Thanks for commenting and for sharing the video links. The effort involved in designing the robot to meet the annual challenge is amazing by itself. The fact that it has to be done in a 6-week time period is even more astonishing. When you go to a competition and see 50 or 60 teams competing, then think that there may be 18 to 20 or more such competitions happening elsewhere around the country on the same weekend, it's incredible how many students are doing this--while still going to school every day! This happens for about 6 weeks of competitions around the US, Mexico and Canada. Teams from around the world also participate, including a team from the Netherlands in the NC Regional a few weekends ago.
An update for those interested in Team T-Rex: The team also participated in the North Carolina Regional two weeks after Palmetto, and made it to the semifinal round, with alliance partners The Hitchhikers and the Pitt Pirates. The alliance executed an amazing game plan, scoring more than 270 points in one match, but ultimately lost in a nip-and-tuck best-of-three series against the alliance that won the NC Regional championship.
Again, thanks for sharing the links. And good luck to all FRC teams in the remaining weeks! It's truly an inspiring experience.
Very interesting article, Kevin - I had no idea how much logistics is involved in this type of endeavor. I was curious as to the technical aspects so I jumped onto the web page link in your article. If anyone is interested in seeing a more visual description of what this is all about, the you tube videos gave me a better understanding - Kevin, I hope you don't mind me providing the links:
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