The Ultimate Ascent

January 14, 2013 by  

This spring, two teams from the Thomas Jefferson High School CCT Magnet Robotics class will be participating in the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC), beginning in January.

FIRST Robotics Challenge unveils this year's theme.

FIRST Robotics Challenge unveils this year’s theme.

On Saturday, January 5, 2013, students and instructors met bright and early at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where they eagerly gathered with hundreds of competitors to file into the IMAX Theater. It was here, via a live national NASA broadcast from New Hampshire, where FRC revealed its game for the year. Students, teachers, sponsors, and mentors are excited about all of the possibilities that lie ahead.

ULTIMATE ASCENT is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives.
The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible.
The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs.
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