2016 - Stronghold

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.

Competitions Attended

Team RUSH was 68-19-1 in official play in 2016 at:

  • Buckeye Regional
  • Livonia District
  • Woodhaven District
  • Michigan State Championship
  • World Championship

Awards Won

Quality Award - Buckeye Regional

Industrial Design Award - Livonia District

District Champion - Livonia District

Quality Award - Woodhaven District

State Champion - Michigan State Championship


Robot Abilities

Drive Train: 8 Wheel Drive

Wheels: 4 Pneumatic (outside) and 4 traction (center)

Transmission: Single Speed


  • Capable of crossing all obstacles except low-bar (even the portcullis!)
  • Single utility arm to manipulate obstacles and acquire balls
  • Shoots balls into the tower high goal