Team 2081, Icarus, has modified our minibot pole a little bit to include a sensor for when the minibot crosses the deployment line and put switches at the top. Both of these are hooked up to a timer. When the minibot crosses the sensor the timer starts and when it hits the top the timer stops.
The real point of this post is I’m wondering if teams at Nationals would be interested in turning this into a fun competition at our pits. We thought last night of bringing the pole to Nationals and also bringing along a whiteboard to keep track of the top three fastest minibots and they would get prizes at the of Nationals. To keep our pits clear this would only be the minibot and not the deployment.
All I am wondering is if teams would be interested and if they had any ideas for prizes we could give out.
We were thinking about doing something similar in our Hall of Fame booth, but got sidetracked by too many other projects to follow through. Good on you guys for following through!
One thing that we were thinking about doing was giving out “official looking” stickers that teams could put on their bot or in their pit…they should say something like “Team 2081-Certified 1.25 Second Minibot”. We’d definitely slap one on the old bot
If you need any help, let me know via PM and I’m sure our media folks will be able to help you out! (We regularly bring color printers to events)
We thought about doing the same thing for an off season event here in the Denver area. We are thinking of having two poles in a drag race format complete with lights. We’ll be in St Louis so count us in.
The way we did it would be very difficult if not impossible. We have two arms coming off the base with one arm having a photo sensor and reflective paper on the other arm. It works well for just eliminating human error in timing but it takes away half of the deployment area.