Details of FIRST STEAMWORKS 2017 Robotics Game Revealed
FIRST NYC kicked off its 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season on January 7th with over 50 teams and more than 1,300 local high school students competing in the 17th annual competition. The kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season, complete with a unique “Steamworks” theme this year. The Brooklyn kickoff was held at LIU Brooklyn at Kumble Theater and the Manhattan event was held at Columbia University’s Davis Auditorium in Schapiro Hall.
“We are thrilled to head into another season full of excitement, challenges and good natured competition,” said Pat Daly, Executive Director of FIRST NYC. “It’s so rewarding to see the teams unite, get creative, and support one another throughout the season. From team-building to problem-solving and critical thinking, the robotics programs have undoubtedly enriched the lives of these students here in the New York City area, and I am eager to see how this season unfolds.”
FIRST STEAMWORKSSM invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.
At Kickoff, teams were shown the FIRST STEAMWORKS game field and challenge details for the first time, and received a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate a regional competition. This year New York is hosting to regional events. The Hudson Valley Regional, March 24-26, 2017; and the New York City Regional, April 7-9, 2017
For a complete replay of the Kickoff broadcast, click here.