Houston is VERY excited about hosting the FIRST Nationals and we are grateful that FIRST has provided us the opportunity to have students with the brightest young minds in America as our guests. I’m positive that between the folks at FIRST and the people of Houston, the National Championships will be an exciting and memorable event. Please help make Nationals an incredible event by expressing your ideas here. You can find detailed information (square footage, floor plans, etc.) about the Reliant Complex at the Houston Convention Guide . Although I am not an official of FIRST, I will make every effort to get your ideas to the FIRST folks.
Here are a few ideas that I’ve heard that might make Nationals really cool.
-Invite all the teams. There are a million arguments why this should be done but the following one is good enough. By attending Nationals, one student may be inspired to help mankind.
-Have all the competition fields on the Astrodome floor. Put the fields against the “fences” and use the box seats for seating. Using a baseball field as a reference, put a FIRST field behind the plate, one on FIRST base, one down the right field line, one in right field, one in center field, one in left field, one down the left field line, one on third base. Wow, eight fields. If something like this was to happen, you better bring your binoculars, you could be watching 8 matches at once! I’ll be the one yelling. GET YOUR BINOCULARS…BINOCULARS HERE…BINOCULARS ONLY 10 DOLLARS…GET YOUR BINOCULARS HERE The sound systems for each field would have to be localized but FIRST has proven that they can do this effectively with the Archimedes, Currie, & Newton fields.
-Run the matches a little longer into the day and keep the pits open a little later into the night. This will give you a few more opportunities to run your 'bot along with some more time to troubleshoot any problems. What’s better entertainment than the competition.
Please, if you disagree with an idea, provide constructive criticism. Maybe try some words like, “Yea, that would be cool to have all of the fields on the Astrodome floor BUT the sound system is going to be more difficult to localize than it was on Archimedes, Currie, & Newton because the sound will bounce off of the plastic seats and concrete.”
Looking forward to hearing from all of you Cyber-Tournament-Directors. You can make Nationals SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME.