This email blast just went out to the teams:
Hold on to your safety glasses, folks–this one’s a longer one with a lot of good information.
First, the site plan is attached. The parts of the school we’ll be using for SCRIW are highlighted. Drop-off will be in the traffic loop that enters to the left of the building off Millwood Avenue. Parking for everyone will be in the student parking lot that’s a little further to the left of the school (and a right turn out of the loop going back onto Millwood). Pulling in the front driveway will result in a verrrrrry long walk, especially for anyone carrying things. We will use the covered portion of the courtyard for any drilling or cutting needs you may have; there is power outside and the concrete causes far fewer worries.
We’ve also lined up a unique slate of workshops for this year, including one that has yours truly wondering if he can game announce from inside the workshops room! Here’s the list (and thank you, presenters!):
10:20-11:20: Pneumatics: It’s a Gas! – Kevin Thorp, FRC 3489 (Category 5)
11:30-12:30: Mobile Scouting App Development – David Castro, FRC 3489 (Category 5)
12:45-1:45: Linear Motion Profiles in Robot Design – David Allred, FRC 4451 (ROBOTZ Garage)
We were asked about rule changes, and here’s the easy answer: no planned rule changes. We are not going to police transport configuration (though we reserve the right to verify you can do it), as long as you can move your robot in a safe, non-obnoxious manner. There are standard school doors along the path between the pits and the gym, so plan accordingly with your cart.
We’ve had a few changes to the final team lineup, so here’s the 24-team list for the record:
281 The GreenVillains Greenville, SC
283 The Generals Greenville, SC
342 Burning Magnetos North Charleston, SC
343 Metal In Motion Seneca, SC
1225 The Gorillas Hendersonville, NC
1226 The Gorillas B-Team Hendersonville, NC
1398 Keenan Robo-Raiders Columbia, SC
1539 Blue Eagle Robotics Clover, SC
1553 KC Robotics Team Lugoff, SC
1758 Technomancers Florence, SC
2059 The Hitchhikers Apex, NC
2815 Blue Devil Mechanics Columbia, SC
3489 Category 5 North Charleston, SC
3490 Viper Drive Summerville, SC
3976 Electric Hornets Hopkins, SC
4083 Iron Wolverines Dorchester, SC
4451 ROBOTZ Garage Laurens, SC
4533 Wando Advanced Robotics Mt Pleasant, SC
4534 Wando B-Team Mt Pleasant, SC
4901 Garnet Squadron Columbia, SC
4935 T-Rex Charlotte, NC
4965 FIRE Anderson, SC
5898 RoboFalcons Darlington, SC (Pre-rookies running 1293’s robot)
8101 342/3489 B-Team North Charleston, SC
As you can see, we’re sitting on 24 teams after some teams had to scratch for various reasons. We sincerely hope that everyone shows up, because this year’s playoff format does not lend itself to byes as we’ve done in the past. The planning committee has a contingency plan in case someone no-shows and leaves us at less than 24 teams, and here it is. If it comes to pass, we will announce it at the driver’s meeting.
- We’ll adjust the qualification schedule so everyone plays one additional match, and some will play still another as a surrogate. We know teams come to play, and we want to maximize these opportunities as much as possible.
- We will run the playoffs with four four-team alliances (draft order 1-4, 4-1, 1-4).
- Whoever sits out the first match in the round must play in the second.
One request from our bookkeepers: don’t mail anything else. If you have a check for us, bring it to pit admin when you arrive. If you have a lunch pre-order, you can still fax it to John Lindower at 803-264-8498.
As you’re packing, don’t forget your essentials:
-Your driver station laptop (and power cord)
-Your charged batteries
-Your battery chargers
-Your hand tools
-Your safety glasses
-Your Gracious Professionalism!
Lastly, thank you, thank you, thank you. This month’s storms have proven to be quite the challenge, and we have all felt the extra pressure to ensure the show goes on with the quality you expect from SCRIW. We know we would not have made it to this fifth year without your continued support, and we are grateful for all of you from the five-timers to the newbies. Columbia is open for business, and we hope you’ll enjoy everything the city has to offer while you’re here. If there’s anything we can do to help, from event questions to tips on barbecue joints, please ask.
We can’t wait to see you Saturday!
SCRIW Planning Committee