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2016 Game: FIRST Stronghold

During the 2016 year, team 2053 developed a one-of-a-kind drivetrain called Macatankanum. This allowed the robot to be manuverable and still traverse the obstacles on the field.

2016 Game: FIRST Stronghold

Robot Name: MecaTankanum

Record: 16 - 8


  • Greater Pittsburgh Regional
  • SBPLI Long Island Regional


  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Robot Information

  • Innovative drivetrain using mecanum wheels and tanktread to traverse obstacles
  • Powerful dual flywheel shooter
  • Climb to the high rung

Reveal Video

Game Information

FIRST Stronghold was the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game. The game was played by two alliances of up to three teams each, and involves breaching the opponents’ defenses, known as outer work as well as capturing their tower by first firing “boulders” (small foam balls) at it, and then surrounding or scaling the tower using a singular rung on the tower wall. Points were scored by crossing elements of the tower’s outer works, shooting boulders into the opposing tower’s five goals in order to lower the tower strength, and by surrounding and scaling the tower.

2016 Game: FIRST Stronghold

Below is a video describing the game in more detail: