This section should discuss how the team plans on approaching the course and how the vehicle design relates to this approach. The course consists of multiple tasks with associated points for accomplishment. The only required task is passing through the start gate. Other tasks are optional and can be attempted in any order. The more tasks a vehicle is designed and engineered to accomplish, the more complex the overall vehicle system will be. The discussion should include the team’s consideration of the trade-offs between system complexity and reliability. For example, teams have a limited number of working hours to prepare for the competition; this time could be spent adding additional capabilities or testing and improving the reliability of an existing capability. As system complexity grows, changes in subsystems can propagate in unmanageable ways when time is limited. Clearly, the goal of a competition is to score more points than the other teams. There are many ways to do this. Studying past competitions may be instructive. Based on history and the system engineering talents of your current team, describe your strategic vision.
Exceptional (41-50): Detailed description of the team's strategic vision and how their vehicle design compliments their competition strategy. Detailed discussion on trade-off studies, between system complexity and reliability, during design development process.
Excellent (31-40): Sufficient details of the team's strategic vision and how their vehicle design compliments their competition strategy. Sufficient discussion on trade-off studies, between system complexity and reliability, during design development process.
Great (21-30): Team's strategic vision is clearly evident but not discussed in detail. Trade-off studies evident but lacking details.
Good (11-20): Brief mention of team’s strategic vision and trade-off studies.
Fair (1-10): Document hints at competition vision and trade-off studies.