Posted by ChrisH at 03/27/2001 1:13 AM EST
Engineer on team #330, Beach 'Bots, from Hope Chapel Academy and NASA JPL, J & F Machine, Raytheon, et al.
I would like to put together an article on the robot features that won the Xerox creativity awards. The purpose would be to try and get it published in a national engineering magazine and showcase the innovation that happens in these competitions.
While I can find out from the FIRST website WHO the award winners are, it does not cite the features of the robots that impressed the judges enough to make the award.
I realize that there are many innovative features that were included in most of the robots. Even some robots that do nothing but limbo sometimes have innovative features. But with a 4 or 5 page (or paragraph) article I just can’t cover them all. So I thought that limiting the list to award winners would keep things down to a managable size. (14 robots is still probably too many, but it’s easier to manage than 500)
So IF your robot won a Xerox Creativity award AND you remember what feature the judges cited in presenting the award would you please e-mail me? I have some questions I would like to ask. Also if you have some pictures of your feature(s) you could send it would be helpful. Or I can talk to you in FL
We could just hope that the engineering media will come to us, but if one of us who understands the game starts things, it’s much more likely that things won’t get garbled by the time they reach print (or electrons). Even if my version doesn’t get printed and I just hand it over to some reporter, at least I’ll know that the facts were straight when they got it.
Team 330 the Beach’Bots
(Who got a Xerox Award for our lift that picks up two balls simultaneously and rotates them into scoring position)