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Preparing for a FIRST Competition

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  1. Preparing for a FIRST Competition

  2. Schedule • Arrive on Wednesday evening • Allowed to deliver robot and pit

  3. What Is A Pit? • Always wear your Safety Glasses in the Pit. Safety FIRST! • The pit is a 10x10 foot area alloted to teams to work on their robot, store their tools and batteries. • Organization of items within the pit area to work on the robot between matches is important • Shelves and other organizational utilities can be very useful

  4. The Pit • Points to remember • Identify self and sponsors • Organized as an efficient workspace • Stand out • Promo and display materials • Materials for judges • Easy build/tear down and transport

  5. Acting Safely At Competition • Get Enough Sleep • Caffeine in any form is not a substitute for sleep! • Eat Properly. • Our Pit needs to be clean and tid! Everythinghasa place. Put things away when you are done using them. • Teams are allowed only 5 people In the pit at any given time. Not ok to hang around the pit or workshop if you have nothing to do.

  6. Judges • Wear Blue Shirts • Appear early on Friday, are in the pits throughout the day and into Saturday • They are Judging our Team for many different kinds of awards, from Safety to Innovative Robot Design to how well we conduct STEM Outreach Major awards: Engineering Inspiration Chairman’s • All team members! We are experts about our team and our robot

  7. Scouting Why do we scout other teams? • To know your opponents or alliance partners strengths and weaknesses • For eliminations/playoffs – we need to know who would be best partners for our robot, Pit Scouting • Gather information by speaking to other teams in their pit on Thursday Data Collection & Recording These members watch the playing field and record statistics and robot capabilities of other teams

  8. Scouting Things to consider: • Performance vs. Strategy • Qualitative vs. Quantitative • General vs. Particular • Pit vs. Match vs. Both • Number of people available to scout

  9. More About Scouting • OK to seek and use other teams’ data • Lots of info posted on Chief Delphi and on both the Red Alliance and the Blue Alliance • Prior years results do not affect this year’s • Avoid reputation scouting • Data is your friend!

  10. Pit Crew • Replace battery on robot after every match • Check battery charge levels • Check major robot mechanisms after every match • Reboot laptop every so often • Talk to Judges • Talk to the Visiting Public • Talk to other teams who are pit scouting

  11. Team Spirit! • Cheering • Apparel – we have a daily team uniform • Flags – We give our flag to the MC • Banners • Mascot • Talking with other teams Team t-shirts! • Wear them for every event

  12. SWAG • Giveaways help brand and market our team. Also known as SWAG! Can be • Buttons/pins/Bracelets/necklaces • Pens/pencils/erasers/flash drives/stickers • Calendars/mini Tape Measures • Keychains (Our Winking Keytag) • Bandanas (Roborags!) • Stratasys 3D Printed Auger Keychains • What’s your favorite giveaway?

  13. Competition Safety • Use the Buddy system • Curfew – Mrs. Purdy checks! • Cell phones • Team contacts • Never give out team member’s phone number to a non-team member • Private information is private! • Sleep • Eat • Be respectful