On Saturday, January 9th the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge was finally announced! This season, teams will be competing in the “FIRST STRONGHOLD” challenge and looks to be one of the most exciting games to date.
In FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
The game consists of 10,000 different defense combinations and allows the audience to play along by picking one of the defenses every round. Check out the kickoff video below to see the 2016 game animation!
Four Indiana FRC Kickoff Events were hosted on Saturday. Between post-kickoff brainstorming events and fantastic local speakers the events were a huge success. Thank you to those who hosted the Kickoff events!
- IUPUI Campus Kickoff in Indianapolis, hosted by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
- Mullen Center Kickoff in Michigan City, hosted by the Robo Blitz
- Purdue University Kickoff in West Lafayette, hosted by Purdue FIRST Programs
- Southport High School Kickoff in Indianapolis, hosted by the CyberCards
Dr. David Russomanno, Dean of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, spoke at the IUPUI Kickoff and talked about the atmosphere of the event, “The excitement that the FIRST Robotics Competition generates among the students was palpable at today’s kickoff on the IUPUI campus. Our goal is this excitement will continue among the students and lead them to pursue a career in engineering, engineering technology, or a closely related discipline. The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is committed to continuing our support of FIRST Robotics.”
At the Mullen Center Kickoff the Valparaiso University Robotics Team demonstrated their competition robot and lead a structured brainstorming session in a “World Cafe” format for this year’s game.
During the Purdue University Kickoff Purdue FIRST Programs talked about their organization and collegiate opportunities.
The Southport High School auditorium was filled with teams for the 2016 FRC Kickoff. After the Kickoff, a short post-kickoff brainstorming session took place for rookie teams.
Teams at the Southport High School Kickoff discussed their reactions to the game:
The IndianaFIRST Post-Kickoff Press Release with more information, photos, and video can be found here! Good luck to all FIRST Robotic Competition teams as they start the 2016 build season!