Ruckus is on Team 174’s list of things, but nothing is confirmed yet. Our robot has gone though many upgrades and updates, so it should be a much better robot than you saw at FLR. Either way, I should be there and will volunteer depending on pending events.
In Canada do most family’s celebrate Thanksgiving on the day of the holiday, on Monday, or opt to celebrate on the weekend? Ruckus is on Saturday which would allow for festivities on Sunday as well as Monday.
Thanksgiving isn’t as big a deal in Canada as it is in the US but for those families with cottages it’s the last long weekend of the season. Those who celebrate with a family gathering and dinner tend to do so on the Sunday or Monday which will cut down on the effect on the Ruckus.
Almost half the teams are Canadian!
While it’s a shame there’s no more Canada’s Wonderland event it’s nice to see the Ruckus has filled the void for a place for the Canadian teams to get a little more robot action before the new season kicks in.
It looks like, barring a date change, Team 48 will not be attending Rah Cha Cha Ruckus this year, as we found out October 12th is in direct conflict with the school’s homecoming. I know of at least two other schools who have similar conflicts, and perhaps there are even more.
Considering we use this event to introduce new students to an exciting FRC competition setting, and considering most uninitiated new students (and many vets, which is still understandable) would choose homecoming over getting up at some ungodly hour to ride a bus five hours to Rochester, we cannot justify attending the competition this year. This is really unfortunate, because we’ve had a lot of success and fun at this competition - finalists in 2011, and winners in 2012. Plus, who doesn’t like the chance to pie yours truly in the face?
Given this conflict, and the already-stated conflict with Canada’s Thanksgiving, I urge the Ruckus committee find a way to get the event back to its traditional close to Halloween date in future years.
That’s unfortunate. That’s a very busy weekend for us from the land of moose, polar bears and igloos. However, since it’s the on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend hopefully it won’t be too big of an issue for teams to bring at least a skeleton crew. I too wish it was closer to Halloween, but I’m glad that the event will run rather than not at all due to lack of a venue.
We actually are pretty well represented by our neighbors to the North. And we expect 610 to sign up eventually as well.
We like having it around Halloween too but a contract is a contract so we will have to live with the choice this year!
Team 910 has talked about potentially coming out this year, I’ll talk to a few of our mentors and see how that plan is going. I’ve heard such good things about this event I may come out to volunteer anyway.
Luckily for us, the date change removed a potential conflict and thus it looks like we’ll be returning to this event for 2013. Now that we’re effectively part of the “upstate NY region”, it’s probably healthy for us to compete at an event with teams we’ll be working with / against at Finger Lakes next year.