The team robot build week season is from January – February. Regional competitions take place during March. We found out on Saturday, January 6, 2018 what this season’s build challenge will be.
The 2018 build is Power Up!, a three on three dynamic strategy game where milk crates/cubes are manipulated to score on a high balance scale or low balance scale.
The 2017 build was Steamworks, which invited two adventure clubs from an era when technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each three-team alliance scored points and prepared to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match was the best prepared for the race and won.
The 2016 build was Stronghold, a medieval-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots scored points by picking up a 10″ ball, crossing obstacles called defences, and shooting the ball into a goal. The field had a castle that was to be captured by the alliance per the medieval theme of the game.
The 2015 build was RECYCLE RUSH, a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.
The Cedarburg HexHounds won the Creativity Award at the 2015 competition for their design of a floating rear axle suspension system. This award-winning design helped their robot keep all four mecanim wheels on the ground at all times, which is necessary as the robot traverses different terrain throughout the challenge field.
The 2014 build was Aerial Assist, a game in which our robot had to cooperate with other robots on an alliance to throw a 2′ diameter ball through a goal about 7′ off the ground.