With team 4152 one of our goals is to improve our strategic design. Fundamentally we want to analyze the game effectively and focus on what we want to do. For Infinite Recharge we debated a specific aspect of the game. The ability to go under the control panel resulted in some teams choosing to build short robots. Other teams (we fall into this category) chose to build a taller robot (easier to climb, better shooting angle).
I feel good about our choice - we competed at Georgian College and made the top 8 and won the industrial design award. Our design choice was primarily driven by the shooting angle a taller robot provided. Our tests indicated that we would consistently be able to shoot in the outer target and have a better consistency at the inner target. Keeping tall allowed us to simplify our storage system and climber.
I was interested in what the data said so I analyzed the 53 events that had ranking information from this past season. Out of those events 29 of the number one ranked teams had tall robots (55%) while 24 robots (45%) were short.
My questions for the Chief Delphi community are:
- What were the factors that you used to determine whether to build a short or tall robot?
- Do you feel you made the right decision - if not, why would you change your mind?