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Two Bedford High School Teams To Compete At 2017 Indiana FIRST Robotics St. Joseph District Event
Updated March 10, 2017 6:49 AM
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(ST. JOSEPH) - After six intense weeks of robot designing and building, two Bedford robotic teams will assemble in Mishawaka from March 11th-12th to participate in the St. Joseph District Event as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Bedford teams competing are 5403 Aluminosity and 6012 STEAMROLLERS.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) hopes to achieve a cultural change by inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders.

Zhuling Page, a senior on the Southport High School CyberCards team, explained that "it's going to be fun to see new robots, the designs other teams have made, and how our robot performs on the field. I am proud of what we've done and I'm excited to be competing."

FIRST STEAMWORKS℠ the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate race.

The atmosphere of a robotics competition is markedly similar to a basketball game; fans decked out in spirited clothing, constant cheering, and the moments of euphoria when a team scores just before the buzzer rings. It's a truly incredible experience for all involved.

The event will be held at Penn High School, 56100 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545 on March 11-12. There is no admission to view the evevnt. A live stream will can be seen at

Schedule of events:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am- Pits Open, Practice Rounds, & Inspection
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am- Run for Robots 5K
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am- Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm- Qualification Matches
  • 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm- Sponsor & Scholarship Tables Open
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm- Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm- FLL & FTC Demos
  • 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm- Qualification Matches
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm- Next Gen. Day
  • 8:00 pm - Pits Close*

Sunday, March 12, 2017

  • 8:00 am - Pits Open
  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm- Sponsor & Scholarship Tables Open
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am- Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm- Qualification Matches
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm- Alliance Selections
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm- Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm- Final Rounds
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm- Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm- Winning Alliance & Cultural Award photos
  • 7:00 pm - Pits Close*

*Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds. See Pit Administration table for updated times.

Sponsor Information

This event wouldn't have been possible without support from the following 2017 FRC Indiana District St. Joseph Event & IndianaFIRST State-Wide Sponsors: AndyMark, Rolls-Royce, Renaissance Electronic Services, University of Indianapolis, Penn High School, Rarebird, Software Engineering Professionals,, Dow AgroSciences, MTD, 80/20, Inc., ProShow, Visit South Bend, Allied Automation, Barnes & Thornburg, Cook, Cargill, Amazon, Raytheon, &

Game Description

FIRST STEAMWORKS℠ the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate race.

Each three-team alliance adventure club prepares to take flight in three ways:

  • Build Steam Pressure. Robots collect fuel represented by green balls. They score it in high and low goals in their boiler. As fuel is scored steam pressure in the tank on the alliance's airship builds - the high goal builds pressure faster than the low goal.
  • Start Rotors. Robots retrieve and deliver gears to pilots on their airship who then install them on the appropriate rotor. Once a gear train is complete the rotor can be started.
  • Prepare for Flight. Adventure clubs want their robots to climb aboard their airships so they can assist the pilots during the race.

Autonomous Period: Robots operate independently from programmed instructions for the first 15 seconds. Adventure clubs autonomously score points by:

  • Reaching their baseline
  • Delivering gears to the airship
  • Scoring fuel into the boilers

Each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate only on programmed instructions. During this period, robots work to support the three efforts listed above and also get points for crossing their baseline.

Teleoperated Period: Operators take control for the final two minutes and fifteen seconds. Adventure Clubs continue to score points by:

  • Collecting and delivering gears to their airship
  • Scoring fuel in the boilers
  • Climbing the ropes on their airship to prepare for flight
  • Populating gear trains to start rotors
  • Defending against other Adventure Clubs
  • During the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, the teleoperated period, student drivers control robots. Teams on an alliance work together to build as much pressure and start as many rotors as possible, but they have to be sure they leave enough time to latch on to their airship before the end of the match.

The adventure club with the highest score at the end of the match is best prepared for the race and wins. Alliances are seeded in the Qualification tournament using ranking points which are awarded based on a combination of their Win-Loss-Tie record (2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie), the number of times they reach a 40 kiloPascal (kPa) pressure threshold (1 point), and the number of times they start all rotors (1 point).


Detailed event information. This includes team list, rankings as event proceeds, detailed match schedule, and qualification results posted at this link:

STEAMWORKS Game Animation



FIRST Press Room posted at this link:


Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who introduced the IBOT Mobility System and the Segway Human Transporter (HT), FIRST was created to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools, and their communities. The FIRST® Robotics Competition anticipates over 3,100 teams in the U.S. and 24 countries worldwide to compete in 53 Regional Events and 65 District Events. Thousands of students will compete at the district, state and regional events to earn a spot at the World Championship to be held April 27-30 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.

"FIRST isn't about competing, it's about cooperating, and recognizing that if you have the right tools, you'll be able to make this world a better place for yourself and for the country," said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST Founder, adding, "There is no stimulus package that will have as much return as stimulating a bunch of kids to become the workforce of the future, the problem solvers, the creators of the future."

This season, participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for more than $50 million in scholarships being made available by nearly 200 scholarship providers.


Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

About IndianaFIRST

IndianaFIRST is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs in the state of Indiana. FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform our culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, IndianaFIRST brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science, and technology that they can relate back to their class work. Kids compete against other kids in district, state, and world championship competitions in what is frequently called "The Super Bowl of Smarts."

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