2017 STEAMWORKS Season

FIRST Steamworks invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each

three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.

 

The Mars Wars robotics team competed in two FRC regionals, the Central Illinois Regional and St Louis.

Our St. Louis regional came first on second week of competitions. This regional consisted of a lot of testing on the robot itself along with practice for our drive team. There was a total of fifty-two teams with the winning alliance captain being Team 1732, Hilltoppers. We fought hard and made it into the elimination rounds after rising from low in the rankings. Being picked by the number three alliance put us on a team with Team 3284, Camdenton LASER, and Team 5147, Hornets. Together we fought our way to the semifinals in which we lost the third match, after losing one of our alliance’s robots along with our team’s climber. During the award ceremony, we were given the Creativity Award for our “Pizza Gear” which load balls into our shooter.

 

 

The MARS/WARS robotics team competed in two FRC regionals, the Central Illinois Regional and St Louis.

Our St. Louis regional came first on second week of competitions. This regional consisted of a lot of testing on the robot itself along with practice for our drive team. There was a total of fifty-two teams with the winning alliance captain being Team 1732, Hilltoppers. We fought hard and made it into the elimination rounds after rising from low in the rankings. Being picked by the number three alliance put us on a team with Team 3284, Camdenton LASER, and Team 5147, Hornets. Together we fought our way to the semifinals in which we lost the third match, after losing one of our alliance’s robots along with our team’s climber. During the award ceremony, we were given the Creativity Award for our “Pizza Gear” which load balls into our shooter.

Regionals

 

The Central Illinois Regional regional was much more exciting. After two long days of Qualification matches, we were placed second in rank, out of forty teams, with a total of nine wins and one loss. One of our wins stopped the number one ranked seat, Team 2481, Roboteers, from going undefeated. We were asked to join the number one alliance in which we accepted, pairing us with Team 2481, Roboteers, and Team 2220, Blue Twilight. We fought hard through the elimination matches, even setting a week three world, penalty free, high score, 506 points. Together our alliance won the regional and got our ticket to worlds, along with a shiny medal. 

FIRST World Championship

Once again we competed in worlds for the third time. This year, worlds were held in St. Louis, Missouri. This year we were put into the Curie Division along with sixty-seven teams. After regionals we noticed that scoring fuel points was worthless because we weren't getting a lot of points. So before worlds we deiced to change our main strategy as the gears because the gears were more point producing. We ended as the sixteenth ranked team and was the first pick for the number four alliance. The number four alliance consisted of the captain, Team 4500, RoboHounds, the second pick, Team 2077, Laser Robotics, and the third pick, Team 5205, FullMetal-Jackets. We were eliminated in the semifinals after two matches against the number one alliance. The winner of the Curie Division was the number one alliance. Not long after the competition it was time to say good bye to our seasons.