This past week, FRC Team 4761, “The Robockets” moved into their new larger space in the basement of RMHS. This space is about three times larger than the small room that the team has occupied for the past 2 years, which The Robockets are very thankful for. The move was just in time for the team’s kickoff event and the start of the team’s build season. Along with the move, as a result of increased team sponsorship, we were able to get many new tools and equipment to build this year’s new robot, for the new game including a CNC router from our fellow FRC Team 125 The Nutrons. We are very excited to begin working on this years challenge in our new space with all our new tools! Many thanks to everyone who has supported us!
The 2015 FIRST Robotics game challenge is called Recycle Rush. The game is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robotics teams each. Alliances compete simultaneously to score points by stacking Totes on Scoring Platforms, topping those stacks with Recycling Containers, and properly disposing of Litter (represented by pool noodles), in designated locations. The game is played in two parts; Autonomous Period (when the robots operate on code alone) and Teleoperated Period (when the student drive team controls the robot). Teams on an Alliance work together to place as many Totes on their Scoring Platforms as possible. Alliances earn additional points for Recycling Containers placed on the scored Totes, with Recycling Containers at greater heights earning more points. Alliances also earn points for disposing of their Litter in either their Landfill Zone or placing Litter in or on scored Recycling Containers. To earn the most points, Alliances must be versatile and work together in this Recycle Rush.
Reading Memorial High School looks forward to hosting an official FIRST Robotics Event in the fieldhouse on March 6th-8th. At this event, 40 New England FIRST Robotics teams will come to Reading to compete in the Recycle Rush game challenge. The whole community is welcome to attend this free event. Matches will be occurring throughout each day. As a huge STEM and community outreach opportunity, this is an exciting event for the Robockets and we hope to see you there! To follow our team and to learn more about the upcoming season, please visit our website (www.robockets.org), like us on Facebook (FRC Team 4761 “The Robockets”), and/or follow us on Twitter (@FRC4761).