Posted by Joe Johnson, Engineer on team #47, Chief Delphi, from Pontiac Central High School and Delphi Automotive Systems.
Posted on 3/10/99 6:42 PM MST
In Reply to: Just the right touch posted by Keith on 3/10/99 5:09 PM MST:
I agree with all you folks that such competitions would be great.
I think that it would be especially great with the current format. I propose that the gang of 16 not be allowed to compete in these auxiliary competitions.
Further, I think that some sort of self nomination / peer nomination combination be used to determine which teams compete. Perhaps a team would have some votes that would allow them to nominate themselves while teams could also nominate other teams. Some sort of formula could be worked out that would allow teams to get in to a competition provided that they meet some base criteria. Additionally, even if a team doesn’t self nominate, enough peer votes could draft them. I am sure that something could be worked out that makes sense. This could even make the picking process more dramatic because more teams would have a stake in the outcome, beyond just making it to the elimination rounds (“If team XYZ gets drafted, then we have a shot at winning the flimflamery competition”).
One more thing, if FIRST announced some/most/all of the Show Off Events at the kick off, some teams may tailor their machines to excell at these Show Off Events. I think that this would add a new dimension to the design problem, one that I think would be in the long term best interest of FIRST.
I know that much of this has been proposed to FIRST in prior years. For one reason and another, they have not adopted it.
FYI, Ken Patton of GM Powertrain (team leader of the awesome Huskie Brigade, Team #65) even went so far as to propose (wuth his management’s support) a Powertrain Award with a specific tractor pull type contest conducted by GM Powertrain volunteers, but the proposal was not accepted.
We face an uphill battle on this one. If we really think that it is an idea worth going after, then we should all work together to make the case to Dean, Woodie, the folks at FIRST and the Board of Directors for FIRST as well.
Anyone up for tilting at windmills?