In addition to serving as a role models, their presence and contribution, particularly this year, is shown in a significant enhancement in prototyping. Alumni who have returned this year include Kyleigh Brown, Jared Lejda, Tyler Fitts, Bryce Burke, and Frank Csorba.
This year First Inspires has introduced a new type of compressible ball that can compress and does not transport or move well through the interior space (i.e. to the shooter). To address the issues of handling the ball, the team is prototyping a shooter, ball pickup and capture and a transportation/handling and indexing system to overcome the game challenges resulting from the game piece.
Skrappy’s returning Alumni mentors are making a difference in the team’s progress to being ready for the 2020 season competition. In the past, the shooter has been the hardest component to build and Skrappy has with one exception, failed to develop a long-range shooter. One of the prototypes tests shows the progress and a potential for a long-range shooter. The accuracy is impressive at this stage of development.