Game History

2018 Power Up

FIRST® Power Up, the competition game for the 2018 season, had a retro 8-bit theme. The aim of the game was to place power cubes, which are essentially just milk crates, on balancing scales to earn points. Alliances were able to exchange power cubes for power ups to give them a short-term advantage. At the end of the match, robots could climb on a bar on the central scale platform to "face the boss" and receive an extra ranking point.


Our first competition, New England District Granite State Event, we had a record of 7-7-0 and had a final rank of 12. We made it all the way to the quarter-finals and won the Judges’ Award. This success continued with our second event, New England District UNH Event, with a record of 10-5-1, a final rank of 10 and taking part in the semi-finals. We earned the Innovation in Control Award Sponsored by Rockwell Automation for our creative use of LiDAR in our robot. These triumphs allowed for us to qualify for the New England District Championship in Boston, Massachusetts. We performed well; we were 20th in the rankings and had a record of 8-4-0. Our most notable achievement was our win in the Safety Award, sponsored by Underwriters Laboratory. After coming runner-up in the previous two competitions, the award helped us to qualify for the World Championship held in Detroit, Michigan. We competed in the Tesla division and finished the official season with a final rank of 41 out of 67 and a record of 5-5-0.

Omukama

Our robot, Omukama, which translates to "King of Kings", initially placed power cubes on the giant balancing scale in the center of the playing field. Throughout the competition season, our robot evolved, changing from one of the more common "scale robot" to a "switch/exchange robot", which complemented our ability to quickly place power cubes in the vault in return for power ups.

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2017 Steamworks

FIRST® choose the theme Steampunk for 2017, and this was the first year that FIRST® would host two Championship events for one season. The game  was very oriented around rank points rather than the raw points scored. Most teams had the end-all goal of having all of their rotors spinning as quickly as possible, to achieve a high enough kPa (kilopascal, which is a unit of pressure), through fuel, to climb at the end of the match. We knew the top alliances would have all rotors spinning—the kPa bonus—and be able to climb; we wanted to be on that alliance. Compromises were made throughout the season, but, ultimately, an appropriately named robot, “Zeppelin”, emerged from the shop, fully equipped to collect gears from a human player from any angle, deliver them to the pilot with ease, collect 50+ fuel, score them with vision assist, and then quickly climb the rope at the end for takeoff!


The Force Team made it into the semifinals at the New England District Granite State Event, and then went onto be the winner at the New England District Southern New Hampshire Event. In addition to the win, the team earned the Industrial Design and Safety Awards. Qualifying for the New England District Championship held at UNH, we competed there and won as the second alliance partner. Then, qualifying for the World Championship, the team received tons of community support, allowing us to be able to attend. The team competed at the Championship in St. Louis in the Carson division, resulting as a Championship Subdivision Finalist. In the Off-Season, the team competed at several other events, reaching semifinals and finals in many of them.

2017 Steamworks

FIRST® choose the theme Steampunk for 2017, and this was the first year that FIRST® would host two Championship events for one season. The game  was very oriented around rank points rather than the raw points scored. Most teams had the end-all goal of having all of their rotors spinning as quickly as possible, to achieve a high enough kPa (kilopascal, which is a unit of pressure), through fuel, to climb at the end of the match. We knew the top alliances would have all rotors spinning—the kPa bonus—and be able to climb; we wanted to be on that alliance. Compromises were made throughout the season, but, ultimately, an appropriately named robot, “Zeppelin”, emerged from the shop, fully equipped to collect gears from a human player from any angle, deliver them to the pilot with ease, collect 50+ fuel, score them with vision assist, and then quickly climb the rope at the end for takeoff!


The Force Team made it into the semifinals at the New England District Granite State Event, and then went onto be the winner at the New England District Southern New Hampshire Event. In addition to the win, the team earned the Industrial Design and Safety Awards. Qualifying for the New England District Championship held at UNH, we competed there and won as the second alliance partner. Then, qualifying for the World Championship, the team received tons of community support, allowing us to be able to attend. The team competed at the Championship in St. Louis in the Carson division, resulting as a Championship Subdivision Finalist. In the Off-Season, the team competed at several other events, reaching semifinals and finals in many of them.

Zeppelin

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Team 1073 IRI Reveal Video 2017

Artemis

The launching mechanism on this robot was intricately designed and fabricated, allowing the robot to launch balls an impressive height and distance. This capability reminded the team of 2010’s Saggy, and this robot was named Artemis. The robot’s vision code was worked on all season, but never fully perfected -- defenses, and playing defense, were Artemis’ strengths.

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Artemis

The launching mechanism on this robot was intricately designed and fabricated, allowing the robot to launch balls an impressive height and distance. This capability reminded the team of 2010’s Saggy, and this robot was named Artemis. The robot’s vision code was worked on all season, but never fully perfected -- defenses, and playing defense, were Artemis’ strengths.

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2016 Stronghold

FIRST® introduced the first themed game in and game field for FIRST® Robotics Competitions in 2016, displaying them in a full video teaser in the autumn. The challenge was for robots to overcome physical defenses on the field and storm the opposing alliance’s castle with boulders. Rank points, in addition to match points, were critical for ranking high, and The Force Team decided to ensure the robot had a skilled defense, while still maintaining the capability of also taking the tower down.

 

We made it into the quarterfinals at the New England District North Shore Event, and at the New England District Boston Event. Since the team had not competed at Worlds since 2010, we were waitlisted and received an invitation. The team was elected to attend the World Championship in St. Louis, competing in the Curie Division, and re-learn the excitement and inspiration that comes along with the trip.

2015 Recycle Rush

Recycle Rush was the theme of 2015, where the alliances weren’t necessarily competing against each other, but against the top score at the event, marking the return of Coopertition™, the philosophy that teams should help and cooperate with others as the compete.

 

Utilizing our pneumatics in a controlled and creative way alongside a Mecanum drive, our robot maneuvered smoothly on the carpeted field and made stacks effortlessly. Nasus, our robot, made it into the Semi-Finals at the New England District Reading Event, and the Quarter Finals at the New England District Northeastern University Event. The Force Team also competed at the New England FIRST® District Championship in Worcester, Massachusetts.

2015 Recycle Rush

Recycle Rush was the theme of 2015, where the alliances weren’t necessarily competing against each other, but against the top score at the event, marking the return of Coopertition™, the philosophy that teams should help and cooperate with others as the compete.

 

Utilizing our pneumatics in a controlled and creative way alongside a Mecanum drive, our robot maneuvered smoothly on the carpeted field and made stacks effortlessly. Nasus, our robot, made it into the Semi-Finals at the New England District Reading Event, and the Quarter Finals at the New England District Northeastern University Event. The Force Team also competed at the New England FIRST® District Championship in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Nasus

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The Force Team discussed various strategies for this challenge to determine which would be the most effective; we ultimately decided to focus on totes and capping specifically sized stacks in an efficient manner. As stacking was the name of the game, we named our robot “Nasus” after a well-known video game character who also utilized stacking (Nasus was also conveniently the name of the team’s lead mentor but backwards!).

2014 Aerial Assist

This was the first year that New Hampshire was within the district model of New England, ending the Granite State Regional. The 2014 game, Aerial Assist, was about scoring points using two foot diameter balls into long high goals spanning the width of the field above the drivers' stations. There were also two small floor-based goals per alliance in each corner of the field.

 

The team competed at the UNH District Event and earned the Industrial Design Award. We went onto compete at the Northeastern University District Event, making it to the semifinals and earning the Judges' Award. Qualifying for the New England FIRST® Robotics Competition Region Championship, Team 1073 ranked 13th and was eliminated in the quarter finals. We were only one invite away from qualifying for the World Championship.

Atlas

The Force Team began tinkering with 3D printing this year, and made lots of custom parts and mounts for the robot. Focusing on how to best manipulate the ball, the robot was designed with versatility in mind, and ultimately was easy to repair during time critical situations.

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2013 Ultimate Ascent

The 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent, challenged teams to build a robot that could launch discs into goals, all at varying heights. Teams had four goals to aim at—including high, medium, low, and pyramid goals. The end game of Ultimate Ascent required teams to climb a ten foot tall pyramid.

With the help of Ursa Major, The Force Team won the Judges' Award at the Granite State Regional.

 

Eventually, the climbing mechanism was redesigned, becoming less fierce, but the team still remembered its original form fondly.

Ursa Major

The Force Team desperately wanted to climb the pyramid, so we worked hard to create a part of the pyramid in our shop with the appropriate rigging equipment to practice climbing. The climbing mechanism originally resembled teeth, giving the robot a fierce reputation. As these teeth resembled that of a bear, we named our robot Ursa Major after the star constellation to fit with the game's theme of astronomy.

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2013 Ultimate Ascent

The 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent, challenged teams to build a robot that could launch discs into goals, all at varying heights. Teams had four goals to aim at—including high, medium, low, and pyramid goals. The end game of Ultimate Ascent required teams to climb a ten foot tall pyramid.

With the help of Ursa Major, The Force Team won the Judges' Award at the Granite State Regional.

 

Eventually, the climbing mechanism was redesigned, becoming less fierce, but the team still remembered its original form fondly.

Ursa Major

The Force Team desperately wanted to climb the pyramid, so we worked hard to create a part of the pyramid in our shop with the appropriate rigging equipment to practice climbing. The climbing mechanism originally resembled teeth, giving the robot a fierce reputation. As these teeth resembled that of a bear, we named our robot Ursa Major after the star constellation to fit with the game's theme of astronomy.

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2012 Rebound Rubble

The 2012 game challenged teams to design robots to shoot foam basketballs into hoops at varying heights and to balance on a "see-saw"-styled bridge. Alliances had four baskets to shoot balls into, each with a backboard outlined in retroreflective tape. For the endgame, the robots from the same alliance had to balance on their team's bridge for alliance points or two robots from opposing alliances could balance on the center bridge for Coopertition™ points.

 

With the help of our robot, Libra, the team competed at the Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, then continued on to win the Judges' Award at the Northeast Utilities FIRST® Connecticut Regional, and was ultimately in the winning alliance at the Off-Season competition Mayhem in Merrimack.

Libra

This was the first year The Force Team used Mecanum drive. We put a lot of focus on balancing. During drive-team practice, we were even able to balance the robot blindfolded! Continuing with the astronomy theme, the robot was named Libra, for its balancing capability.

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2011 Logo Motion

In 2011, the game required the robots to pick up tubes and hang them on pegs at either extremity of the field, obscuring the vision of the drive-team. There were three levels of pegs, each level worth one more point than the previous. For the endgame, the robots had fifteen seconds to race to a pole and deploy mini-bots to race to the top!

 

We competed at the BAE Systems Granite State Regional and earned the Dr. Woodie Flowers Award for our head mentor. At Northeast Utilities FIRST® Connecticut Regional we earned the Finalist award. During Off-Season Team 1073 placed first at Battlecry @ WPI, Mayhem in Merrimack, and at River Rage.

2011 Logo Motion

In 2011, the game required the robots to pick up tubes and hang them on pegs at either extremity of the field, obscuring the vision of the drive-team. There were three levels of pegs, each level worth one more point than the previous. For the endgame, the robots had fifteen seconds to race to a pole and deploy mini-bots to race to the top!

 

We competed at the BAE Systems Granite State Regional and earned the Dr. Woodie Flowers Award for our head mentor. At Northeast Utilities FIRST® Connecticut Regional we earned the Finalist award. During Off-Season Team 1073 placed first at Battlecry @ WPI, Mayhem in Merrimack, and at River Rage.

ELOT

We named our robot ELOT, resembling our team number, 1073, upside down and backwards. This was pointed out by one of our new rookies during the naming process. Following the naming of ELOT, the team created three mini-bots—Squirrel, Chipmunk, and Wombat—with the first two names referring to animals that climb up the trees and the last being random.

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2010 Breakaway

In 2010, The Force Team competed in a game analogous to soccer named Breakaway. The robots had to play offense by kicking soccer balls into corner goals, or play defense by blocking goals and slowing down cycles.

 

With our alliance partners, Teams 1519 and 1058, we won the Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, qualifying the team to attend the World Championship. We also competed at the Hartford Regional in Connecticut, and used that event to train an alternate drive-team. In addition to the winning success on the field, 1073 earned the Coopertition™, Motorola Quality, and a Dr. Woodie Flowers Award from the Granite State Regional Competition. We went on to place well in the Newton Field of the World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sagittarius

This year, The Force Team implemented a “design team” in which a multidisciplinary subset of the team did a deep analysis of the game and elements, to determine what the robot must have in order to compete effectively. With this process and renewed energy, we were able to come up with a solid method of launching the ball in a controlled and repeatable way. This launching of the game piece was impressive and the central function of the robot. Feeling confident with our throwback, the team named this launching robot Sagittarius after the astronomical great archer. This robot affectionately was dubbed “Saggy”.

