My team has always been one of those rural teams that always just made up the robot as we went along. While this led to some creative designs, those weren’t always the best (or even functional). In light of this, our lead mentor, team captains, and I are trying to schedule out build season better, including a goal list and dedicating a design and prototyping stage before we even buy the parts.
My lead mentor took me aside recently and told me that, in December, my team will be using a couple practice sessions to simulate the first couple of build season. They are going to be watching the broadcast from a past game (before 2017), making a goal list, and prototyping a robot design. They will then watch a competition with a robot with a similar design to see how well the idea would work (no word on how they’d simulate driver practice).
I wrote the previous paragraph in third-person because I was assigned to pick the game, watch their process (I can’t interfere at any point), and pick that similar robot. That’s why I came here; I wanted to get some feedback regarding:
•What game should I choose?
•How would I simulate/decide their amount of driver practice? (Low resource, can’t spare a robot)
•Other stuff I can’t think of
Also, none of them browse Chief Delphi (one occasionally asks a programming question), so don’t worry about them seeing this.