This past Saturday, the SuperNURDs attended the FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff for our 2017 build season. The event was held at the ViaSat campus in Carlsbad and was attended by more than a dozen North County robotics teams. In the game reveal we were presented with FIRST SteamWorks. It is a steam punk themed game. Teams compete and score points by building steam pressure, starting rotors for the field airship, and latch their robots to the airships via ropes.
The game was introduced via worldwide Comcast NBC Universal by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and founder of FIRST robotics. After the kick-off, we headed up to Trade Tech High School where we joined 11 other teams: 3255 SuperNURDs, 6695 Alpha Knights, 6659 Cougar Robotics, 5137 Iron Kodiaks, 4014 Top Hat Technicians, 1622 Team Spyder, 2839 The Daedalus Project, 4919 LeoDroids, 4486 Blue Prints 3021, The Agency, and 6382 RBV Robotics to discuss this year’s game.
We begin by splitting off in to different groups to get a better understanding of the rules. Some students did not take part in the group discussion, they along with a few mentors began to design, cut, and assemble the complex field elements. We all are looking forward to the next 6 weeks of build season working almost every day after school and on Saturdays. During that time we will be designing and building a robot that we hope will be our ticket back to the World Championship. Go SuperNURDS!
Below there are links to the official FIRST Robotics game info as well as an overview of what the teams at Trade Tech discussed during kick-off.