Imagine, just for a minute, that a vex watergame has been announced as next years official game. What would the object of the game be?, how would points be scored?, what robot would you build? Let your imagination go wild!
You sunk my battlebot!
One of the drive team puts on a heavy cotton sweatshirt, which is weighed before the start of the match. Winner is whoever drenches the other team’s sweatshirt wearer with more water, as determined by weight increase of the sweatshirt after the match.
I think it could be firefighter-style, where we have to dump water into a ‘house’ to score points. Bucketbots!
This is assuming that no V5 or cortex parts would be damaged, correct?
Would this “house” be on the robot?
Tbh I really want this joke to die, but it won’t. It has existed since at least Round Up and most likely way before that.
Have VEX Worlds be on a cruise ship so then it will be a water game
A ring of tiles on the out side and at pit of water on the inside. You have to push the other robots into the water so that the electronic break. Who ever loses most robots first losses.
This also sounds very profitable.
It actually goes back to before 2004 in FRC. It’s probably the oldest running gag in youth robotics.
would it be floating robots, or submersible robots?
Floating robots would be easier to build, even from currently VRC legal materials, because you could bend a sheet of lexan into ship’s hull and only need two motors to navigate on the water surface. If you are careful not to tip over you may not need any special water proofing of the electronics, if you are willing to take a risk.
Submersible robots, on the other hand, would be much more challenging to build. Because, not only you need to ensure full water tightness of all electronic components, but variable buoyancy and reliable depth navigation is much harder to do. Especially, if you need to go up and down multiple times and, presumably, grab and carry game objects of an unknown density.
If GDC is to create water game for real, you could bet that one of the objects will be a floating light rubber ducky, and another will be something heavy and non-buoyant like a piece of lead.
With only two pressurized air tanks it will be very challenging to dive and surface multiple times. Which, you can bet, a winning game strategy will require.
I would suggest to build a composite robot, with floating mother-ship and tethered submersible component that could accomplish any necessary underwater tasks. This way you don’t need to spend precious pressurized air supplies and just use regular motor to winch your submersible up and down.
Edit: Also, for those, who never heard about ROV Competition before, here is an interesting article.
Because exposing kids to lead is a very smart idea
Robots that loose in the finals are dumped into the ocean.
I mean, sure, you can always make game objects out of other dense, but less toxic materials like Tungsten or Gold, but then they will be just slightly more expensive.
It all now starts to make more sense…
It’s all going according to the plan…
Step 1: Mention karthik statues
Step 2: Mention lead
Step 3: Point out the flaws in lead
Step 4: Back to karthik statues
Step 5: ???
Step 6: Water game
Step 5: Xenon will solve all of your problems…
EDIT: DRow will solve all of your problems.