January 6, 2014
Let the games begin!This morning, even before sunrise, Team 604 was up and ready at San Jose State University to kickoff the new season. After several weeks of toying with game hints from FIRST, the broadcast for the 2014 game was finally released, and this year's game is called Aerial Assist!The game is played on a 25'x 54' carpeted field with a truss that extends 6' above the center and spans the width of the field. Two alliances -- one red, one blue -- each consisting of three teams compete against each other during each match, and robots on the same alliance must work together to move a 2' diameter exercise ball from one end of the field to the other. Then robots will shoot the ball into either one of two 11'x 3' goals located 7' high, or robots may roll the ball into goals located on the lower corners of the field. Each match begins with 10 seconds of autonomous competition where robots each attempt to shoot one ball and drive forward to gain extra points. After that time, human players take control and teams will earn large bonuses if they successfully pass the ball over the truss and or catch the ball thrown by another robot before it hits the ground.After the presentation, Team 604 headed out to the courtyard to distribute the Kit of Parts to 60 FRC teams, including 8 rookie teams. This year's distribution took under 12 minutes, a new record! We were also thankful to see many of our alumni and to have their help at kickoff and our subsequent brainstorming session back at school. We're looking forward to a great season, and we wish everyone the best of luck!