So for the first time, I’m going to worlds. I have my high hopes, my current (unrealistic?) goal is to make it to divisional quarterfinals, but 80% of the teams that go to worlds won’t be competing in the eliminations.
So what should I be expecting? What should goals should I be aiming for, as an above-average-but-still-mediocre team?
Congrats on making it to worlds! My team is currently in the same boat. Honestly I just want to have some fun. Obviously winning would be nice but I mean these are literally the best teams in the world, just making it this far is a huge accomplishment.
But I know for a fact there are at least 3 robots in the world superior to mine. And this seems kind of unlikely. So for a goal, this is a bit out of reach. Obviously I’m not going to just give up if I make it to quarterfinals, but that’s what I think I can do with my bot.
What about as far as expectations?
Thanks! I want to have fun, too, but it’s rare I go into a competition not having an idea of what I want. I guess I’m just obsessive.
Quarterfinals is pretty hard to make, statistically (as you stated). We made quarterfinals last year with our robot in a much better state than what we won State with. This year, the robot I had at State would probably make quarterfinals, but I am rebuilding because I want a chance at getting in the dome. You’ve seen that robot. If you can be about that good, I think you could make quarters. I obviously cannot say this for certain, however.
Along with planning to win, make sure you talk to the cool teams you have seen maybe on youtube or the forum. Make friends while there, might come in handy for alliance selection. But not only for alliance selection but it will just make the week much more enjoyable.
All singapore students speak at least 2 languages.
Our main spoken language is actually english. And all of them can speak either mandarin or malay or tamil.
Some of them even took a 3rd language, eg. French or spanish or japanese, etc.
Think for the worlds, english, mandarin and spanish should cover at least 80% of the teams.
I’m pretty fluent in mandarin, but I don’t know a lot of the more technical terms for robotics (i.e. “autonomous”, “drive”, “claw”, other things you might not normally say in everyday speech). I’ve done a lot of translating from Mandarin to English, and Google’s translated speech – while garbled and pretty much unreadable – is pretty decent at getting a general meaning across.
English will cover 90%, in my experience. Spanish is next most important (the Chinese teams are much more likely have someone who can understand you, and there are just as many Spanish-speaking teams. We had to communicate through a mentor last year… Not fun, but the Colombian team we were with that round was solid and we won. But this year will require more on-the-field commication, I think, so hopefully the drivers are fluent in the same language.