2019: Destination: Deep Space
Polyphemus, named after the cyclops that appears in Homer's The Odyssey and our most successful robot at this time, is a six-wheel drive-train containing a single stage elevator with an arm and a claw. The claw is designed to carry cargo during the sandstorm (autonomous) and panels from the human player stations. It also has four pistons in each of the four corners to allow it to climb up to Level 2 of the Habitat. Polyphemus competed in the Arizona North Regional between March 14-16, 2019 and in the Arizona West Regional on April 3-6, 2019.
Zoidberg was the robot we built and powered up for FIRST Robotics Competition: FIRST Power-Up. Named after the character from Matt Groening’s “Futurama”, our robot picks up 13” by 13” milk crates by using compression wheels attached to bag motors. Zoidberg would drop the cubes off on switches or push them through holes where someone would pick them up. Plus, the robot is able to climb 8ft through the use of a winch on the robot’s behind. Zoidberg competed in the Arizona North & West Regionals between March 7-10, 2018 and April 4-7, 2018, respectively, in the World Championship, Hopper Division between April 18-21, 2018, and the Sanghi Foundation FRC Competition AZ State Championship on October 13, 2018.
The 2017 competition required a robot that collected fuel and dropped them off into furnaces and drop gears to flying machines. Named after the Nintendo character that ate everything in its path, Chain Chomp quickly collected fuel and shot them with quick accuracy and got a gear into the flying machine during autonomous mode. Chain Chomp competed in four different competitions, the most, to date, any of our robots competed in: Arizona North Regional on March 8-11, 2017, Arizona West Regional on April 5-8, 2017, the World Championship, Turing Division on April 19-22, 2017, and the Sanghi Foundation FRC AZ State Championship on October 21, 2017.
2016's robot, The Red Queen had several tasks to complete. It has to cross obstacles such as gates, moats, and rough terrain, shoot boulders at a tower, and eventually climb it. The Red Queen did all of that by having pneumatic tires, hook arms with pistons to lift up some obstacles and to climb, and a shooter that collects the boulders and shoots them. The Red Queen competed in the Arizona North Regional on March 9-12, 2016, the Arizona West Regional on April 6-9, 2016, and made history as the first Firebirds robot to compete in the World Championship, Hopper Division between April 27-30, 2016.
2015: Recycle Rush
2015's robot, Carnicus picked up empty totes and stacked them off of each other and then would stack a trashcan and pool noodles on top of them. It picked up to three totes on the side with its arms, with the center pieced latching on beforehand. Carnicus competed in the Arizona East Regional between March 18-21, 2015 and in the Las Vegas Regional March 25-28, 2015.
2014: Aerial Assist
2014's robot was Lady Guinevere. This robot hoisted a two-foot ball seven feet in the air by firing a 220 lb piston to put tension into six bungee cords. Guinevere had a six wheel tank drive for superior maneuverability that held her stable through rough play. She spirals balls off the floor into the catapult using two contra-rotating beater bars coated in high friction matting. We outfitted her with every sensor we had in our shop to allow her to understand her surroundings. The Lady competed in the Arizona Regional between March 20-22, 2014 and the Las Vegas Regional between April 3-5, 2014.
2013: Ultimate Ascent
2013's robot, Sharon, was designed to fire frisbees and climb a metal pyramid. She fired frisbees into goals eight feet in the air from up to 40 feet away. Quick to act, all of her systems were controlled by electric motors for instant torque. The best thing about Sharon is literally everything. Killing machine, show stopper, and all around powerhouse are but a few ways you could describe the robot. Zoom, zoom like a Mazda does this robot travel across the field at 12.5 ft per second. Sharon competed in the Phoenix Regional between March 21-23, 2013 and the Las Vegas April 4-6, 2013.
2012: Rebound Rumble
Reboot competed in the Arizona Regional between March 22-24, 2012 and the Las Vegas Regional between April 5-7, 2012.
The 2011 robot, Scorpio, was our team's most successful robot at this time, equipped with vinyl tubes that stretched up to nine feet. Parallel to the main robot, he had a minibot that had to climb a ten-foot pole in less than ten seconds. Nearing the finals, Scorpio seeded 5th place in the Arizona Regional tournament. Scorpio competed in the Arizona Regional and the Las Vegas Regional on March 17-19, 2011 and March 31-April 2, 2011, respectively.
Our second robot, Herbie, competed in the Arizona Regional between March 11-13, 2010. and in the Las Vegas Regional between April 1-3, 2010
Our first robot, Marvin competed in the Arizona Regional between March 19-21, 2009.