2017-2018: FIRST Power Up

FIRST Power Up, stylised as FIRST POWER UP, is the FIRST Robotics Competition game for the 2018 season. It involves two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and performing specific tasks on a field to score points. The game has a retro 8-bit theme and teams are required to place milk crates, or “power cubes”, on large balancing scales to tip the scale and gain ownership. Alliances can also trade power cubes for power ups, giving them a temporary advantage in a match. At the end of the match, robots can climb the tower attached to the centre balancing scale using a rung attached to the tower, giving them additional points.

Leadership Team

Name: Thuy N.
Grade: 12th
Position: President

Name: Evan L.
Grade: 12th
Position: Vice President

Name: Aanya S.
Grade: 11th
Position: Secretary

Name: Binh N.
Grade: 11th
Position: Treasurer

Name: Nathan D.
Grade: 12h
Position: Engineering Lead

Name: Thenu S.
Grade: 12th
Position: Public Relations Lead

Name: Sang Gi K.
Grade: 12th
Position: Programming Lead

Name: Charlie H.
Grade: 10th
Position: Safety Captain

Name: Trinity Bento.
Grade: 12th
Position: Mechanical Lead

Name: Marisa N.
Grade: 11th
Position: Events lead

Name: Ryan L.
Grade: 12th
Position: Sub-programming Lead

Name: Eric Y.
Grade: 10th
Position: Webmaster

Name: Rojeen F.
Grade: 12th
Position: Sub-Mechanical Lead

Name: Kayla M.
Grade: 10th
Position: Awards Lead

Name: Adil Q.
Grade: 11th
Position: Sub-programming lead

 Name: Mikki M.
Grade: 11th
Position: Team Image Lead

Name: Russell O.
Grade: 11th
Position: Electrical Lead

Name: Preet A.
Grade: 11th
Strategy Lead

Name: Rajan N.
Sub-Strategy Leadd

 Name: Adil Q.
Grade: 11th
Position: Sub-Strategy Lead

Name: Rohan B.
Grade: 11th
Position: Sub-Electrical Lead

Our Robot

Name: Quikswitch

Dimension: 20′ W X 33′ L X 51′ H

Weight: 120 lbs

Concept: Our Robot was designed to quickly place power cubes on both the switches and scale.


  • 2 speed West Coast Drive, with 1/8” drop center; 8.5 ft/s low gear 17 ft/s high gear
  • Spring Loaded Intake using complaint wheels
  •  Single-Stage Elevator with Arm allowing for quick and accurate intake and placements


San Francisco Regionals:
  • Regional Finalists
  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
  • Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
Silicon Valley Regionals:
  • Wildcard
  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers