Recycle Rush

Robots dancing around the field to stack towers of totes are seen during this 2015 game, Recycle Rush. Robots are challenged to stack skyscrapers of game pieces. The game pieces consist of storage bins, known as the totes; and large cylinder recycling bins, known as the containers.

Two alliances comprised of three different robots compete against each other during this two-and-a-half-minute game. The first part of the match is the Autonomous Period. This is a preprogrammed 15-second period when the team members are not allowed to touch any controls. In this time, the robots’ goal is to stack the yellow totes and green containers, and  alliances can earn up to 32 points.

After the 15 seconds are up, drivers remotely control robots in the Teleoperated Period when drivers attempt to stack up to six totes, with a container on top and a pool noodle in the container. Other gray totes are taken from the selected Alliance Station and the Landfill. This stack can be worth up to 40 points.

One of the main aspects of this game is “Coopertition” — “founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.”

For a more detailed description; visit www.usfirst.org/frc and go to Game and Season Info, then Competition Manual and Updates.

Match Time: 2 minutes and 30 seconds long

Match Format: 15 second Autonomous/2 minute 15 second Teleoperated