“Rebound Rumble” was based off of basketball. During a match our robot would try to collect small basketballs and throw them into basketball hoops of varying heights and point values. The field was divided by a small bump with teeter-totter “bridges”. That year, FIRST added a twist to the autonomous period at the beginning of the round: one team per alliance could use the Microsoft Kinect to control the robot in a new “hybrid” mode. The end-game required teams to balance on the bridges in the middle of the field for bonus points, and had the opportunity to gain rank-affecting “coopertition” points by balancing with the other alliance on the middle bridge. That year, FIRST Team 1764 competed at the Kansas City and Colorado Regionals. The team earned the Industrial Safety Award and Entrepreneurship Award as the Greater Kansas City Regional. At the Colorado Regional in Denver, the team was selected for an alliance and made it to semifinals. We were also rewarded with the Engineering Inspiration Award for the third year in a row thanks in large part to our new project: The Robot Builds Me. Thanks to this we qualified for Championships at St. Louis.
LOGOMOTIONTM is the 2010-2011 game where robots organize game pieces on pegs in a pattern of three rows and three columns. More points are awarded for successfully duplicating the pattern of the FIRST® logo with the triangle, circle, and square game pieces arranged sequentially. After this occurs, during both the teleop period and the autonomous period, robots can then begin the end-game sequence and move toward the poles in the center of the field. Each robot can deploy their own mini-bot or another team's mini-bot. As they launch each mini-bot, the mini-bots proceed to climb to the tops of the towers and race to score more bonus points. At the Minnesota Regional, our team qualified to the St. Louis National Competition with a Industrial Safety Award and an Engineering Inspiration Award.
"Breakaway" is deemed as a cross between soccer and a triathlon. It was similar to soccer in that the game was played by scoring goals on a field with three alliances on each team. The competition focused on diversity in that robots greatly benefited from speed, maneuverability, and strength. Robots raced to maneuver over large bumps or through small tunnels in order to shoot soccer balls into goals at each end of the field. At the end of each match these behemoths faced the final challenge of elevating themselves into the air to score much acclaimed bonus points. FIRST® Team 1764 competed in the Kansas City and Minneapolis Regionals. In Minnesota, FIRST® Team 1764 received the Safety Award and the Engineering Inspiration Award which qualified the team for the Atlanta, Georgia Nationals competition. The team was rewarded with the Judges Award in Kansas City.
The competition, "Lunacy," featured "moon rocks" which were manipulated into the opposing team's trailers which were pulled behind each robot. FIRST® Team 1764 attended two competitions in 2008-2009 in St. Louis and Kansas City. At the conclusion of the Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST® Team 1764 was ranked 8th out of 61 teams and at St. Louis were ranked 18 out 36. At both competitions we were featured in an alliance for the quarter finals and were the only team to score points in autonomous mode at the St. Louis Regional. The team was recognized with a Safety Award, the Gracious Professional Award, and the Rockwell Automation Innovation Award as a result of their efforts in these regionals. Additionally, for the second year in a row, our CAD (Computer Aided Design) team's submission was selected as a finalist entry in the Atlanta Championship.
In the 2007-2008 game of "Overdrive" a large track ball was hurdled down the field and vaulted to clear overpasses in a race against time and the other alliance. FIRST® Team 1764 competed with their robot "Atlas" in the Greater Kansas City and Denver Regionals. We achieved a ranking of 7th seat in the Denver competition and were featured in alliances during quarter finals at both regionals. The team was recognized at the Denver Regional with the Motorola Quality Award. Furthermore, our CAD team submission was selected for competition at the Atlanta Championship as a finalist entry for the first time in FIRST® Team 1764 history.
The 2006-2007 game "Rack and Roll" featured an aluminum structure called the "rack" on which blue and red inter-tubes were placed and scored in a "connect four" fashion. At the end of the game, robots scrambled to lift and be lifted by their team-mates. FIRST® Team 1764's robot "Ham Sandwich" competed at the Kansas City Regional. "Ham Sandwich" was designed to be a "jack-of-all-trades" robot which would block, capture and place inter-tubes, and lift alliance robots for bonus points. Although the team did not receive any awards during the 2006-2007 year, they learned many valuable lessons which they have applied every year since.
"Aim High", the featured game for 2005-2006 required robots to accumulate and shoot foam balls into goals both on the field and in the air using camera visual technologies. Competing in the most notorious regional in Michigan was the way that FIRST® Team 1764 decided to "Aim High" for their rookie year. Even though no awards were received, the team brought immeasurable experience away from the competition. This competition defined how FIRST® Team 1764 would play and act for years to come.