Team 1493 will be documenting our build season for 2020
Who is 1493?- This will be team 1493’s 18th season in FRC. Like many teams we spent way too many years building over complicated robots that did poorly. We were getting burnt out, frustrated, and spending way too many hours in meetings. In 2018 we decided we needed a drastic change to our approach.
We decided to apply the KISS principle (I know groundbreaking idea), but this time we would actually stick to it and not get sucked into the temptation every kickoff to throw that out the window, and over extend ourselves because the game didn’t seem “that hard”.
The decision we made that forced us to stick to this principle was to meet 50% less than we currently were. We currently meet 2 days a week after school. Mondays from 2:50-5:30 and Thursdays from 2:50- 7:30*. This constraint forces us to keep our designs simple, but effective decisions based on our game analysis and strategy selection.
*students are allowed to come to shop on free periods to work and we have small groups of drive team and select students meet at practice facility we share with local TVR teams outside of normal meeting hours for drive practice/fine tuning.
Since we made these changes we have experienced our greatest success on the field and the stress level for mentors and students has dropped significantly.
In is our hope that we can provide some level of assistance to teams who have similar struggles.
Some things we plan on providing are
How to best utilize RI3D + MCC
Game Analysis, Strategy, and our design choices
More info about 1493 our students, mentors, and resources
Anything else we find that could be beneficial