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2018 - Power Up
Number of Teams:
3,660 teams with roughly:
from 27 countries with
(2,682 teams from the United States of America)
63 Regional Competitions
95 District Qualifying Competitions
9 District Championships
2 World Championship
1 Festival of Champions
2 sizes allowed: 36" x 40" x 24" tall
or 30" x 32" x 36" tall
at a times during the match
Bumpers are mandatory
120 pounds excluding battery and bumpers
Basic Game Descriptions:
The game has a steam punk theme and teams are required to shoot whiffle balls which represent fuel into a simulated boiler which transfers the generated steam into an airship in the middle of the field. Each alliance has one airship, which they pressurize with steam from the boiler and load with plastic gears from the field. At the end of the match, robots can climb and hang on team-supplied ropes (or standard ropes supplied by FIRST) attached to the airship for additional points.
CHS District Northern Virginia
March 2 - March 4
Our trip to Virgina was quite the experience. We decided to fly down and were met with quite the challenge. Our airplane was grounded for repairs and after a while we drove to Detroit to catch another flight, only to find it was delayed because of a snow storm. The students were real troopers in how they handled the delay in our plans and found ways to try to pass the time.
Finally after an entire day at the airport, we finally arrived in Virgina and our hotel rooms for a well deserved half-a-night's sleep.
The next day the team headed out to see some of Washington DC's wonderful monuments, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the White House.
The next day at our competition, we were greeted with a generator truck which was powering the building since the whole county was out of power due to the wind storm.
During the two days of competition we rode an emotional roller coaster. We did really well in the beginning and then ran into some problems. One of the problems was that many of our motors burned up, causing the robot to smoke many times out on the field and we experienced a failure to move.
The team really stepped up and worked hard, coordinating very well together as we repaired the bot. Through persistence, hope and determination the students came together and fixed the robot in time for us to be picked for finals. With our alliance (team #422 Mech Tech Dragons from Richmond, Virgina and #3274 Rocktown Robotics from Harrisonburg, Virgina) we blazed through the stages and won first place!
We placed #19 out of 40 teams overall. The team had a blast and made some new friends. We were able to see how other teams approached the engineering task differently. Our overall experience was a fantastic and awe-inspiring time. It was great to see that not giving up can have its rewards.
Team picture after winning first place
Snow storm caused our fight to be delayed.
The students being real troopers and hanging in there at the airport
The Students playing a round of spoons with highlighters!
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall)
Lunch time at a Pizza Place named Pi
The Lincoln Memorial
the Washington Monument
The team in the pit
Pit scouting. A team is asking us questions about our robot and strategies. The 2 students are giving them the answers.
Repairs in progress
Buttons! Buttons! Who wants a Button?!
The students talking with the judges
Working away on Repairs
Smiles all around.
Checking over the robot
We won First Place!
Winning Alliance Teams! Teams #422 and #3274 with our WOBOTS all mixed in.
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Rocket City Regional
March 14 - March 17
We had a wonderful time down in Huntsville, Alabama. The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm. We were able to enjoy the beautiful landscaping around the venue during lunch breaks. Everyone was friendly and pleasant, very welcoming.
The team did very well. We tried new strategies and improved our past ones. The team made new friends and were able to see new styles/approaches to designing the robot. One team we helped was Rookie team #7111 RAD Robotics from Madison, Alabama. (which ended up being the Rookie All Star Winners. Congrats!). The team was also able to attend several of the workshop seminars that were available, as well as talk to different vendors from many companies and colleges.
On Friday night, we were treated to a spaghetti dinner/social at the US Space Center. We got to eat under a Saturn V rocket. How many people can say that?
The Museum was open for us to wander through and interact with the exhibits; the beginning for space exploration, a walk through the ISS, wandering through the Rocket garden, and riding the different rides. Everyone had a fun time and learned a lot of new things about the astronauts and NASA program.
While the students' bonds grew stronger they worked very hard as a team. A good majority of the competition, we were sitting in the top 11 ranking spots. After all of the matches were played we were ranked 19th out of 43 teams.
Our team was asked to join the 3rd Alliance with teams #4087 Falcon Robotics from New Orleans, Louisiana and #5410 Eaglebotics from Pompano Beach, Florida. The teams fought hard but lost in the Semifinals during the tie breaker.
Our team was honored with winning the Innovation in Control Award for coding our autonomous and for our swerve drive system.
Alabama was a wonderful experience all around and we look forward to coming back in the future.
Thank you Alabama!
Team pic after winning the Innovation in Controls Award.
A picture of the trophy with the sunset.
Maddison, our safety captain, is ready and excited to do her best to represent the team,
A group of students talking to the judges.
Our pit crew working on inspections between matches.
Our scouting team working away. A very important part of the selection process for finals.
Everyone was given the chance to attend conferences on variuos topics during the day. At least 2 of our students are attending this one. (the first two sitting in the front row)
Having a little fun in the stands between matches.
Birds eye view of the pit.
Eliot working hard on wheel brackets.
We were super excited to see these 2 star wars charcters!!!!! R2D2 and BB8!!!!! Thank you for bringing them!
Wobot making friends with the RadioActive Roaches #2556 mascot!
Elliot as one of our Human players!
Donald E. Bossi, President of FIRST, came and gave a quick speech of encouragement to everyone.
A collage of the venue and the team inside working and having fun
The students playing games on the bus.
A team photo out by the fountain
A collage of our time at NASA for a spaghetti social party.
A walk in the rocket garden... there huge!!!
The students having fun hanging out and learing what it's like to be an Astronauts.
The team experiencing a simulation of the rockets take - off blast.
Kelsey looking a the everyday items the astronauts used while in space.
A model display of the future rockets.
Students played as a flight of birds migrating to the warmer climate. They had to flap their arms for speed and angle their bodies (side to side, up and down) for the direction of their flight path. It was alot of fun and a lot harder then it sounds.
The students played a simulation of flighting a jet fighter.
Smile. Cayla is between the view from the space craft and earth.
Our safety captain in action... patching up a students minor injury on his knees.
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First in Michigan - West Michigan Event
March 23 - March 25, 2017
Once again, the team had a great time at Grand Valley State University. We checked out the campus and competed with teams from all around West Michigan and beyond. We saw some of our friends from last year's competition. A huge bonus was having our friends and family join us to cheer on the team and share the benefits of all their hard work.
The team was on fire with 9 wins and 3 losses. The drive team had their heads in gear and came up with some great strategies.
At the end of the qualification matches, we were 5th out of 40 teams. We were moved up to the 4th alliance as captains, and recruited teams 4004's M.A.R.S. Rovers and team 2054's Tech Vikes. Although we ran into several difficulties through the finals, (e.g. burning out motors, elevator falling off and/or not working, etc.), we overcame with the help of the pit team. Amazingly, the pit team replaced the motors in under five minutes during a time out! Through the wins and losses, our alliance climbed our way through the quarter finals and finished in the semi finals.
The team won the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and was also a runner up for the Safety Award.
To top off a spectacular day, Drew became a Michigan Deans list finalist, moving to compete for the title at a state level.
Team picture after winning the Entrepreneurship Award.
A collage of a good share of our alumni / wobot family visiting and /or working at the event. We are always so happy to see them!
A picture of our drive team.
The students talking with 9 different judges at this one time.
Pit crew working on inspection checks between matches.
Maddison, our safety captain, talking to the safety judges. Our team was a runner up for the Safety Award.
Pit crew working on checks between matches.
Family and friends come to support the team.
We adore the children of our team mentors/members coming to the events.
Our drive team.
Our robot getting into position to put another cube on the scale.
Our drive team chatting while waiting for our next match.
Our scouting team busy at work.
The students taking a break from scouting and dancing at a time out.
The MC waving our flag while announcing our team!
Lizzy, one of our Human players, gives the drive team a thumbs up.
Drive team watching the match while waiting in que for our next match.
Elli, another Human Player, is ready to push the cube threw the portal when needed.
Livia, our student photographer, is taking pictures while our robot is putting a cube into the switch.
Maddison, another Human Player, is waiting to push the cube threw the portal when the time is right.
Drive team getting their gear ready for the robot removal from the field.
Matthew, another Human Player, is pushing the cube out the portal for one of our alliance robots.
Our robot putting a cube on the scale.
The team working very hard going through the scouting information to develop our pick list for alliance partners in the finals.
Duncan is our representative and is picking our alliance partners.
Duncan is conversing with our first alliance pick (M.A.R.S. Rovers 4004) to compare notes on the second alliance pick.
The team rep for the second alliance pick is giving her answer if they want to join. Team 2054 Tech Vikes said yes. :)
Captains meeting before matches started.
The build team worked super fast with repairs and checks before finals started.
Drew won Dean's List and is getting congratulatory hand shakes from the judges.
Drew is getting an official picture taken for winning the Dean's List. Congrats Drew!
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First in Michigan - Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
April 5 - April 7
Competing in the U. P. (Upper Peninsula) was a nice change. We were able to play against and create new friendships with many of the teams from the U.P. and Canada.
The team did extremely well. Our record was amazing with 11 wins and 1 loss. We ranked 1st place out of 40 teams. Being the 1st alliance captain we selected teams #4391, BraveBots (from Gladstone, Michigan) and #4988, Yooper Troopers (from Cedarville, Michigan) to join us. We played really hard and made it to the semi finals.
Along with the great playing the team also won the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
One bonus for playing at Lake Superior State University was that the students were able to take a school campus tour. One of the highlights of the tour was a robot that has been programed to solve a Rubik's cube.
Many of our team parents braved the white out snow conditions to come and support us. They brought snacks, pom poms, and numbers to cheer the students on.
For dinner we headed to a local diner called Antlers. It is a unique restaurant with taxidermy as their decoration and they served very good hearty food. The best part of our visit was the warm welcome they gave us with a round of "Bells and Whistles," which featured a dozen different lights, bells, and whistles.
During the evening after all the hard work at competitions it's nice to have down time where the team could hang out together. We played checkers, card games, swam in the pool, and had a dance party in the lobby.
Our overall experience was a great one.
Team Photo after winning the Entrepreneurship Award.
Team photo with the Mackinaw Bridge in the background. What a beautiful day!
The Pit Crew going over there plan for tomorrow's matches. It's been a long day and they're ready for bed... what troopers.
Calibrating the robot during practice day.
Our Team Mom's made some great numbers to help cheer the team on.
A side view of the drive team.
Lizzy, ready for the right moment to insert a cube for an alliance robot.
Matthew, human player, watching and waiting to insert a cube into play.
A view of our robot climbing the bar during the end game!
The drive team patiently waiting for their match.
Our scouting team up at the top of the stands to get a birds eye view of the matches.
Elli, human player, ready to push the cube onto the field.
Both of our coaches, talking strategies for our next match.
Our photographer, Livia, taking video this match.
Our robot climbing the bar at the end of the game.
Drive team talking with one of our alliance partners before the next match.
Maddison, human player, watching and waiting for a robot to come and get a block.
Our team representative, Drew, is picking our two alliance partners to play in the finals. The team played really well and ended up being the top team in the qualifying matches. 1 out of 40 teams
One of the signs that was hung out side the auditorium.
The pit crew working very fast between the final matches.
Our trophy and plaque for winning the Entrepreneurship Award.
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Michigan FRC State Championship
Michigan State Competition
April 11 - April 14
For the second year, State Championships were held at Ryder Center at Saginaw Valley State University. 104 teams (out of 508 teams) from all over Michigan came together to compete for first place and a chance to move on to Championships. For the second year in a row we were one of 40 teams assigned to Ford Field (which is one of the four fields named after sponsors).
The team played hard and had a lot of fun making friendships with new and neighboring teams from all over the state. The team ranked 8th out of 40 teams with the record of 7 wins - 5 losses. With being Alliance Captain #6 we asked teams #3604 Goon Squad (from Brownstown, Michigan) and team #6753 CBA RoboKings (from Midland, Michigan) to join us. We made it to the quarterfinals but lost with three very close nail-biting matches.
The name of our assigned field. One of the four fields.
The team working together, reviewing scouting sheets, to form a list of potential alliance partners.
The students are setting up the robot before one of our matches
Looking threw the glass at the drive team before the match begins.
Our teams family - friends and students in the stands watching and cheering on our team.
Our drive team concentrating while playing a match.
Our robot grabbing a cube and working it's way to one of the scales.
The score board is showing that we had accomplished every task allowed before the last 30 seconds of the game.
Our team captain, trying to figure out who our 2nd team would be to join us to form the 6th alliance.
Our team waiting in the drivers section with the rest of our alliance partners as teleop was running.
Our robot is placing a cube on to the larger scale to help keep in on our side.
One of our team parents made and brought a bunch of signs with our mascot on to cheer the team on with.
On Dean's List winner Drew with his mentor, Pat Lamotte, in the pit before his interview for the next level.
