Posted by Kyle Hughes, Coach on team #27, OSMTech Academy, Team Rush, from OSMTech Academy and DaimlerChrysler.
Posted on 3/29/99 9:11 PM MST
After long debate about posting a message, Joe Johnson asked me to let the world know what happened.
During OSMTech’s 6th qual. round, we had an injury to our robot. At 11:00, we sent the robot to the shop to be fixed. At the same time, Baxter and Beatty both had come to me to see if we would like to partner. My team felt that it was important to inform our possible allies of our injured state. They were the only ones who knew we had an injury, and the only ones who asked. Baxter couldn’t wait any longer to see if it would work, and by 12:15, they moved on without us. We felt we had only one possible choice in order to play on, and that was if Beatty was still interested. The Beatty team had a heck of a time finding me, due to the fact that I was outside on a cell-phone trying to get updates on the robot, and the rest of my coaching team was in the shop (off site). We felt that we could not go with any other team - even if asked, due to the fact that nobody knew we were injured!
I walked into the arena, and heard Delphi request team 27. I almost died. How could I say, ‘yes’, knowing that we may not have a robot at all? Our team has too much integrity to say yes to something that we couldn’t back up. We denied. I ran back outside to call again … came back in and found out we denied Motorola too. Beatty was looking around for another 2nd choice. I got paged within minutes of Beatty’s second choice. The robot was on its way back. The robot was fixed.
Stressed? Of course. Panicked? Of course. Dissappointed? yes, because now people feel we held out to help Beatty!
Our team feels terrible that people would think that we would ‘fix’ our selection. Yes, working with Beatty works! We not only have complementary machines, but we work together well as a team in communication and in strategy! It is exciting to play with Beatty! I feel like for the first time I am finally playing with the Big Guys, and unbelievably … we are winning! Our students and adults have worked very hard to get where we are, and we really can’t believe that we have made it this far. Sadly, we can’t even enjoy it. Apparently, if you do the honest thing by turning people down because your robot doesn’t work, you get labeled as, ‘holding out’ to make an allience with an ol’ pal.
I would like to thank Brian Beatty for being so patient with us and believing in us. Even though we didn’t get to play the first round, I felt very honored to have just been chosen, and had the opportunity to play.
As for the rest of you. Please before you start asking teams to be allies, check to make sure that their robots are working. It could eliminate a lot of confusion later.
And lastly … thank you Joe J. You and your team have been an inspiration to us. You are a class act, and as I have told you this before, the students on your team are lucky to have you as their engineering hero.