Local FIRST robotics teams got to work this past weekend preparing for this years six week build process with the release of this year’s game “Power Up” on Saturday.
The Jonesville Cobrots was one of 31 regional qualifying teams to travel to Michigan State University to listen to the world wide release of the game. The Hillsdale High School team traveled to the University of Michigan who also hosted a release event.
Other local teams gathered together to watch the YouTube video, which was released on Saturday before gathering together on Sunday to begin brainstorming.
This year’s game will require teams to design and build robots that can efficiently move milk crate sized cubes around a game field. The cubes are to be placed on a giant scale, which is four to six feet off the ground. Cubes can also be placed on giant switches on each end of the playing field.
This year’s game field is as wide as a tennis court and two thirds as long.
This year’s end game challenge has robots clinging to each other as they attempt to climb to a bar seven foot above the floor.