Team Copioli: Building a Simple Robot

One of the goals for Build Blitz was to give the teams with very few resources some design ideas that were very simple, yet had the potential to have a significant impact on a match. From the outset on Team Copioli, we thought we would make a priority list, and only focus on the top 3-4 items on the list. We recognized our own resource limitations (mainly time), and wanted to showcase the power of simplicity. However, as the process has gone on we’ve had very quick success with our prototypes, allowing us to pursue more of the items on our priority list. As such, while our robot is still very simple to construct, it’s definitely not as simple as it could be, or as we had initially envisioned. We didn’t want to abandon the idea of simplicity, so we’ll take this blog post to talk about what we would build, if we were going with the simplest approach.

Let’s revisit our priority list from yesterday. For full details (and the complete list) take a look at this blog post. If we chose to remain simple while still maintaining competitiveness, we would focus on only the first five items.

1. Drive. Obviously, we would need to have a driving robot.

2. EJECT! EJECT! EJECT! Being able to release a ball is a must, otherwise you run the risk of choking your own alliance.

3. Receive from the Human Player. This the most basic way to enter a ball into play, and allows you to have the potential to be part of an assist.

4. Score Low. This only requires a somewhat controlled release, and gives you the potential to convert assists into actual points.

5. Pick up off the Ground. Our final priority. This greatly increases your assist potential, as you can now pick up any ball that’s been released by an alliance partner (or their human counterparts).

Combining just these 5 relatively simple tasks, would make you a strong asset to any alliance, even at the highest level. This type of robot could be a first round pick at most Regionals, and a second or third round pick at the Championship.

Remember, it’s better to do 5 things at 8 out of 10, than 8 things at 5 out of 10. “The jack of all trades is the master of none.” Simple can win championships. In fact, I’m in the building with one of those simple World Champions right now. unnamed