Each year FIRST reveals a different game, in which students must combine imagination and engineering to compete. FRC STRONGHOLD, the 2016 game, is played 3 vs. 3 on a split game field, and has a unique medieval theme. Each team has a castle (with high and low goals) and a outer works filled with 5 of 9 possible defenses. Each defense presents a unique challenge to the robot such as rough terrain, dry moat, or drawbridge. Points are scored when crossing the opponents defense, and when launching a boulder (foam ball) into your opponent’s castle goals. In the first 15 seconds, teams scores points by doing this autonomously. At the end, teams rush the castle to climb the wall for additional points.
The robot build season is limited to six weeks. During those six weeks, teams work to brainstorm, prototype and build a robot within the limitations, provided by FIRST, to complete the tasks of the game. At the end of these six weeks, we bag up our robot until our regional competitions, and if we qualify, to championships.