In my opinion there are four main aspects to VRC. Building, Programming, Driving, and Notebooking. Maybe most of you will agree.
We have a Build award already.
We have a Design for Notebooking.
We have Think award for Programming.
BUT, No drive award!
I guess you could argue like the amaze award or something, but that is mostly for the most Competitive robot at the tournament, not solely based on Driving skill.
Criteria for this Award:
The recipient team must remain calm and collected during matches, and show that plenty of practice time has been set aside for driving.
*The team has proved match after match that the robot does not necessarily have to be the best built and functioning, but instead a little strategy and driving skill will win out in the end.
Demonstrates a unique compassion for the performance of the robot during a competition.
Interview quality and team professionalism.
Anyway, just want to hear ya’lls thoughts! This thread is mostly for fun.
For most teams this is true; i.e, I couldn’t make a list of all the teams in a tournament ranked from worst to best based on driver skill, but in most cases, people can tell who’s the best at driving. (hopefully)
I’d argue that this isn’t VEX Robotics’ goal - just about everywhere you see them talk about solving the stem problem. That’s what the awards now are based upon. the build, design, and code of the robot promotes stem fields while a driver award does not.
I think that this could easily get mixed up with how good a robot is. A driver could be bad with a good robot and seem better than someone with a bad robot but is amazing and driving, but can only work with what they have.
Not to steer the conversation off topic, but I’m pretty miffed that vex just put instructions on their site in how to build a competitive robot. I feel it isn’t fair for people like us to spend time designing a quality robot only to have instructions allowing people to instantly make something they would otherwise have had to develop.
Edit: apparently this bot wasn’t quite as good as i thought never mind