3 Off-Season Side Project Ideas
If you're like me, taking a break from the FIRST Robotics season is both a blessing and a curse. There seems to be more free time to do other things, but at the same time, it's also disappointing because I absolutely love the thrill of FIRST and all that there is to do.
As the pre-season starts, your team might be looking for something to do (other than siting in meetings and listening to people talk). A good way to use your time wisely is to work on some side projects. And we have came up with three that your team can do.
1. Build a Custom Drivers Station
This project can be as small or as large as you want it to be. I have seen teams do some ridiculously awesome things with their drivers station. From simple ones made out of plywood to hightech ones with LED lights, switch boards and controller holders.
As you think about what you might design, I gotta remind you of this: this drive station, and anything else your team builds, will reflect your team's brand. If you make a, for a lack of a better word, "crappy" drivers station, that will reflect a certain idea to those people around you. So make sure your drivers station is (1) within your teams branding theme and (2) reflects how your team wants to be portrayed.
2. Card Board Combat Robots
Now, this one is legit. If you have the time and can get the whole team in on this, you'll have a good ol' time! Another side project idea is to make miniature card board robots and battle against each other. If might work best if you use some of the VEX motors and building components to create your robots. But nonetheless, find whatever you can to make this work!
Check out the video below and see how Andymark did it.
3. A Robot Cart
If your looking for something that might be more on a "rookie" level, you can build robot cart. It's simple and can add a lot of value to your team if you make it right. It can also give students more training on the things and techniques that are used in the regular season.
You can make a cart that has storage space for batteries, bumpers and more stuff like that is needed for robot maintenance - anything you want! Just be creative and make sure you follow your team's brand guidelines to make it consistent.