IT’S TIME TO CHILL OUT.
In January, the largest and most complex high school robotics competition begins. The FIRST Robotics Competition is where a team, no matter how large or small, builds a robot in six weeks and then competes against multiple teams. Teams are given the bare necessities and a rulebook then, left on their own to innovate a new solution to the challenge. This means as long as it’s allowed in the game’s rulebook, anything goes. FIRST Robotics Competition typically contains a fair amount advanced fabrication, complex design, critical thinking, amazing creativity, and demanding competition.
Unlike seasons before last, this team and organization of mentors and students have achieved a huge amount. Last year alone, the team made it to finals in the Mount Vernon District competition, finishing as part of the 2nd Alliance. The team then advanced to the Pacific Northwest District Championship, finishing a couple of positions shy of qualifying for the World Championship in Detriot!
FIRST ® STEAMWORKS
The FIRST ® Robotics Competition 2017 Game
The adventure began January 6, 2018
FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind, TM where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 – 18/grades 9 – 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.
Teams work together and build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult Mentors. Teams then compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at more than 140 events worldwide – all leading up to the 2017 FIRST® Championships April 18 – 21 in Houston, TX and April 25 – 28 in Detroit, MI.
FIRST POWER UP
Basic Game overview
Two alliances Red & Blue
The playing field is roughly the same size as a basketball court with one scale in the center and two switches on either side
The idea is they’re “trapped” in a video game and have to use the “power cubes” to gain points
Power cubes are fabric covered milk crates that the robot has to grab and place them on switches, scales, and pass them through an exchange to the human operators
When power cubes are placed on the switch and scales and tilt in favor of a certain alliance, it generates a certain amount of points per second for that alliance
When power cubes are put through the exchange the human operators can either put them in a vault to gain certain power-ups or give them back to the robot to use on the playing field
After the three minute round, all the robots attempt to climb up to the boss (a 12-inch climb) and each robot that successfully makes the climb gains a certain amount of points
The alliance with the most points defeats the boss and wins the match