Well done all winning team.... Question!!!

When you chose who your aliance was what was the criteria used in your thinking.
How would you describe your bot and what it did and how and what made you choose your aliance.
Photos of your bot and aliance would help teams who have not played yet.

Main criteria -

  1. Do they have an effective autonamous mode.
  2. Can they push a buttload of boxes into our area in the beginning.

We were not in the top 8, but we were making our list on Friday just in case we were seated. We decided that it was important to choose teams that:

have the ability to win a pushing match.
have the ability to climb the ramp.
have an autonomous mode that would mesh well with one of ours.
have professional/cooperative personalities.
have good control over their bot.

In retrospect, I would recommend considering teams who can limbo under the bar, and move quickly and accurately. 977 was a small simple bot. Those guys could go where they wanted to and if you knocked them out of the way, they quickly ran right back to where they wanted to be. Good job you guys (and girls (and machines)).


I think that the most important thing when you are picking is to know what your own robot is capable of doing. While this is always a good idea, its more important when picking.

Once you know that all you have to do is find a robot the compliments yours well.

If you can go under the bar and stack, odds are you don’t want two other robots in your alliance that can go under the bar and stack.

You probably want to pick a robot that can knock down the wall while you stack.

When you get to competition keep an eye out for pairings in qualifying that seem to work out well and choose accordingly

Well, I know for our team (since I helped judge this) was:
Driver control
How well it knocks down bins in autonomous mode
How well it knocks down bins in driver control
Can it stay on top of the hill
Pushing Power
Can it go under the bar
How well it can go after the stacks
on a scale of 1-5, one being the lowest, 5 being the best.
~Chris Poon

  1. were they able to not be flipped over
  2. autonomous mode

The biggest thing was how nice they were, some teams got crossed off right at the beginning because they weren’t easy to work with.

Second was how good the robot was and if it would compliment us well, we weren’t looking for stackers, but quick little robots, and if you look our finals pairing was three low riders, all with a secondary ability of stacking.

The two robots we picked complimented our AM and always came up the ramp right after us.