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The entire competition seemed to be based around that idea that "just because you made it you're a winner".
"just because you made it you're a winner".
I have not participated in FIRST competitions, because when I grew up in highschool there was nothing like this in Romania. I learned robotics on my own, as a hobby, just because I am passionate about it.
This leaves no reason or drive to further develop a robot/or any other project you may have...which of course will hit you hard some time later in your life when you realize that you actually can lose at somethings and have no one to hold your hand through the ordeal...
Quote from: Ro-Bot-X on October 05, 2010, 06:03:38 AMI have not participated in FIRST competitions, because when I grew up in highschool there was nothing like this in Romania. I learned robotics on my own, as a hobby, just because I am passionate about it.I'll second that, ... There is just no one-size-fits-all way of teaching engineering. Self-study on engineering is a more strengthening experience, in my opinion.
For us hobbyists, we have to spend our Own money on components, building materials etc. This motivates us to make the most of what we have instead of being wasteful. If we create inefficient designs or poorly fabricate robot parts, then the consequence will be more money wasted on new material to construct a better design. In addition, if you purchase a bunch of stuff you don't really know how to use...(memories of your $50 robot anyone? )...you will be more motivated to learn how to use/work with whatever you bought, than if someone just gave it to you for free.
Our team spent several thousand dollars on a robot that came in 39th place and was 150% the weight limit. This obviously doesn't make sense from any perspective unless you look at it this way:slacker 1: hey these are really cool looking wheels I just found on [shady looking website]slacker 2: yeah those are really cool lets order them.(the wheels are ordered and two to three days go by)supervisor: where did these wheels come from?slacker 1 or 2, it doesn't matter: [insert other slacker] wanted to order them, and excuses excuses excuses.In the end the wheels would be completely impractical (soft rubber treads on a live axle) and also against the rules, so there goes whatever they cost plus fast shipping. You can see how I refuse to be a mentor this year or any year for that matter.Also a nice summary would be that FIRST doesn't believe in the second half of trial and error.