Fall Build Projects Are In Full Swing

FIRST Steamworks comes out January 7, 2017. Until then, the team decided to design our own FRC-style game to train new members and keep us busy until January. Here’s what we came up with.



Our game (yet to be named), is played on a scaled down field (~20×20′) by two FTC-sized robots. It recycles game elements from previous years, as well as incorporates wholly new gameplay. On one end of the field are two colored goals, red and blue, as well as a single high goal resembling the one from Aerial Assist. The two colored low goals each are covered by a freely swinging hinged door, opening outward onto the field. In the center of the field are static defenses from 2016’s Stronghold, as well as a narrow gap (~14″) between two of these defenses. Behind the wall of obstacles is a ball feeding area, where human players introduce a 6″ diameter foam ball onto the field. Much like stronghold, robots can only possess one ball at a time and must cross over the defenses each time to retrieve a new ball.


Robots can score points in the following ways:

  • Scoring a ball into their team’s low goal.
  • Opening the door in front of their own low goal for the first time.
  • Closing the opposing team’s low goal door. (They must be careful, however. If they are tagged by an opposing robot while in the process of closing the door, a penalty is incurred on them).
  • Scoring a high goal.


The game should hopefully get new members acquainted with FIRST in a low-stress, scaled down build season, and present engineering challenges new and old. On our kick-off day this past week, we introduced new members to the game and split them up into three teams for the fall. We hope to hold a tournament event for the three teams this December, and invite members of the community to come watch.





Calling all Leaders

The 2016-2017 robotics pre-season is about to start (check out the schedule here) and we are in need a few good leaders.  We are going to have 2 levels of leadership on the team this year.

  1. Leadership Team
  2. Sub Team Leaders
    1. Lead
    2. Co-Lead

The leadership team will be responsible or the overall team.  The sub team Leads and Co-Leads will work together to manage all of the activities of their sub team.  The sub teams include;

  • Fundraising & Media Sub Team
  • Awards & Documentation Sub Team
  • Integration Sub Team
  • Manipulation Sub Team
  • End Effector Sub Team
  • Controls & Electrical Sub Team
  • Software Sub Team

You can learn more about each of the above positions here


If you are interested in taking on any of the above leadership positions please fill in this form before the 9th https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4COdtPY9TNGsoRDDYTh45xmsxEhMEmteotJSdgxnZMZUFEQ/viewform

FRC Team 1389’s 2016 Budget

FRC teams are expensive, costing between $10,000 $120,000 per year. Here is our team’s budget for 2016 based on the fund raising we have done so far.

  • Revenue – $25,000
    • Student fees – $16,000
      • 40 x $400
    • Grants – $2,000
      • Walt Whitman Foundation $2,000
    • Monetary Donations – $5,000
      • Lockheed $2,500
      • Booz Allen Hamilton $2,500
    • In Kind Donations – $2,000
    • Fund Raisers – $2,000
  • Expenses – $24,500
    • Registrations – $11,000
      • 2 season events x $5,000
      • 3 off season events x $300
    • Robot – $8,000
    • Team food – $2,000
    • Tools – $2,000
    • Miscellaneous – $1,500

Each year the team tries to put more in than they take out so that the team can cover the expenses of future years or deal with emergency costs.

  • It does include registration for the super regional, if the team does not earn a slot those funds can be saved for next year
  • It does not include going to nationals.