The Arctic Warriors: FIRST® Robotics Team 174 is based out of Liverpool, New York. Founded in 1998 and sponsored primarily by UTC-Carrier and Liverpool High School, the team works each year to educate high school students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by pairing them with industry mentors in these fields. This experience also includes competition with other FIRST® Robotics teams on the Regional and Championship levels. These competitions reinforce Gracious Professionalism, as teams work together to achieve a common goal and network with professionals on-site.

FIRST® Robotics

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a international, non-profit organization that aspires to transform culture, making Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology as cool for kids as sports are today. FIRST® was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. FIRST® operates the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) in which teams of high school students and their mentors design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. Other programs that FIRST® runs are the FIRST® Tech Challenge, for Grades 7-12, FIRST® LEGO™ League, for Grades 4-8, and FIRST® Junior LEGO™ League, for Grades K-3. These programs allow an innovative and creative learning and development environment that explores Science and Math and offers a wide variety of hands-on children’s programs.

2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition - RECYCLE RUSH

RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game designed for the 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®). It is played by two Alliances of three Teams each. Alliances compete simultaneously to score points by stacking Totes on Scoring Platforms, capping those stacks with Recycling Containers, and properly disposing of Litter, represented by pool noodles, in designated locations. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all scoring elements used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season. 

The 27 ft. by 54 ft. playing Field is bisected by a small Step which may not be climbed on or crossed by Robots. Thus each Alliance competes on their respective 26 ft. by 27 ft. side of the Field.

Each RECYCLE RUSH Match begins with a 15-second Autonomous Period in which Robots operate independently of their drivers. During this period, Robots attempt to move themselves, their Yellow Totes, and their Recycling Containers into the area between the scoring platforms, called the Auto Zone. Additional points are awarded if the Yellow Totes are arranged in a single stack.

Auto Point Values
 Action Value
 Robot Set 4
 Tote Set 6
 Container Set 8
 Stacked Tote Set 20

During the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the Match, called the Teleop Period, Robots are controlled remotely by student drivers located behind the walls at the ends of the Field. Teams on an Alliance work together to place as many Totes on their Scoring Platforms as possible. Alliances earn additional points for Recycling Containers placed on the scored Totes, with Recycling Containers at greater heights earning more points. Alliances also earn points for disposing of their Litter in either their Landfill Zone (the area next to the Step marked by the white line) or placing Litter in or on scored Recycling Containers. Alliances that unscored leave Litter on their side of the Field at the end of the match add points to the score of the other Alliance, as it is considered unprocessed and not properly disposed of.

Alliances have an opportunity to earn “Coopertition Points” by coordinating with the other Alliance in the Match. Coopertition Points are awarded if, at some point in the Match, there are at least four Yellow Totes on the Step simultaneously. Coopertition Points are doubled if the Alliances arrange at least four of those Yellow Totes in a single stack on the Step. Points for the Match are awarded based on the state of the scored objects at the end of the Match (with the exception of Coopertition Points, which can be earned at any point during the Match).

TELEOP Point Values 
Action Value
Scored Gray TOTE 2 per TOTE

To rank well during qualification matches, and advance through the playoff matches to the finals, teams will want to work to maximize their score for each match. Except for the final matches, winners of individual matches will not be declared, as this has no direct bearing on tournament performance in RECYCLE RUSH.

-Information provided by 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Game Manual.  To view the manual, click here.

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