TL;DR Motors get hot, ice water works, sorry 2052
So in 2017 my team made it into the MNHSL competition eliminations. For those unfamiliar, Minnesota has its robotics state competition in late May as an off-season event.
Something in the drive train must have been binding, and that paired with the racing back and forth across the field grabbing and placing gears was really taking a toll on the motors (4 full cims). We didn’t have an IR thermometer, but I’d easily assume they got around 180-200 in degrees freedom.
Since it was eliminations, we didn’t have time to find what was binding, so we tried to cool the motors with those instant cold packs, which worked great until we ran out sometime in late quarterfinals. Getting desperate, we turned to more unconventional methods.
By this time most teams had packed up their pits and were in the stands or had left, so the pits were mostly empty. This is important as I don’t want to give others any ungraciously unprofessional ideas. So you know those table top ice water jugs? We grabbed some plastic bags, and careful not to contaminate the water, began scooping out the ice. I would not do this if other teams needed water, but since the competition was almost done, we decided to go for it. Careful not to run, as that would be unsafe, we trotted back to the robot and applied the ice packs, which actually worked better than the instant ones.
Also, I do need to apologize to team 2052. One of our team members didn’t get the sanitation memo and just plunged his hands straight into the ice water while a couple Knightkrawlers were in line behind us. I directed them to another unsullied jug, and I know no one used the one we contaminated, but I do apologize for the inconvenience.