It has finally arrived! Kick Off for the newest season for FIRST Robotics. For the first time in 2 years we have had an in person kick off to watch the new game reveal. Attended by approximately 40 students, 15 mentors, 2 teachers, and our new high school Principal the excitement was high as the game reveal approached. Shortly after the reveal began lunch and the reading of the rules which seamlessly blends into discussions on strategy on how best to play the game. As the weekend progresses we will see mechanisms envisioned, a drive base designed, and game play acted out.

In RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company, two competing alliances are invited to process
cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color (red or blue, based on alliance affiliation)
to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo
retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance
robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport!
Each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period, during which time alliance robots operate only
on pre-programmed instructions to score points by:
• taxiing from their tarmac and
• retrieving and scoring their assigned cargo into the hub.
In the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, drivers take control of the robots and score points by:
• continuing to retrieve and score their assigned cargo into the hub and
• engaging with their hangar.
The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match wins!

If you wish to watch the game animation click here

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