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2009 Lunacy

This year, the game required robots collect “moon rocks” and place them in "trailers" with vision targets that were attached to other robots. The field had a low-friction surface called "regolith," a material that simulated the effects of the moon's gravity.

 

The Force Team competed at both the Granite State Regional Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire and the Hartford Regional Competition in Hartford, Connecticut. This was also the first year that the team attended BattleCry @ WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. At all competitions, we made it into the quarter-finals, giving the team a new boost of energy and a taste of success.

2009 Lunacy

This year, the game required robots collect “moon rocks” and place them in "trailers" with vision targets that were attached to other robots. The field had a low-friction surface called "regolith," a material that simulated the effects of the moon's gravity.

 

The Force Team competed at both the Granite State Regional Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire and the Hartford Regional Competition in Hartford, Connecticut. This was also the first year that the team attended BattleCry @ WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. At all competitions, we made it into the quarter-finals, giving the team a new boost of energy and a taste of success.

Loco Foco

The regolith presented a unique challenge to our software subgroup, who decided to develop a traction control system and a camera program that tracked the targets on other robots' trailers. Using the theme of lunacy, we named our robot Loco Foco, embracing the craziness of the game.

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2008 Overdrive

Overdrive was a race, in which the robots had to be fast and handle corners well. While doing that, they also needed to manipulate a large ball, similar to the game in 2004. This robot used engineering concepts taught in the high school classes, such as 4 bar linkages, and contributed many broken parts to the team's collection of lessons learned. 

 

Despite falling short of the tournament rounds at the Granite State Regional Competition, the team made a strong show with a fast, high-torque drive train.

2008 Overdrive

Overdrive was a race, in which the robots had to be fast and handle corners well. While doing that, they also needed to manipulate a large ball, similar to the game in 2004. This robot used engineering concepts taught in the high school classes, such as 4 bar linkages, and contributed many broken parts to the team's collection of lessons learned. 

 

Despite falling short of the tournament rounds at the Granite State Regional Competition, the team made a strong show with a fast, high-torque drive train.

Leviathan

Learning from the classroom about 4 bar linkages, and struggles with pneumatics from 2005, the team went with a very mechanical based design for this robot. Ultimately, the robot was name Leviathan.

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Otis

Very concerned about center of gravity, a bottom-heavy robot was created. This robot design was excellent, inspired by elevator technology to lift objects in a controlled way. It was named after the elevator company, Otis.

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2007 Rack 'n Roll

This year’s game required the robots to reach up to place game pieces, a task we had avoided until this time due to concerns on how to balance the robot. The robots had to place inflated inner tubes on a tiered round rack in the center of the field to score points.

 

We had a superb drive-team that brought The Force Team into the final round at the Granite State Regional Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. We also earned the Entrepreneurial Award at this event, a token to the strong re-branding of the team!

2007 Rack 'n Roll

This year’s game required the robots to reach up to place game pieces, a task we had avoided until this time due to concerns on how to balance the robot. The robots had to place inflated inner tubes on a tiered round rack in the center of the field to score points.

 

We had a superb drive-team that brought The Force Team into the final round at the Granite State Regional Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. We also earned the Entrepreneurial Award at this event, a token to the strong re-branding of the team!

Otis

Very concerned about center of gravity, a bottom-heavy robot was created. This robot design was excellent, inspired by elevator technology to lift objects in a controlled way. It was named after the elevator company, Otis.

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2006 Aim High

This was a historical year for FIRST®, as it was the first game to ever have projectiles. The Force Team more than doubled in size, going from twenty to thirty freshmen rookies. This was very difficult to manage, and the team worked to keep morale high with humor and pizza.

 

These new members and our robot, Don't Panic, helped us place into the quarter-finals at the Granite State Regional Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. Continuing the transitional period with the new leadership and the influx of students, the team aesthetic morphed to include both lightsabers, representing the Star Wars theme of our name, and rapiers, for the school’s cavalier mascot.

Leviathan

Learning from the classroom about 4 bar linkages, and struggles with pneumatics from 2005, the team went with a very mechanical based design for this robot. Ultimately, the robot was name Leviathan.

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2006 Aim High

This was a historical year for FIRST®, as it was the first game to ever have projectiles. The Force Team more than doubled in size, going from twenty to thirty freshmen rookies. This was very difficult to manage, and the team worked to keep morale high with humor and pizza.

