Author: Lucy Nguyen
It’s January, which is 2612 Corsair Robotics’ busiest time of the year! It’s the beginning of our biggest robotics competition and event in the entire year, FIRST Robotics Competition, aka FRC!
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. One of FIRST’s not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs was FRC. Incorporated in 1989 as a small and local contest, it has grown into an international robotics competition, reaching more than 40,000 students in 2017 with more than 2,600 events worldwide.
Team 2612 Corsair Robotics have been doing FRC for 11 years, and we have gained so much great memories and experiences from this. We look forward to jumping straight into it again this year!
The theme of this year’s competition is Video Games. In every matches, two alliances (assigned as red or blue) of up to four robotic teams go head-to-head on a multiplayer-video-game style stage to defeat the boss perching on the five feet scale. To do this, we have gain ownership of the scale by tipping them to our favor or using the power-ups, both by using the power cubes. Each match is divided into two stages. The first stage, called Autonomous, is the first fifteen seconds of a match in which robots operate without any drive team control or input. Prior to the start of autonomous, the assignments of alliance colors for switch and scale plates are randomized and transmitted to the operator console by the Field Management System (FMS). During auto, robots attempt to deliver preloaded power cubes to plates, retrieve additional power cubes from around the field, and cross their auto line any time before the end of the stage. Teleoperated is the second stage in a match and is two minutes and fifteen seconds long. During this stage, drivers remotely operate robots to retrieve and place power cubes on the plates and feed power cubes through the exchange for placement in the vault to earn power ups. The final thirty seconds of the teleoperated stage is considered the endgame, during which robots prepare to face the boss.
Let's go, Corsairs!
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman