Walking into the shop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19th, people were ready for the 14-hour right-of-passage that is Bag Day, more commonly known as Stop Build Day.
Stop Build Day has been a annual tradition of the FIRST Robotics Competition, ever since the first game back in 1992, when teams were required to send off their robot in a crate by the 6th week of Build Season. Eventually, this transformed into teams doing a “bag and tag” of their robot, bagging them with a numbered tag, ceasing robot construction until the pits open at their first 4 day qualifier (or a limited 6 hours of “out-of-bag” time for 3 day qualifiers). However, this year marks the last year of this ritual being practiced, giving more time for teams to build their robot while observing certain holidays and school breaks, and allowing teams with financial limitation more time to build.
This article will be an hourly recap from beginning to end of the final Bag Day.
The Gearheads 2019 Destination Deepspace robot spent the last 6 weeks, nameless. Risking that it would never go to heaven, doomed to purgatory as an un-christened robot if anything happened to it. But on Bagday, it earned its name. Specifically when Chris "Closed on Tuesdays" Fong took some time away from the shop to eat a Carolina Reaper--the hottest pepper on earth.
Reaper is a SPICY, Muy Caliente, robot design that is one of the most complex undertaken by the team in its 16 seasons.