Well, we are off to a true Beaver Island start.  Our plan to attend the FRC kick-off event in Boyne City was thwarted by the weather.  But we made the best of it by gathering in our lab to watch the global launch event together and followed that up with a team lunch at the Shamrock.  Now we know what the challenge looks like.  It’ll be fun, but lots of work.

The game is played by two teams of three robots on a field with castles at each end and various defenses in between.  Here’s a computer generated picture of the field:


The field is a little bit smaller than the basketball court at BICS, but not much.  Our robot will be pretty good sized with a base that is about 30 inches square and a fully extended height of 2 to 3 feet with robotic arms that extend 6 feet of more.  Our season began on January 9 and we are excited to get started with the design and build of our robot.

If you are interested in the game, have a look a the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Broadcast or the game manual.