2014 Challenge - Aerial Assist
On January 4, the FIRST organization announced the year’s challenge! It is called "Aerial Assist" and is centered on the values of teamwork.
Two alliances of three robots each compete to score balls into goals on their side of the field. The playing ground is divided into three separate sections: Blue Alliance, Neutral, and Red Alliance. All machines start in the neutral zone, facing their alliance zone.
Points are made from passing and scoring the ball. Passing the ball to another robot in a different zone that is closer to the goal gives ten points and can be stacked up to thirty points before requiring to be scored. Shooting the ball through the low goal grants one point, while the high one provides ten. Also, there is a truss, a metal bar, going horizontally across the neutral zone. Shooting over that immediately toward the correct goal rewards ten points and will gain an additional ten points if the ball is caught by an ally.
Not all of the competition is gaining a higher score. Preventing the opposing side from collecting more points is yet another aspect. Blocking passes and shots on the field, with an extra allowed height advantage in the goalie zones, is one more challenge. Robots are allowed to push others for up to six seconds at a time, with three second pauses in-between each time.
As always, there is a short period in the beginning of each game where the robots are fully automated. In this ten second autonomous mode, shooting into a goal gets a five point bonus along with the standard amount. The high goals will be randomly highlighted for 5 seconds and will grant an additional five points if scored in while lit. For each machine that drives forward into their own zone in front of the goals, the alliance will earn five bonus points.
Needless to say, Shockwave will be hard at work for a long time. Diligently progressing from 6:30 to 9:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays ensures that they will go far and gain precious knowledge and experience!
For More Information Visit: The Official FIRST Website
2013 Challenge - Ultimate Ascent
This year's challenge was released in January 2013 during the kickoff event!
ULTIMATE ASCENT is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. Source: FIRST
Phantom - The Robot
Please watch the 2012 Kickoff video to learn more about FIRST and why we all got involved with this great program.