It’s pretty telling to me that there isn’t a dedicated discussion thread for the Innovation Challenge like there is for the IR@Home and the Game Design Challenge. In surveys here on CD, and informal surveys I’ve conducted on some of my FRC friends, the Innovation Challenge seems to be the third most popular option…
In a season where teams are almost universally battling limited resources, and limited engagement, I suspect a large majority of teams will consolidate their efforts on one or two of the challenges rather than spread themselves too thin, and end up with a mediocre showing in all events. This approach completely makes sense, and anything that gets students motivated right now is a huge win. I believe this set of facts will leave us with relatively few submissions for the Innovation Challenge.
For teams who are looking to achieve accolades and advance to the next level of the competition, the Innovation Challenge may be a great opportunity to stand out in an event where there are far fewer submissions. I also believe that the Innovation Challenge serves as a great opportunity to enable the students to solve new engineering challenges, rather than a challenge we solved last year (even though optimizing for the at-home challenges does create a fun engineering challenge in itself).
Are there any other reasons teams are choosing not to do the Innovation Challenge? Is the theme/topic not interesting?
If your team is doing the Innovation Challenge, why are you choosing to do it, and is it your team’s top priority?