Click here The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition season has officially begun! Team 2337 attended their local kickoff at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. After the official game announcement, the EngiNERDs attended a strategy brainstorming session. Kettering University was Gracious enough to lend the EngiNERDs a classroom in the Academic Building for this meeting. A special thanks goes out to Bob Nichols for the wonderful accommodations.The purpose of this brainstorming session was to discover all of the possible game play strategies for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition game, Breakaway. Students of Team 2337 played a board game specifically tailored for Breakaway, designed by one of the Team’s Mentors, Clinton Bolinger. The intention was to allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves into the game, and create an environment where the best strategy will win, rather than the best robot design.
After reading the manual to better understand the rules of Breakaway, students used pawns to represent robots, and bingo chips to represent game pieces. Throughout the afternoon, students worked in pairs to develop strategies that could be translated into the game play, and eventually into the actual design of the Team’s Robot.
Students used the knowledge that they gained during their participation in game play to come up with a list of Robot functions and game strategies and ranked them according to their agreement with the Team's overall goals. As the build season progresses, the EngiNERDs will refer back to the list of strategies and robot functions to ensure that the final designs and prototypes will meet the goals set. This list will provide the Team with a starting and end point during the build season, and allow them to set goals for deliverables and completion dates on various projects.
The EngiNERDs left their brainstorming session with a stomach full of pizza and Mountain Dew, and a great strategy for Breakaway. They are excited to see how the build season progresses, and how the strategies that were developed align with the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition game. The hope is that this brainstormong session will have produced enough knowledge and strategies to guide the EngiNERDs to a successful season.
Please continue to check back with the Team's site to discover more about our plans and activities for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition season, Breakaway. Also remember to read our new student blog section. This new feature includes articles written by team Student members and Mentors, describing their roles, responsibilites and experiences with Team 2337 throughout the 2010 season. Best of luck to all Teams!