2017 FRC Season: Steamworks
On January 7, 2107, FIRST revealed this year's game for the FIRST Robotics Competition: Steamworks. The steampunk-themed game included some new components First of all, a human player will actually be on the field and partly responsible for the success of the robot. Second, this year's endgame is for the robots to climb a rope. While robots have climbed in the past, it has always been on a fixed object. Finally, the size of the robot is predetermined by only being able to select one of two possible configurations: a shorter, wider robot or a taller, narrower robot (specific are in the game manual).
After six weeks of planning, designing, testing, and refining, team 4364: The Metal Jackets developed our solution to this problem. You can see us in action in the video below.