The founder of first Dean Kamen came and gave the teams words of encouragement.
Our State Governor Rick Snyder also came to encourage and support the teams of Michigan.
Our Team was recognized and awarded for having all four levels of first in our school district.
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April 25- April 28
Nationals.... has been and always will be incredible. It's a completely awe-inspiring experience, one that is not only fun but educational for everyone involved. With 405 teams (from around the world) playing on 6 fields (that alone will keep you busy with competing), you stay busy with exploring the pits and looking for best practices. We were able to make friendships and see the different techniques the other teams used in building robots.
One unique opportunity about worlds is the fact that all four levels of FIRST are in one location. This year the Championships moved from their former location in St. Louis to Detroit, Michigan. The Cobo Center was a very nice location to hold the event, with the bonus that everything was held under one roof. Students were able to watch and mingle with the younger teams from the other levels. This not only creates future friendships but also inspires the younger generations to continue this amazing path with STEM.
Along with competing.... team members are given the opportunity to explore the Innovation Fair (which has several of the major sponsors of FIRST), Scholarship Row (which has several colleges there for students to talk to), and there are many conferences for everyone to attend. The conferences range from the latest science opportunities, involving your team with your community, and the various tools that are used on teams. Every year we have a great time and learn a lot. We explore/ experience as much as possible while keeping our focus on the playing field and playing a great game.
The students played very well and against some very tough teams. We ended up in 5th place out of 68 teams (with 7 wins - 3 losses) on the Daly Field. As the 5th Alliance Captains we then recruited teams #2013 Cybergnomes (from Clearview Twp., Ontario, Canada), #2706 Merge Range (from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), and #1189 The Gearheads (from Grosse Pointe, Michigan). The students put their head in the game and made it into the Final round. While the students worked hard driving, strategizing plays, and dealing with repairing the robot we unfortunately lost in the final round with 1 win - 2 losses which placed us in 2nd place. The students were very proud for making it to 2nd place and wore their medals proudly.
Even with our loss the team can be very proud with all of their accomplishments; knowing they played their best, had lots of fun, and came back with more education then they began with. They also brought home some hardware in the form of a finalist trophy! What a great finish!
Team photo at Championships in Detroit , Michigan
An outside view of Cobo Center where the competitions were held for the first time this year.
The over head screen displaying this years game (Power Up) and what Field we were playing on this year (Daly).
Our team parents and students showing their support; cheering before a match.
Our students hard at work, scouting during matches.
Our mascot and some of our students having some fun dancing between matches.
Cayla, one of our student coaches, waving to the crowd after setting up the driving station.
Students exploring and testing new technology at the Innovation fair.
Students talking about a tech devise at the Innovation fair.
Students watching a spider styled walking /jumping robot being displayed at the Innovation fair.
Andymark had a huge display of different light systems they supply along with other tools.
Andymark also had a large display of different wheels available in their stock.
Drew, on e of our other driving coaches, setting up the driving station before a match.
One of our human players.
Students working together at the practice fields.
The programing team putting their heads together watching and solving problems while at the practice fields.
The team traveling around the building.
The team working together, reviewing scouting sheets, to form a list of potential alliance partners.
The screen view of our alliance captain while choosing our pick of alliance teams.
A picture of all four team representatives together during the alliance pick. From left to right : Team #2013, Team #141, Team # 2706, and Team #1189.
The announcement of our team while the MC waving our flag.
Another one of our Human Players.
A picture of our alliance teams while playing a match.
Our robot putting a cube on the taller scale to keep it on our side.
Our robot has put our hooks on the pole so we can lift up off the ground in the last 30 seconds.
Our alliance teams focused during a match
The team taking our robot down from hanging on the pole.
A close up of our robot putting a cube on the scale.
The team strategizing and then looked up at the stands and waved hello during a time out.
The drive team double checking the robot during a time out.
The team technician pushing the robot from the field to the pits.
Our alliance lining up to do the famous hand shake before the final rounds start.
A close up of our team during the line up before the hand shake.
The banner that was above the playing field.
The first match played in the final rounds.
The line up of what teams where playing in the final rounds.
Four of our mentors and one student posing with Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder in our pit.
A group photo of our alliance team with medals and trophy's.
Four of our students proudly displaying their medals , trophy, and plaque for being Daly's Subdivision 's 2nd place winners.
One of our students posing with a student from our alliance parnter #2013 Cybergnomes.
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