Me and three of my teammates are going onto high school next year! We realize that the high school competition might be more competitive than the middle school competitions. So, how can we prepare, and what can we do to improve as a team? Based on our results from this season, our notebooks were our strength, so I feel confident with that, but what can we do otherwise?
I already asked questions about coding, so I think I have ideas on that too. So I have notebook writing and coding down. What else?
Build quality can always be improved- there is no such thing as a perfect robot at any competition level. If you post some pictures of your previous builds I am sure people will be willing to give feedback on those.
The one with the forklift is from Tipping Point, and the other one with the catapult, roller, ramp, and string is from Spin Up. The Spin Up string was updated to have more tension/weight on it, which worked, but I don’t have a picture of that.
Also if anyone is wondering, 10001M was my first team, 10001Z was from this season, and next year I am to be on 9457X.
I would say you should try to learn as much as possible, ask for help when you need it but also trying to figure stuff out on your own is good. Minnesota has some tough competition next year so youll need to work hard to keep up, good luck next year. I would also recommend joining discord servers such as the main VRC one along with the minnesota server to connect with teams from our region.
I would strongly suggest learning cad, something like fusion 360 is a great tool for vex robotics. It should help you prototype components before building them. This in turn will make you more time efficient, preventing time being wasted from figuring out where stuff fits or doesn’t.
Thanks for the tips! I appreciate it!
I would attempt to learn from the older classmen in your robotics program try to learn things from them
Sounds like a good thing to work with! I will check this out! Thanks!
That’s a great idea! I have two seniors on my team next year, so hopefully they teach me something!
Okay so I just recommended using CAD to my “main designer” on my team, and I recommended something called FreeCAD to her. Do you think this would be a good website for CAD?
Use Autodesk Inventor for cadding in vex.
Is autodesk CAD free?
We are currently planning for a weekend workshop at the start of September.
You can get the student license for free with a photo of a piece of identification. You would get fusion, inventor etc.
Okay, thanks! I’ll look into this with my team!
Do as much research as possible on types of robots, listent upperclassmen and coaches.
Can you please specify what you mean by different types of robots? Do you mean like different mechanisms/sensors research?
If you get the student version yeah. It’s free