Horsepower Robotics

Welcome to the Chartiers Valley High School FIRST Robotics Team Horsepower 4991's website! We'll be competing in the Greater Pittsburgh Regional. Here you'll find regular updates regarding build season as well as pictures and our sponsors!

New Blog Post: New Year, New Game


Last Year's Robot


Drive Train

  • 6-wheel Tank Drive
  • 4 CIM motors

Type of chassis

  • Andy Mark (am-14u3)
  • Speed
  • 12.1 feet/second


  • Gears & Climbing

Game Mechanics


  • Active gear mechanism
  • Uses pneumatics
  • Relies on human player to load
  • Max 7 gears per match


  • We put velcro attached to a hex shaft on which the rope connects
  • 2 CIM motors for climbing
  • Takes about 6 seconds


  • Our robot does not handle fuel


  • Can put a gear on any lift

Climbing & Autonomous


Monday, January 8th, 2018

A new competition has been introduced! This year the competition has a retro video game theme.

Parents, students, and mentors alike came together 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.

At our first 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 (We're going to the Greater Pittsburgh Regional on March 21 to March 24, 2018 at the Cal U Convocation Center in California, PA.) For now, its time to start planning and prototyping!

Recapping the game with the team

Sketching out some ideas

A decision matrix determine our robot's focus