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2017 Game: FIRST Steamworks

During the 2017 year, team 2053 used a sheet metal design with our drive gearboxes built into the drivebase for durability. We focused on getting the gears to the ship as fast as possible.

2017 Game: FIRST Steamworks

Robot Name: Crouton Cruncher

Record: 8 - 6


  • Greater Pittsburgh Regional


  • Team Spirit Award

Robot Information

  • Mecanum drivebase
  • Hatch mechanism for grabbing gears from player station and putting them on ship
  • Flywheel shooter for shooting whiffle balls into goal
  • Climbed up custom rope with claw like mechanism

Game Information

FIRST Steamworks, stylized as FIRST STEAMworks, was the FIRST Robotics Competition game for the 2017 season. As in past games, two alliances of three individual teams and their robots compete on a field to score “match” point to win the game and ranking points to advance to playoff rounds. The game has a steampunk theme and teams are required to shoot wiffle balls which represent fuel into a simulated boiler which transfers the generated steam into an airship in the middle of the field. Each alliance has one airship, which they pressurize with steam from the boiler and load with plastic gears from the field. At the end of the match, robots can climb and hang on team-supplied ropes (or standard ropes supplied by FIRST) attached to the airship for additional points.

2017 Game: FIRST Steamworks

Below is a video describing the game in more detail: