So I’ve done vex since 7th grade middle school with IQ which was fun but my team didn’t win any awards. Then the next year with crossover we pretty much won every tournament we went to (including states) but didn’t go beyond that. Now as a rising junior, I want to take robotics as serious and as competitive as possible because the junior year would be the last year colleges see your achievements (by spring of the senior year you’ve already applied). However, our school’s robotics program is mediocre and the last two years we went to two competitions seeing the game field for the first time. For tower takeover, we have already started our robot but lack serious parts to finish. Additionally, even if we did finish our robot, our school won’t get V5s till… I don’t know when. We are located in western PA and we at least want to at least get to states next year. We have started our engineering notebook but I’m not sure if we can compete with top neighboring schools since they have sponsors/multiple teams/ and more resources in general and we don’t even have CAD to make drawings. I have done well only one year before but a lack of resources seriously limits me and my team’s abilities. One positive note is that our teacher already got a game field that will be set up in September
I would like to ask for advice regarding the best plan of action and/or anything that could help my team make our goal. (ex building a skills bot, investing in parts, idk)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated by me and my teammates.