January 7th, 2017 not only marked the end of the first week of the new year for eager members of FIRST Robotics Competition Teams all over the world. The fateful Saturday was a day of reckoning as after a painstakingly-long wait have all their questions been answered. Now you wonder, what in the world could be so special about this seemingly normal Saturday?
Kick-Off Day. January 7th was the day when FIRST announced the 2017 competition and “Building the Robot Season” officially kicked off. On a Saturday morning and not just any Saturday morning, in the Winter Break, students from Victoria Park CI came to school eagerly awaiting the details of the 2017 competition game. They had previously known of the name of the game due to FIRST releasing a trailer late last year. Despite the countless guesses at a game, “Steamworks” had future STEM workers puzzled until Kick-Off Day.
And were these students, mentors and teachers in for a surprise. This year’s game is looking brand-new and familiar at the same time. “Unite Your Crew. Ready Your Contraption. Prepare to take flight! FIRST® STEAMWORKS.” is the bold slogan of this year’s competition. The game sets its scene in the Industrial Revolution era, the mid 1800’s in a world where discovery and innovation is taking over minds by storm just as technology does to the world’s people, today. The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs, two alliances of three FIRST Teams each, from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Scoring points, collecting gears, driving a robot and much more to anticipate in the upcoming season…but wait, the robot still needs to be made, yes?
Not to fear VP, your one and only Robotics Team begun write away with the team working hard in finding out lal information, rules about the game and starting to design a robot and strategy. Various workshops were held on the day after the Kick-off announcement regarding what to expect in the upcoming six weeks of build season.
Check out the game animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMiNmJW7enI
Stay tuned for more 4914 Updates. All the best for Build Season, Team 4914!
Written by: AISHA F. KHAN