was the 1997 game for the FIRST Robotics Competition
. This was the first year that FRC had a regional event outside of its origins in New Hampshire. In 1997, in addition to Manchester
, FRC had regionals in Chicago
and New Brunswick, New Jersey
, as well as the championship event
at a complex set up in the Epcot
parking lot. It was also the first year in which the scoring object was not a ball.
The playing field is a carpeted, hexagon-shaped area with a central goal. Around the perimeter of the field are three stations for human players, who work with remote controlled robots on the field to score points. At the start of each match, each team has 3 colored inner tubes at their player station and six tubes on the field, located in stacks distributed evenly around the goal.
Each robot can weigh up to , and must start each match small enough to fit inside a 3' x 3' x 4' space. This had the disadvantage that robots couldn't fit through a standard doorway, and there were rumors of robots being assembled in a room, and when they tried to take it out to ship, it wouldn't fit through a door. The robots are powered by two Skil 12 volt
rechargeable batteries and use motors from Skil, Delco, and Delphi Interior and Lighting, speed controllers from Tekin, pumps from McCord Winn Textron, air cylinders and valves from Numatics, Inc., and a programmable control system... Read More