LogoMotion is the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition game. The game pieces are inflatable inner tubes in the shape of the FIRST logo; a triangle, a circle, and a square. The pieces were to be picked up and placed on a rack to gain points. At the end of the game, robots deploy smaller robots (called “minibots”) to scale a tower. The game was made in honor of Jack Kamen, who designed the original FIRST logo. Matches of LogoMotion are 135 seconds long. In the first 15 seconds, robots move autonomously, or by themselves, with pre-programmed code that allows them to track and follow reflective tape on the floor. The robots attempt to place tubes on the rack while running autonomously. For the next 105 seconds, robots are driven by human players, attempting to pick up tubes and rack them. For the last 15 seconds, minibots are deployed to race up towers. The champion teams that won the 2011 Competition were;
The Cheesy Poofs – Team 254
Wildstang – Team 111
The Greybots – Team 973
Our robot, Ghong Zhu (Chinese for “princess”), incorporated a scissor lift design that could raise and lower an arm to scoop tubes from the floor and place them on all three pegs.
At the Orlando Regional competition, Team 3556 received FIRST’s Gracious Professionalism award, which is not only a very difficult achievement in itself, but we received it in our first year of competition.
At the “TnT” competition, Team 3556 was in the third seeded alliance with Team Krunch and Jungle Robotics. We were also the recipients of the Judge’s Award, for outstanding performance as a rookie team.