I was wanting to hear some experiences from peoples first year in VEX Robotics.
I’ll go first.
TL;DR at the bottom.
This was during ITZ and it was the first year my school decided to enter in the VEX Robotics competition scene. Since then I have learned a lot and I have worked with my mentor to put together better teams based on qualifications.
During my first year my team decided to build a claw bot. After much tuning and driving practice I was able to get enough points to be halfway decent. (Sidenote: My team is in a newer region) We somehow convinced one of the best teams to choose us as part of their alliance. They helped us win that competition and qualify us for state. We were ecstatic. Our team worked hard on re designing our robot before state, but many people decided to not work on the robot as usual. The robot was not finished. I worked on the robot on the night before states until 12:00. I eventually get it done. The main mechanism being a claw setup on a rack and pinion tower. It was a masterpiece, or so I thought. We load up and arrive at states. We play around with the robot and make sure everything is good. We win a few in qualifications but lose most. We check our standings and realize that we placed last. Our mentor was crushed along with the rest of my team. We pack everything up and leave.
My team gets carried while using a claw bot and we go to states to be eliminated right after qualifiers.
Anyways I want to hear about some other stories during your first year in VEX.