2017 Season

Unite Your Crew.

Ready Your Contraption.

Prepare to take flight!

FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race.

A SparX 1126 Blue Alliance Win at the Buckeye Regional



Game manual and resource library

Each three-team alliance prepares in three ways:

1. Build steam pressure. Robots collect fuel (balls) and score it in their boiler via high and low efficiency goals. Boilers turn fuel into steam pressure which is stored in the steam tank on their airship – but it takes more fuel in the low efficiency goal to build steam than the high efficiency goal.

2. Start rotors. Robots deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Once the gear train is complete, they turn the crank to start the rotor.

3. Prepare for flight. Robots must latch on to their airship before launch (the end of the match) by ascending their ropes to signal that they’re ready for takeoff.

Team #1126 was 12-11-0 in official play in 2017.

The Blue Alliance Has all the match statistics.


Finger Lakes Regional Rochester, NY USA March 15 – March 18, 2017

Team 1126 was Rank 6 with a record of 7-5-0

Buckeye Regional Cleveland, OH USA March 29 – April 1, 2017

Team 1126 was Rank 23 with a record of 5-6-0 and won the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

SparX Newsletter

It’s the start of a brand new SparX season! We are all hard at work designing and building our robot for 2017. Below are all issues of the SparX Standard. This will help you stay informed about what is going on for the next six weeks. Thank you for your support.

SparX Standard – Week 1 2017

SparX Standard – Week 2 2017

SparX Standard – Week 3 2017

SparX Standard – Week 4 2017