March 23rd-25th, 2017

The Secret City Wildbots are primed for competition this weekend in the FIRST Robotics “FIRST Steamworks” challenge.  This year’s event invites teams and their robots to join an adventure club and prepare their airship for flight. Teams were challenged to build their robot for collecting and placing gears on their airship for their pilots (the team’s human player) to populate gear trains to start their airships rotors, scoring fuel (“wiffleballs”) into a low goal or firing them into a high goal of their boiler in order to build up steam pressure, and lastly, climbing a rope to board their airship so they can help their pilots win the race.

The Secret City Wildbots, along with their alliance, were semi-finalists at the Palmetto Regional in Myrtle Beach, SC. March 2-4. Since then the team has made significant improvements to their practice robot, all of which have to be transferred to the Luna, their competition robot in a three-hour span prior to the practice matches.  March 23 will consist of practice matches from noon to 6:30 p.m., with qualification matches on Friday and Saturday morning.  The alliance selections take place at noon on Saturday, with the final rounds from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public.