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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by WrightStuffMonster » January 17th, 2009, 8:39 pm

i already quit this event
I think robots have the toughest learning curve of any of the building events. Its one of the hardest but one of the most rewarding. Even if you fail you will learn something that you might actually be able to use latter, unlike Wright Stuff.
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by computernerd4826 » January 17th, 2009, 9:35 pm

This is getting off-topic, but if you were to pursue something flight related then wright stuff might help.
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by captbilly » January 18th, 2009, 12:15 am

WrightStuffMonster wrote:
i already quit this event
I think robots have the toughest learning curve of any of the building events. Its one of the hardest but one of the most rewarding. Even if you fail you will learn something that you might actually be able to use latter, unlike Wright Stuff.
In the final analysis every event is just as hard to do if you want to win. Well I suppose the competition is tougher in some events than in others, but whether it is elevated bridge, trajectory, Robo, or scrambler, if you want to win at the highest level it takes a lot of clever design and hard work to pull ahead of everyone else. There have been some building events in the past that probably took much less time than others. Balloon race was probably considered a building event but there simply wasn't much you could do to prepare for it in advance. Mystery architecture took a fair bit of practice and understanding of structures, but you had to practice for an event that would only allow 45 minutes or so of building time, so there was only so much time you needed to spend practicing. The year that bottle rocket didn't allow parachutes had some highly competitive teams putting together backsliders in their hotel rooms the day before competition at Nationals, because that was all that was required to make the top 10. I know kids that spend probably over a hundred (maybe hundreds) of hours on Wright stuff, balloon launched glider, bridge, trajectory, robocross electric vehicle or whatever. I suppose it is a bit harder to come up with just a reasonable robot (one that can actually do the job, even if slowly) then it is a bridge that will not humiliate you at competition. But if you want to win bridge you will end up building many many bridges and pieces of bridges, and probaly spend just as many hours as a robot builder who wants to win.

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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by cooltiger » January 18th, 2009, 2:01 pm

Let's talk design, With this years rules and the 2 diffrent goals designs are going to change a lot. I am going to just take a dump truck and try and get everything for the large goal, then the small goal. But what do you think?
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by robotman » January 18th, 2009, 4:17 pm

that sounds good im going to attempt to move the large goal on the back of my robot
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by WrightStuffMonster » January 19th, 2009, 6:01 pm

cooltiger wrote:Let's talk design, With this years rules and the 2 diffrent goals designs are going to change a lot. I am going to just take a dump truck and try and get everything for the large goal, then the small goal. But what do you think?
That approach should work ok. You might face some significant challenges dumping everything into the goal boxes (they are on their side) and being able to do everything in under 3 minutes that way though. If you have to pick up the items for each box separately I think it would be very hard to finish in under the time limit. That said I dont really expect many teams to get full points so even if you can only do half of everything you will still be way ahead of most of your competition I would imagine.
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by robotman » January 19th, 2009, 7:03 pm

has anyone found a way to pick up hte coins sticky stuff doesnt work?
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by WrightStuffMonster » January 19th, 2009, 7:14 pm

robotman09 wrote:has anyone found a way to pick up hte coins sticky stuff doesnt work?
The team I am coaching picks them up using a bucket with a rotating brush and it works well. To pick up things like coins something thin and flat that can slide under the item combined with a sweeper or brush of some sorts usually works pretty well. For robot ramble I used photopaper last year to pick up notecards and thin birch plywood the year before to pick up a CD. If you dont want to use a sweeper you have those handy outer walls you could use to help push the coins into a bucket.
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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by jason45 » January 22nd, 2009, 12:45 pm

what should i use to move my tank treads?

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Re: Robo-Cross (B)

Post by robotman » January 22nd, 2009, 3:54 pm

a motor?? what do u mean move?
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