Past Robots 2007 – 2011

2007 – Rack ‘n Roll

The Game:

Robots hang inner tubes of their alliance color on an octagonal rack. Alliances earn bonus points for multiple inner tubes of their color in a row or column, like tic-tac-toe.

Our Robot:

New and Interesting:

Robots were allowed flexibility in their size and weight. Heavier robots had to be shorter, whereas lighter robots could be taller.

The Competitions:

Team 20 is in this video – we were on the red alliance. Look for the robot marked with “20”. 1305 teams competed in 37 regionals.

 

2008 – FIRST Overdrive

The Game:

Robots earn points by doing laps around a track. Alliances can also earn points by hurdling a large exercise ball over a bridge.

Our Robot:

The winner of the Finger Lakes and Boston Regionals, and a division semifinalist in Championships!

New and Interesting:

The autonomous mode in Overdrive wasn’t completely autonomous. Teams were allowed to use a TV remote, with up to 4 commands, to control their robot. Robots could only move around the field in one direction, like in a racetrack.

The Competitions:

The Team 20 highlights reel from the Boston Regional. 1508 teams competed in 41 regionals.

 

2009 – Lunacy

The Game:

Each robot had a trailer attached to it. The objective of the game was to put balls (“moon-rocks”) in opponent trailers.

Our Robot:

New and Interesting:

The field was covered with a slick surface called “regolith”, and all robots were required to use wheels that slipped on the regolith. The result was a low-traction environment for all robots. Also, Lunacy had a very minimalist field design – other robots were the game pieces.

The Competitions:

The Team 20 highlights reel from the Granite State Regional. 1677 teams competed in 43 regionals.

 

2010 – Breakaway FIRST

The Game:

A soccer-like game, except with bumps dividing the field into thirds. In order to get from one part of the field to another, robots had to either traverse the bumps or go under allow tunnel, making offense-midfield-defense play logical. Also, there are 2 goals per side and 12 balls, up from the traditional 1 and 1, respectively.

Our Robot:

The WPI Regional winner, and a division semifinalist at Championships!

New and Interesting:

An innovative field management system kept automatic score and made returning scored balls into play easy.

The Competitions:

Team 20 in the semifinals at WPI (and getting stuck on top of a soccer ball). 1811 teams competed in 43 regionals.

 

2011 – Logo Motion

The Game:

This game used inner tubes shaped like the FIRST logo. The objective of the game was to pick up and hang as many of the tubes possible in order to score the most points. The end game was to deploy a mini-bot to race up a pole for bonus points according to your place.

Our Robot:

New and Interesting:

The endgame in Logo Motion was fairly interesting. The minibot was a fun thing to build and experiment with.

The Competitions:

Team 20 in the final round at the Granite State Regional. 2,075 teams competed in 50 regionals.

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