Stay around some time after a regional (or come early before they unpack)and see how they pack those crates. Everything is mapped out to fit exactly in the minimum number of crates, and there is another map to load the crates into the truck in a specified, efficient manner. It’s fascinating.
I’ll second Carol. I’ve been doing field assembly/disassembly every year I’ve been in FIRST. I’m always amazed at the engineering that goes into the field and the electronics to make these competitions work. And to think those fields get setup/teardown 6 or 7 times per season and it’s all done in several hours.
While you are sticking around checking out the field, be sure to lend a hand. But remember, the FTA is in charge of that process, so check with them if they need the help.
There is an entire book as to how every thing goes in crates and out. It is VERY fascinating, and crazy. It makes things flow efficiently. It’s neat to see all the field crates being packed and everything that goes into it. Thanks Bill!