After the Championship event, I’m curious about people’s thoughts about the event, particularly the difference between having a single championship event, and split championships.
In my opinion, having a single championship event is the better way to go. Having a single championship event brings all of the best teams to compete against each other directly. Having two different championships splits teams and does not really feel like a true “championship”. It was a cooler experience this year compared to previous split worlds events to watch and compete with teams we’ve never met before and wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Overall, our team enjoyed the experience of a singular championship event over two separate championships. I hope to see FIRST stick with a singular championship for future years.
As just a lay parent having never attending a worlds before I would hope they move to a more central US location and move the date if they do so. The turn around for our MI team was pretty rough. Just thoughts from a nobody
I agree single champion felt much more like a “championship” and I loved being able to see teams I wouldn’t normally get to at North Champs, some California teams in particular. The benefits of two champs was that more teams got to go, and it made travels and logistics easier due to more time between DCMP+CMP and shorter travel distance. My ideal solution would be one, even larger Champs, somewhere in the central USA, and week 9.
The issue with moving any farther back is that you start hitting on Exam season. AP Testing starts Week 9 (May 2-6th) (starts week 10, off by a week) , and forcing students to choose is not an optimal solution.
I agree that one championship is much more interesting and fun to watch but much less students get to experience it this way, in my opinion 1 championship of 800 teams and 12 divisions with 2 rounds robin and then semi finals of einstein with the 4 alliances that won the 2 rounds robin can be perfect if FIRST will be able to pull it off, but with only 450 teams we are missing too many students and teams that can experience it.
I dont mean to go back to 2017, just make a 1 huge event.
it seems like 2 different championships in 1 place with extra final, but the idea of this is to let every team in the world compete against every other team and not split up Canada and Texas for example.
The week between States and Worlds here in Michigan our district had SAT and MI requested testing. Some kids have to make up 1-2 of the state testing. It was tough on them for sure. Not sure what the right answer is other than for us personally it was like flying warp speed for 2 weeks straight and our bus gets in late tonight (24 hour bus ride) and school tomorrow. Exciting but grueling is a good descriptor for us lol
I completely agree it was fun being able to meet a lot of the teams from California that we would normally not be able to meet however one thing I would change if possible would be to add two more fields so that there are fewer people in each so that each team plays a couple more quals which makes it so that rakings in division’s are not as dependant on match schedule and more of how good your robot is
Coming from New England with just one week to schedule a trip to Houston put extremely high economic pressure on our team (plane tickets were up to $1200 or more). Many teams that qualified just needed to decline. I favor FIRST going back to the two champs, and back to Detroit or somewhere else in the NorthEast.
Not in New England. We have usually 10-11 district events, and only 2 fields in NE. This means we need 6 weeks to fit all 11, and on years there’s 10 the logistics haven’t aligned to allow for less than 6 weeks of events.