FIRST Stronghold, the 2016 Robotics Competition is a medieval-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points through various methods including launching gray foam balls called “boulders” into the opponent’s castle and breaching the opponent’s defense elements. Teams can capture their opponents castle after weakening it enough. Robots may then scale the castle to earn 15 points each.
2015: Recycle Rush, the 2015 Robotics Competition is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. Teams can also earn Coopertition points by working together with the opposing alliance to place yellow totes in a stack of 4 in the middle of the field which will earn each alliance 40 points.
2014: Aerial Assist, the 2014 Robotics Competition is played using 2’ diameter exercise balls. Robots must throw or toss the balls into goals of different heights. In the middle of the field, there is a truss, which if a robot throws the ball over the truss, and another robot of their alliance catches it, they gain bonus points. Cooperation is important in this challenge if you want to earn bonus points because if robots pass the ball from one another, and manage to score, they earn 30 valuable points. Our robot, Annie, had a pretty good year for Huskie Robotics. We went to the Lake Superior regional in Duluth, Minnesota, and there we were able to make it to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, we lost before the semifinals, but the alliance we lost to ended up winning the whole regional. At the Midwest regional, we also put on a good showing, making it to the elimination matches as an alliance captain. However, there we also lost in the quarterfinals. Nonetheless, our team succeeded at that regional- we won Gracious Professionalism for the second time in three years, and Arpan Rau, one of our mechanical leads, received the Dean’s list Award. Annie: * Strongest drive train yet, with outstanding pushing power and speed * 6- wheel, 6-CIM, 2-speed drive * Pneumatic catapult shooter * Hybrid roller/clamps collector * Extremely accurate, range finding autonomous
2013: Ultimate Ascent, the 2013 Robotics Competition, was styled similarly to disc golf. Robots in teams of 3 shot Frisbees into goals of different heights and point values. Near the end of each game, robots must climb these pyramids on each side of the field to earn extra bonus points. Just like the last year, Team 3061 had a spectacular 2013 season with our robot, Sally. We took it a step further into robotics competitions this year by qualifying for and ranking 41 at World Championships. The team competed in the Northern Lights Regional and the Midwest Regional, winning at Northern Lights (with teams 2169 KingTec and 525 SwartDogs), and ranking 7th at Midwest. This is probably the team’s most successful year by far. Sally: * Maneuverable 6-wheel drive * Extremely strong drive train * Reliable autonomous shooter * Recognized by the chirp sound made by the shooter
2012: Rebound Rumble, the 2012 Robotics Competition was styled similarly to basketball. Robots shot 8” orange foam balls into 4 hoops located on the wall. Near the end of each game, the alliances tried to balance on three bridges located in the middle of the field. To earn extra points, robots of both alliances helped each other balance on the middle bridge: the “coopertition” element. Team 3061 had an awesome 2012 season comeback with our robot, Lucy. The team competed in the Lake Superior Regional and the Midwest Regional, ranking 38 and 10 respectively, while competing in the semi-finals at Midwest. This season was one of our best and highest achieving seasons and a turning point in our personal history, as this was the year we became Huskie Robotics (previously The Federation). The team won the Gracious Professionalism Award, (sponsored by Johnson & Johnson) at the Midwest Regional. To win, Huskie Robotics members spent considerable time helping a team with only one student and one mentor present get their robot through inspection and on the field. On the field, some of our members put on the other team’s shirt so that they could compete for them and field a full team. It was also during this year where we learned that FIRST Robotics is not just about robots competing, but about inspiration and outreach for mathematics, science and engineering. 2012 was definitely a year to remember for all the team members. Lucy: * 4-wheel drive * Strong drive train * Fully operational and maneuverable * Very accurate 2-point goal shooter
2011: Logo Motion was the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition game. Playing pieces were inner tubes shaped like the components of the FIRST logo. The primary objective of the game was to place them on racks to gain points. In the endgame, robots deployed smaller robots (“minibots”) to climb a tower. Minibots had to have been made from the FIRST Tech Challenge kit of parts. Team 3061 wasn’t as successful this 2011 season with our robot, Steve. During this challenge, we placed 37th at our Midwest Regional competition. Still, Steve fought hard and gave it his all giving the opposing alliance a tough time. Our minibot, Stella, on the other hand, was promising and could climb the pole. When the end games began, Steve was unable to successfully deploy Stella and she never had the opportunity to climb. All in all, 2011 was not one of our best years, but everyone had fun, and developed the motivation to do better the next year. Steve: * Size: Massive with huge arm to grab rings
2010: Breakaway, the 2010 Robotics Competition, consisted of robots directing soccer balls into goals, traversing “bumps” in the field, suspending themselves and each other on towers, and going through tunnels located in the center of the field. 2010 was a really successful year for “The Federation”: we’d changed our name. This year, with our robot **Sarek****, **we were able to reach the quarterfinals (teamed with Team 2338, Gear it Forward, and Team 2769 Robots in Motion,) in the Midwest Regional. We ranked 8th overall in the whole competition. Sarek was able to move around and score. Something that’s pretty amazing was that during this competition, we did not have any scouting done. All we had was a team member sitting in the audience analyzing different teams. This was a really good year for “The Federation”, and it was a big step from 2009. Sarek: * 4-wheel mecanum drive * Fully maneuverable and able to score
2009: Lunacy, the 2009 FIRST Robotics competition, was the very first game that we, Team 3061 (at the time called ‘The Orange Monsters’) played. It honored the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon (Latin: Luna). The goal of the game was to place as many of the game pieces in the opposing side’s trailers as possible. This year was successful for a debut. During matches, our robot Stella did not score any points at all. In fact, our only points scored ever at regionals were from the human player tossing a ball into the opposing team’s trailer. But our robot moved, something many rookie teams do not achieve. It may not sound as exciting, but to us it was momentous. Stella: * Built out of angle-iron * Size: Massive * Had built in propellers that went at high speeds to blow away the opposing team’s balls. We had to go through a long inspection and ended up getting our robot disconnected.