Build Season Log

New Year, New Game

Monday, January 8th, 2018

A new competition has been introduced! This year's competition is called POWER UP, and it has a retro video game theme.

Parents, students, and mentors came to the Chartiers Valley tech wing this Saturday to watch the kick-off video, which is aired live from the FIRST Twitch channel. You can view the full kickoff video here.

Immediately after watching the video, our team went to work, reading the manual and making sure we understood each part of the game. You can read the manual for yourself here.

In summary, the game is about using yellow boxes called Power Cubes to gain points on the field. The Power Cubes can be placed on one side of the Switch or the Scale to outweigh the opposing team, or they can be used to activate power-ups and gain a temporary advantage. At the end of the game, robots can climb onto a rung on the Scale to gain more points. A video explaining the game can be found here.

At our first official meeting today, we created a decision matrix to weigh the pros and cons of tackling each part of the game.

We've got a lot to do before our first competition. For now, its time to start planning and prototyping!

Waiting for kickoff

Sketching out some ideas

A decision matrix determine our robot's focus