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AMES Preseason Event

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We hope you are having a safe and enjoyable holiday season. 

Just a reminder, the AMES Preseason event is proceeding digitally this year. Changes were made to the timeline out of respect for the teams that have switched to remote learning in the past weeks. The submissions for each competition are now due on December 18th by 11:59 pm and the awards ceremony will be held via Zoom on January 5th, time to be determined. 

Coaches, we understand how hectic this time is for you especially. These competitions have been designed to be student led, student driven in the hope of not adding any additional stress to your already busy schedules. Students may compete as a team, in small groups, or individually. Please pass this information on to your team members. All questions should be directed to the AMES Amperes at 

Attached below are flyers with additional information for each of the competitions.

In addition, the CAD Competition rules have been updated to try to make things easier for each team competing. You can read these rule changes below:

AMES Amperes Preseason
CAD Competition Rules Update 1

Thank you for participating in our preseason CAD Competition! We’ve made a few changes to the rules that you’ve previously been sent in accordance with recommendations from prospective judges. Rule updates are as follows:

  • Two new judging criteria have been added to better focus on CAD best practices, rather than only focusing on mechanical design:
    • CAD Technique (Use of symmetry, efficient features, etc.)
    • Quality of Manufacturing drawings - It’s important to remember that while CAD models greatly help mechanical design, manufacturing drawings are the stepping stone between computer models and physical parts in the real world. With that in mind, machined parts should have manufacturing drawings created for them, and the drawings should be attached with the document when you submit.
  • To allow judging based on CAD technique, submissions should now be in their native filetypes, making sure to include all dependent files where applicable. To reduce any confusion for our judges, we will now be requesting that you create your model in Solidworks, Onshape, or Fusion 360. If your team would prefer to use a different CAD program, please contact us at the email address below.
  • To facilitate judging, teams must now include a model of the power cell in their CAD model. Dimensions for the power cell can be found in the FIRST Robotics Competition 2019-2020 manual.
  • The one page length limit for the document has been removed. Judges have provided feedback that they would not mind a longer document if it helps them understand the design process better.
  • Teams may reuse CAD models from previous seasons, as long as the design is changed or improved in some way from the original design.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions any team can do.

As always, please direct any questions or comments to, and we will be happy to answer them for you. Thank you for your continued support of our preseason event, and we’re excited to see you (virtually) soon!
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