In a more broader sense my team has gotten daunted by failed designs of the past. Without any context to why they were failed designs they just instantly shoot them down because its the knee jerk reaction when you think something won’t work.
Let this be a lesson to be very introspective in your yearly debriefing. Really analyze the failure or else you will never turn it into a success.
As an alumni of 8 years. I usually try to atleast make it to kickoff, so I can add historical perspective to the conversations. When students raise the questions on whether or not we need to be able to pick up game pieces on the field rather than from the feeder station. I bring up how we designed our whole 2013 bot around picking up frisbees which were rarely on the field, but in 2017 we prioritized feeding gears, and were vastly encumbered by not being able to pick them from the ground. The moral of the story being never build your robot that you can’t modify to be better. Don’t build in a single feature that handicaps the robot.