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Robotics Competition

Robotics Competes

The FIRST ® STEAMWORKS Overview FIRST® STEAMWORKS, the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, invites two adventurers’ clubs, in an era where steam power reigns, to prepare their airships for a long distance race.

Each three-team alliance prepares in three ways:

1. Build steam pressure. Robots collect fuel (balls) and score it in their boiler via high and low efficiency goals. Boilers turn fuel into steam pressure which is stored in the steam tank on their airship – but it takes more fuel in the low efficiency goal to build steam than the high efficiency goal.

2. Start rotors. Robots deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Once the gear train is complete, they turn the crank to start the rotor.

3. Prepare for flight. Robots must latch on to their airship before launch (the end of the match) by ascending their ropes to signal that they’re ready for takeoff.

FIRST STEAMWORKS playing area each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate only on preprogrammed instructions. During this period, robots work to support the three efforts listed above and also get points for crossing their baseline.

 Auto Point Values Action Value Cross the baseline 5 match points 1 fuel in high efficiency goal 1 match point, 1 kPa 3 fuel in low efficiency goal 1 match point, 1 kPa Rotor turning 60 match points.

During the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, the teleoperated period, student drivers control robots. Teams on an alliance work together to build as much pressure and start as many rotors as possible – but they have to be sure they leave enough time to latch on to their airship before the end of the match. Points for these efforts are awarded as shown in

Teleop Point Values Action Value 3 fuel in high efficiency goal 1 match point, 1 kPa 9 fuel in low efficiency goal 1 match point, 1 kPa Rotor turning 40 match points


The Hicksville J-birds came in 32nd out of 55 teams at the SBPLI Long Island Reginal. Out lifting mechanism burned out and was unable to lift at the end of the matches. Team 2638 The Rebels from Great Neck NY gave the J-Birds a motor that we were able to switch out and replace our lifting mechanism. We were able to start lifting at the end of the matches on Saturday morning. Kids did a great job bouncing back.