Last weekend was the Colorado Regional for the FIRST robotics competition. This year I had volunteered to be Scorekeeper/Field Power Controller. Little did I realize that no one had volunteered to be lead for that job. So guess who gets asked to do the job. I’d never done the job before. That said, the competition went remarkably well. A few ID-ten-T errors on the practice day due to the fact that the length of the match constantly changed to provide extra practice time to the teams. After lunch, we changed to just having a double match with regulation times for each.
The teams had a fairly wide variety of designs in use. The most effective was team winnovation, which was capable of launching a ball all the way across the field. It also had a omni drive setup, which allowed it to go around without ever turning.
Unfortunately, I’m not going to be at the CO regional again. Moving to Maryland this year. Ah well, thus is life.