2018 - POWER UP!

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 center balancing scale using a rung attached to the tower, giving them additional points.

Competitions Attended

Team RUSH was 61-26-0 in official play in 2018 at:

  • Central New York Regional
  • Milford District
  • Livonia District
  • Michigan State Championship
  • World Championship

Awards Won

Innovation in Controls Award - Central New York Regional

Industrial Design Award - Milford District

District Champion - Livonia District

Gracious Professionalism Award - Livonia District

Dean's List (Valentina Vargas) - Michigan State Championship

Industrial Design Award - Michigan State Championship

Entrepreneurship Award - World Championship

Daly Division Champion - World Championship

World Champion - World Championship


Robot Abilities

Drive Train: 6 Wheel Drive

Wheels: 4 Omni on corners + 2 Traction in the center

Transmission: Single Speed with Power Take Off


  • Robot had deployable forklift for lifting partners off the ground.
  • Spring loaded hooks swing up to attach to pipe.
  • Elevator + Gripper intake used to aquire and place cubes