Today was the first day our team came together to talk about the game and make sure everyone was up to par.
Our first step was going over the rules and getting everything into a powerpoint that everyone can understand.
With the most excellent help of our mentors our understanding was quickly assembled.
The PowerPoint used can be accessed here (:
How do you win? Well you have to score the most points, and since competition is out the window this year, we are an all offensive team.
Due to the sheer size of our team, we split up and followed the design with which we think would be optimal (See above ^ )
Many sub-teams put forward our ideas and we mostly decided that four totes below a recycling bin would give us the greatest use of our time.
Inclusively we talked about the infamous Noodle Agreement (I’m calling it Operation Noodle). As explained below, the noodle agreement is an interesting exploitation of the rules this year. By working with the other team, the alliances on each side could boost each opponent by 40 points by simply leaving noodles on the ground. This “exploitation” creates an interesting element to the field with politics…
Politics in FIRST Robotics? Disgusting but true. If one team wishes to agree to exploit Operation Noodle and the other lies and takes all points for that round, you might lose some trust with other teams. I don’t know how this will change but right now I’m certainly afraid of what might happen with Operation Noodle.