There are over 2,500 teams competing in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition, “Ultimate Ascent”. The teams are made up of over 50,000 high school students across 58 regions and 17 districts. All teams have six weeks to build their robot from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST. The robot must be built to meet FRC requirements and standards.
Teams compete over six weeks in March and April, followed by the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, which will be held April 24-27, 2013, in St. Louis, MO.
ULTIMATE ASCENTSM is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives.
The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible.
The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs. Scoring for the match is summarized below.