once the team-list was posted, the scouts immediately began filling out our pre-scouting database. They try to gather as much information as they can about each team by watching match videos posted online. This does not replace match scouting, but this data gives us a good idea of what early matches will be like.
FIRST also posted preliminary match schedules (subject to change). Each team gets 10 qualification rounds, spread over two days.
Getting the preliminary match schedule in advance allows our strategists to sit down and talk through each match ahead of time. As a self-described "terrible" scout, it's strange to have the opportunity to watch match footage on ALL our partners and opponents before we ever go to the event.
This also gave us the opportunity to reach out to few teams (and have MANY teams reach out to us) in advance of the event to talk strategy. In particular, it's refreshing to have teams coming to us saying: "We REALLY want to take a ride on the Robot Wrangler - how do you feel about roping us up for Match XYZ?" We feel great about it.
How do you feel overall?
I feel fine. But that's basically always the case. Stacked division, I feel fine. Weak division, I feel fine. We'll play whatever they put in front of us.
I'm excited that we get to spend time with some teams we've never really played with.
The students are already settled-in down in Houston. Most of the mentors are driving down tomorrow morning (myself included). Tomorrow is load-in (which takes WAAAAAAAY longer at Champs) inspection, and then some practice matches.
We don't have a long list of things to do during our pit time. Swap in the Mk10 intake, "change the oil" (replace all the things which might fail after a season of competition: fuses, main breaker, etc), and get the autonomous modes tuned-in... then it's off to the races on Thursday morning.
Are we ready? Yeah, we're ready. Let's do this thing.
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Stupid Mentor Trick
Today I bring you my favorite stupid mentor trick of the season...
This is apparently how I spend my Saturday nights. Maybe it's time to get back to real life? #MentorBuilt