Week Zero is the time to put some finishing touches on the robot, get some driving practice, and network with some amazing FRC teams! We were able to participate in the Centurion-Krawler Week Zero Scrimmage at Centennial High School this past Saturday, and gained some valuable experience for the upcoming competitions.
In talking to some of our SubZero Team 5690 members, we were able to learn their thoughts on where they think we’re at right now in regards to our robot’s build and capabilities. Hunter, a veteran fabrication department member, said, “I learned just getting the feel of what needs to be done to be consistent in repairs and the routine, and giving the robot a check-up. I’m looking forward to having the robot perform pretty well now that we know everything is working.”
Every department is important in putting the robot together, as Sarah and Cassie, first year electrical members, found out. “Just learning how to wire and connect things, and making sure everything works was a huge takeaway from the scrimmage because if one thing was off the robot wouldn’t work. Organization is crucial! We’re looking forward to the experience and seeing the hard work pay off.” Like every other year, our main driver will have a critical role during competition. This year’s driver, Logan, was most surprised at the scrimmage “when the robot fell over.” At our regional competitions in Duluth and Iowa, he’s most looking forward to “the robot not falling over!”
Following the debut of this year’s robots at the scrimmage, other 5690 team members shared their perspectives on things that surprised them about this year’s POWER UP℠ gameplay. Camden, a second year programmer, was expecting more diversity in the robots, but he found that the designs were more or less the same. He also stated that, “Climbing at the end will be a challenge, and avoiding the penalty points of hitting the scale is going to be integral in this game.” Alec, a 3rd-year mentor in programming agreed that climbing will be the biggest challenge, noting that, “the robots barely had enough room to fit on the platform, let alone climb.” Strategy department member Skylar was “surprised [at] how some of the teams were playing the games, a lot more skills than what we originally thought. Some major challenges for this year we found out will include picking robots that are going to be compatible with ours because of different and similar skills.”
The week zero scrimmage also allowed our scouters the opportunity to see how everything is going to work and where their role fits in. Gage a second year scout, and Carsen, a first year scout, said “it’s harder than it was last year because it’s all stopwatch timing and thinking on your feet. I’m [Carsen] personally looking forward to seeing if anyone can climb. From a scouting perspective, keeping score and not missing any information is going to be the trick this year.”
Just three days after the scrimmage, and a frenzy of last-minute adjustments, our robot went into the bag to await our first regional competition, the Lake Superior Regional on March 8 – 10 at the DECC in Duluth. The event is free and open to the public, so we invite everyone to attend and see how exciting a FIRST Robotics Competition can be! We’re excited to see how our robot will perform this season.