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General Topics / Re: Preferences for District Events
« Last post by Shreya C on September 20, 2017, 05:18:22 PM »
Ah... I disagree :P I donít think we should assume that because weíve been to WPI every previous year, itís an assumption that we should go again this year. From a scheduling point of view, I think it makes more sense to go for a week 2 event (Bridgewater), so we have time to finalize our image, presentations, etc. But the benefit to Week 1 is that teams arenít all that great, so perhaps we have a better chance of advancing further... not that many of them would be any better in Week 2 either!

I think that we should do as our second event either Week 4 (Bryant University) or Week 5 (UNH). Leaning towards Week 4ójust not sure if that gives us enough time to make fixes necessary. Week 5, is, however, a further drive, I think.

Just my two cents :)
General Topics / Re: Preferences for District Events
« Last post by Aliza M on September 19, 2017, 10:33:58 PM »
Well, I'm sure we are doing the one at WPI in week one since we have done that in the previous years so probably choose that as the first competition and maybe the Bryant University for week four. I don't really have any specific preferences but those two seem ideal.
General Topics / Preferences for District Events
« Last post by Louis L on September 16, 2017, 07:41:19 PM »
Event selection dates are coming fast so lets see if anyone has an opinion on which venues to select.

(1) First, if you don't already know, there's a new system in place this year. You need to read this blog from Frank:

Also this is a followup Q&A:

(2) Here's the list of NE events. There are 11 events (only 1 on week 5)

Week 1 - Salem High School, Salem NH
Week 1 - WPI
Week 2 - Wilby HS, Waterbury CT
Week 2 - Bridgewater-Raynham HS, Bridgewater MA
Week 3 - Reading HS, Reading MA
Week 3 - Fairfield University, Fairfield CT
Week 4 - Bryant University, Smithfield RI
Week 4 - Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston ME
Week 5 - UNH, Durham NH
Week 6 - Hartford HS, Hartford CT
Week 6 - Revere HS, Revere MA

Please reply to this topic if you have a preference. Tell us why as well.
Things we learned / Driver station protocol
« Last post by Louis L on September 12, 2017, 04:23:07 PM »
When using the old cRio controllers, the Driver Station needs to be set to the 2014 protocol. Or use the old netbook which has an old version of the Driver Station software which only talks in the old protocol.
General Topics / Re: Fall Classes and Activities
« Last post by Louis L on September 10, 2017, 08:10:56 PM »
I'm swapping weeks 1 and 2 in order to get more focus on Fleetbot and Swerve drive software up-front.
Bay State Brawl / Re: Ongoing Checklist (2017 Version)
« Last post by Shreya C on September 09, 2017, 06:36:25 PM »
Update from September 4th Meeting

This is extremely late--sorry for the delay!
  • Determined registration cost--$150
  • Debated + finalized different potential rule changes:
    • Fill the 4-gear rotor for alliances if playing 2 on 2
    • Give pilot 20 balls when ropes are deployed to shoot into the high boiler
  • Decided to nix the fancy winner's trophy + stick w/ last year's design, to make it easier for future years
  • Debated pizza orders (but now considering food truck?):
    • Vendor: either WHOP or Domino's
    • Determine a min # of pizzas to order
    • Decided that teams should give a # of pizzas when they register, which is verified by 10am 10/21 morning--can be changed up until that point
  • Debated t-shirts:
    • Color: decided to be maroon
    • going to figure out # of shirts + size distribution later, depending on our team's sizes
    • Vendor: CustomInk
  • Discussed activities:
    • Discussed scavenger hunt:
      • Find a better prize
      • Determined # of riddles to be 10-12
      • Submit via Snapchat (public + teams) --> need to create a Snapchat account (have to figure out how to make this work so we don't have to be friends with everyone)
    • FLL team demo as one of the activities
  • Determined # of tables + distribution: judges table, registration table, food tables, safety glasses table + 2 activity tables
  • Made note to double + triple up paper liners in pit
  • Signage outside--need to ask abt signs from WHS + changing the sign in the front on Main St
  • Need to get more refs signed up! 1 confirmed so far: Lucas
  • Get someone from our team to DJ
General Topics / Fall Classes and Activities
« Last post by Louis L on September 07, 2017, 08:22:35 PM »
Here are the dates I've signed up for. I've started to fill in some dates. If you would like to claim a date, just reply to this post and I will update the table.

As usual, I'm looking doing things a little differently. There are a number of active projects that need to continue (Fleetbot, swerve) and a few events to deal with (Girls Inc, Trivia Bee). We normally don't start until October but I'm pushing to start immediately so we get onto the kid's schedules right off the bat.

I'd like to see if there's a way we can do more with software topics. It seems to be an area where students have an interest but many are very weak and need a lot of help.

9/11 (kickoff)9/12 (Safety for new students)9/13 (Safety for new students, Fleetbot, Swerve)
9/18 (FRC competition, soup to nuts - part 1)9/19 (FRC competition, soup to nuts - part 2)9/20 (FRC competition - part 3, if needed)
9/259/269/27 (Girl's Inc prep)
--- 10/10 (BSB robot rehab)10/11 (BSB robot rehab)
10/16 (BSB practice)10/17 (BSB practice)10/18 (BSB, final prep)
10/30 --- 11/1
--- 11/711/8
11/2011/21 ---
Bay State Brawl / Re: Ongoing Checklist (2017 Version)
« Last post by Louis L on August 07, 2017, 05:33:27 PM »
re: trophy

What did we do for the winner last year? Was it very different than the other awards? I seem to recall it was just the same award but with different text ('you won!").

Keep in mind that setting a precedence can be a problem if you don't plan on doing it that way in the future. So don't make a fancy trophy if you don't plan on repeating it each year.
Bay State Brawl / Re: Rule change poll
« Last post by Louis L on August 07, 2017, 05:29:17 PM »
I'm in favor of giving rookie drive teams an advantage. But I'm not sure what that would be for Steamworks. The way the game is set up, gears are the main component and there's little we can do as an advantage. We can't just give them another freebie in the airship - that's worth almost too much.

Endgame climbing is the other obvious place to give an advantage and again I'm not sure what makes sense.

The dot cover idea is what they did at BattleCry; teams didn't use it that much (maybe they didn't understand the rule?). Would be nice to try something not already done.
Bay State Brawl / Rule change poll
« Last post by Shreya C on August 06, 2017, 07:09:28 PM »
Comment below if you have a different suggestion for a rule change.
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