Time for another Grasshoppers build thread!
We are beyond excited for the number of teams joining the Open Alliance. I specifically want to thank @Ty_Tremblay for leading the rowdy group of OA teams and making things official. Officialish anyway
95 did not meeting in person from March 2020 through August 2021. We have a lot of rust to knock off still, but with a handful of new students and four new FRC alumni coaches we are shaping up well. The Director of our home tech center, HACTC, has moved on to another directorship. He was a big champion of STEM and 95; seeing him go was a bit scary. Fortunately, the interim director is excellent and is providing us with all the support we need. All of our main sponsors have come back online too (phew!) after we declined to do any fundraising last year.
We have acquired a real high speed video camera for this season. After HSV analysis of power cell shooting was well-received last year we have decided to up the ante.
I want to talk briefly about something important to me in FRC: setting your own goals. If you enter an FRC season without a clear set of goals for yourself and/or your team it can be easy to lose your way or be disappointed with how the season turns out. After all, only a few teams get to win on Einstein. We have not picked our goals for this year, but in the past our list has looked like this:
- No lost-time accidents
- Win a judged award
- Make eliminations at every event
- Bonus: captain an alliance
- Implement something new on our robot
- Stretch: make the GDC write or amend a rule
I hope every team takes a few minutes to set goals for themselves. It has helped us tremendously.
Good luck to all teams!