2017 - Steamworks

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.

Competitions Attended

Team RUSH was 47-36-1 in official play in 2017 at:

  • Northern Lights Regional
  • Waterford District
  • Howell District
  • Michigan State Championship
  • World Championship

Awards Won

Entrepreneurship Award - Northern Lights Regional

Engineering Inspiration Award - Waterford District

District Champion - Waterford District

Quality Award - Howell District

Dean's List (Brandon Kirk) - Michigan State Championship

Industrial Design Award - Michigan State Championship

Engineering Inspiration Award - World Championship

Finalist- Northern Lights, Worlds division


Robot Abilities

Drive Train: 6 Wheel Drive

Wheels: 6 Traction Wheels (Blue Nitrile)

Transmission: Single Speed


  • Combination retractable harvester/gear delivery mechanism
  • Dual turrets for simultaneous shooting of fuel into boiler
  • Velcro winch for attaching to and climbing up rope for end game

Photo Credit to Daniel Ernst