How often does the team meet?
In the beginning of fall we meet every Monday, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. Starting in October, we add a Thursday meeting at the same time. This is subject to change based on the requirements of our hosts at ASD, and expands significantly once build season starts. You can find an up-to-date schedule on the ‘Calendar’ tab of our website or click here.
When is build season, then?
This season begins with Kickoff on January 5th, and lasts through Stop Build Day on February 19th. Over this period, the team will make an effort to meet 5 days per week, including the weekend. While you don’t have to come in for every meeting, we’d appreciate it if you tried to make as many as possible.
What’s this ‘battlecry’ I keep hearing about?
WPI Battlecry is an annual, unofficial competition held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It’s a chance for any student on the team to try driving our robot, and network with other teams we’ll be seeing in competitions. This takes place in May after the official season is over.
I don’t know what to do- who can I ask for help?
When in doubt, check your email and Slack – you’ll often have received instructions from your subteam leader recently. If not, you can send them an email, ask in your team channel on Slack or find them in person at the next meeting.
I’m not receiving team emails- what can I do?
Talk to Mr. Brockway, sooner rather than later.
How do competitions work?
Unofficial competitions vary in their rules. Official competitions, however, tend to follow the same structure. Teams compete in a series of qualifier matches with random allies, sorted over the course of dozens of games into a leader board. The top eight teams then select allies, forming the eight 3-team alliances that participate in the finals. High enough performance in the finals (or combined, across multiple competitions at the same level) will bring the team into the next tier of competition. Teams that win the Chairman’s award are automatically sent to the next level of competition.
What are this year’s game rules?