FIRST Robotics is back for the 2018 season with a brand new game, FIRST PowerUp! As usual, the competition places two alliances composed of three teams each against each other in a competition of science and technology. This year brings much of common qualities of FIRST, but now with a retro theme! Teams must battle against each other to take control of the field and earn points and facing unique engineering challenges, with this year having unique power-ups changing the dynamics of the game.
As last year, teams are greeted with a 15 second autonomous in which the robot controls itself. Robots collect Power Cubes and place them on Plates to control Switches or the Scale, when the Scale or their Switch is tipped in their favor, it is considered owned by that Alliance. Alliances work to have Ownership for as much time as possible, as this is how score is accumulated. A unique piece of this years game is the correlation of time and points, a new aspect for FIRST Robotics. This year is met with three unique power-ups: Force, Levitate, and Boost. These three pieces add to the strategy of the game like never before, and human players need to work together to utilize these pieces to the maximum extent. This year’s end game features the challenge of ascending the Scale to “Face The Boss!” With the rung only being 13 inches long, three robots must try to find a way to ascend!
As always, teams around the world will come together to demonstrate the highest levels of engineering and critical thinking, all while maintaining gracious professionalism. Teams will work for the next six weeks to try to succeed in all of the challenges. Good Luck!
Written by Smeet, a FIRST team 126 member