During a team brainstorming session, a few students noticed some interesting coincidences:
The KOP is sent out in totes.
Warehouses often use totes for holding large quantities of small objects.
Totes are often stacked on pallets in a specific pattern: 3 horizontally and 2 vertically. (comparable to the pattern of LANDFILL)
Warehouses that use these totes often stack them 6 tall.
Floor-based wire covers are often less than two inches tall and 2 feet across, and rarely have a large slope angle (no greater than 25 degrees). (comparable to the SCORING PLATFORMS)
Stacking platforms cause teams to place totes in rows, and maneuver between them.
These previous points can be interpreted to relate this year’s FIRST Competition to actions performed in a warehouse. They still have not figured out how to relate the LITTER or the RECYLCING CONTAINERS to their conspiracy. Possibly to carry out the theme.
Remember, all of this is speculation. Feel free to provide input and other ideas.
*Idea Generated by 4009
I thought about this too. I think that this year’s game is actually the most practical in terms of designing a more “industrial” machine. The designs from this year will be more applicable in a real world setting than other years that have shooters or kickers, etc…
Well in the kickoff broadcast NASA said that they used design elements from Robonauts’ 2005 Robot to help their robot designs, so I think FIRST is trying to have teams start helping in real-life designs, and warehouse robots could be an option.
What I find interesting is that the hardest task is recycling. Which I assume is being promoted.
Plus their is a tacit admission that one cannot recycle everything. i.e. 10 litter per side = 20 litter and 10 recycling containers.