 

These new members and our robot, Don't Panic, helped us place into the quarter-finals at the Granite State Regional Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. Continuing the transitional period with the new leadership and the influx of students, the team aesthetic morphed to include both lightsabers, representing the Star Wars theme of our name, and rapiers, for the school’s cavalier mascot.

Don't Panic

Don't Panic was a robot designed to play defense and pickup game pieces from the floor to score into low goals. The robot, aptly named Don’t Panic, often was ironically referred to as 'Panic during crunch times. 'Panic could also receive game pieces from human players to score them into the high goal with a separate mechanism! For Endgame, the robot then climbed on the 30 degree diamond plated inclined platform. The team tried out vision for the first time this year, but ultimately found the initial positioning of the robot to be critical to its setup.

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Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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2005 Triple Play

This year was a year of change for The Force Team, as the founder moved away and the newly hired high school technology teacher joined the team as our head mentor. With the new leadership came a transitional period, and the team wanted to become involved with the school. Rebranding from orange to blue, the team could be seen sporting home-made blue and white tye-dyed shirts.

We competed at the Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, earning the Safety Award.

2005 Triple Play

This year was a year of change for The Force Team, as the founder moved away and the newly hired high school technology teacher joined the team as our head mentor. With the new leadership came a transitional period, and the team wanted to become involved with the school. Rebranding from orange to blue, the team could be seen sporting home-made blue and white tye-dyed shirts.

We competed at the Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, earning the Safety Award.

Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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2004 Frenzy

Our highly trained human players managed to win us one of the highest scoring matches at Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire. They were a strong part of the team and tirelessly practiced in the school's mini-gym for this event.

Scorpius

Our robot Scorpius, who resembled a scorpion with a stinging tail and claws to capture balls, corralled and retrieved 4 balls at once, and could knock the 2x ball off the mobile goal. Autonomously, this robot used dead reckoning and a wall sonic sensor to reach the side of the field and knock off the auto-ball, triggering an early release of our alliance's game pieces for the game to begin. Although this robot did not climb or manipulate the 2x ball in a controlled fashion, it was arguably one of the best ball handling robots of the season.

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Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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2004 FIRST Frenzy

This 2v2 game used two different game pieces comprising of 13in balls and 30in balls. There was a line-following autonomous to release the 13in balls onto the field early, and the game featured a climbing endgame. The smaller game pieces were scored by human players who were fed by robots, while the larger game pieces were scored (or de-scored in our case) by robots. Our highly trained human players managed to win us one of the highest scoring matches at Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire. They were a strong part of the team and tirelessly practiced in the school's mini-gym for this event.

Scorpius

Our robot Scorpius, who resembled a scorpion with a stinging tail and claws to capture balls, corralled and retrieved 4 balls at once, and could knock the 2x ball off the mobile goal. Autonomously, this robot used dead reckoning and a wall sonic sensor to reach the side of the field and knock off the auto-ball, triggering an early release of our alliance's game pieces for the game to begin. Although this robot did not climb or manipulate the 2x ball in a controlled fashion, it was arguably one of the best ball handling robots of the season.

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Enforcer

Our robot Enforcer was named after a play on the team’s name, The Force Team.

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2003 Stack Attack

Our bright orange colors certainly helped us stand out at events and within our school and community. We were more than excited to break into the world of FIRST®.

The Force Team was a “force” to be reckoned during our first season. We competed at the Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, earning the Rookie All-Star Award and Website award.

2003 Stack Attack

In this game, robots had to stack bins, knock over other team's stacks, and climb a ramp at the end of the match. There was a low bar that robots could drive under to circumvent the ramp entirely to reach the other side of the field, something Enforcer was famous for. Our bright orange colors certainly helped us stand out at events and within our school and community. We were more than excited to break into the world of FIRST®.

The Force Team was a “force” to be reckoned during our first season. We competed at the Granite State Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, earning the Rookie All-Star Award and Website award.

Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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Taurus

We named this year's robot Taurus, after its horn-like gripping mechanism made to stack huge, 3D tic-tac-toe pieces and as a homage to the previous season's robot, Scorpius. Taurus was able to manipulate tetra pieces from both the ground and the human player, and stack them high onto the center goal. Though, the horn manipulator was redesigned partway through competing, due to the complexity of the manipulator. We learned a lot about pneumatics this season.

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Enforcer

Our robot Enforcer was named after a play on the team’s name, The Force Team. This robot could stack totes, knock over stacks, and compress down to fit under the low bar.

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