It was a cold and slushy drive for our team this morning. Many thanks to everyone for waking up early to ensure we got into the pits on time and set up quickly.
As the day went on more and more carpools arrived…and our scouting team mobilized to chat with all of the other teams about their robots. Pit scouting is very important. We can get a close up look at the robots and interact with the teams. There are teams from far and wide that have come to compete. We’ve noticed a Mexican team near by that has been chanting and singing all day!
Our robot was one of the earliest on the field. We passed inspection quickly, and have been fine tuning programming for autonomous mode and attaching our new minibot deployment system.
We vastly improved our lunch time routine. This year we offered three restaurant choices, and got cash in advance, then brought a marker to label everyone’s sandwich/burger order with their name so we could distribute them with minimal chaos.
It is fun to be neighbors with our rookie friends both in the pits and in the stands. We can share our tools and pool our resources for scouting.
The afternoon proved interesting: we improved our minibot deployment once again. We dealt with some pneumatic leaks, and we had plenty of knitting lessons in the stands!
Our big purple family had dinner together at Swiss Chalet tonight. We’ve never had a reservation for 48 before! It was lots of fun–we celebrated RJ’s birthday with a song and a sundae complete with candle.
Pits open tomorrow at 8AM. Stay tuned to the webcast to see us in action!