Thanks for the post, OP!
In the weeks leading up to Sacramento, our team worked overtime and put in massive amounts of effort in developing a high scoring yet reliable programming skills routine. We eventually achieved a consistent 26 point routine using line sensors for sensing caps, and the vision sensor for shooting flags.
However, when we arrived at states, all our efforts were instantly thrown down the drain due to the presence of direct sunlight on the skills field. The sun saturated the readings of the vision sensor and completely disabled the line sensors causing not only our programming skills to fail but our match autonomous as well.
Our programming skills were reduced from 26 to a measly 2 points. We were devastated by the lack of understanding that the EP had for our situation, and felt that it was terribly unfair that our efforts had come to nothing just because of the venue.
Looking back on the situation, I do wish that we had had a plan B! But I guess we could thank the EP for teaching us a valuable lesson, and we’ll be sure to implement some sort of redundancy in the future.
Enjoy the video :))