Truck Town Thunder

Rebound Rumble

THE GAME

The Rebound Rumble SM robotics game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the 2-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score Alliances more points. Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match. In matches where opponent Alliances work together to balance on the white bridge, all participating teams earn additional valuable seeding points.

The Field
Rebound Rumble is played on a 27-foot by 54-foot field, called the arena.  Tape of the appropriate color designates where each alliance’s alley and key is located.  In these areas the alliance of the matching color cannot be interfered with by robots of the opposing alliance, in it they are safe.  Spanning the center of the arena is the barrier that robots may traverse, adding difficulty to the game.  If a robot doesn’t want to brave the barrier then there are three bridges over it.  The red and blue bridges can only be used by a robot of the same alliance color.  The middle bridge is the coopertition bridge, and can be used by any robot.  At both ends of the arena are four colored hoops at three different heights, and only a robot of the appropriate alliance can score in them.  Behind the hoops on each side are the alliance stations, where teams operate their robots.

The Scoring
In Rebound Rumble the points are calculated during the match, so at the end of the match the total score for each alliance will be displayed.  The total includes all of the points scored by the robots, the additional points from balancing in the final 30 seconds and any points from fouls.  In Rebound Rumble fouls give points to the other alliance, the amount varying depending on the severity of the foul. In the end the alliance with the largest point total wins. The basket scoring range based on the location of the basket. The top basket, the alliance will receive three points, the middle two points and the lowest level the alliance will receive one point. Bridge scoring happens in the last 30 seconds. Alliance who are able to balance one robot will receive 10 points, two robots 20 points and three robots 20 points (40 points in elimination matches).

The Game Pieces
Rebound Rumble is played using special FIRST basketballs. The basketballs are 8 inches in diameter and made of compact foam and each ball has the FIRST logo on the front.  Each robot is allowed to hold up to three of these balls at any one time.

Hybrid Period
During the first 15 seconds of the match the drivers are not allowed to control their robots.  Instead each alliance may chose a single human player from one of their three alliance teams to use the Microsoft Kinect provided for each alliance.  This human player interacts with the Kinect and uses it to control a single robot from their alliance.  During this time any baskets scored by a robot will receive a three point bonus.

Teleoperated Period
After the autonomous period drivers assume control of their robots.  Teams are then able to score by getting the basketballs through the hoops. In the final 30 seconds of the match, teams can gain extra points by balancing their robots on the bridges in the middle of the court.  Robots from both alliances can balance on the coopertition bridge, which will give the balancing robot’s alliances more points towards their qualification points for the tournament.

THE ROBOT

Drivetrain & Chassis
8 – 4″ IFI wheels wide based robot with center drop 1/8″
4 Cim driving Custom T3 Dual Speed Transmission

Shooter
Pitching machine style shooter
2 wheels powered by 2 BaneBot Motors independently

Drivetrain & Chassis
8 – 4″ IFI wheels wide based robot with center drop 1/8″
4 Cim driving Custom T3 Dual Speed Transmission

Shooter
Pitching machine style shooter
2 wheels powered by 2 BaneBot Motors independently

Ball Collection
Polycord® conveyor system powered by Fisher-Price Motor
Ball Intake roller powered by Banebot Motor

Bridge Manipulation
Front Wedge Manipulator powered by pnuematic actuators

Barrier Crossing
Bridge Manipulation device doubles as ramp to get up over bump
rollers between wheels to help over ramp
2″ width back wheels to help over
Polycord® conveyor system powered by Fisher-Price Motor
Ball Intake roller powered by Banebot Motor

Bridge Manipulation
Front Wedge Manipulator powered by pnuematic actuators

Barrier Crossing
Bridge Manipulation device doubles as ramp to get up over bump
rollers between wheels to help over ramp
2″ width back wheels to help over

NEWS

KETTERING KICKOFF

October 1, 2011

Earlier this year, on September 17, Truck both returning students and new members, walked away with a greater understanding of FIRST and a better attitude.” Town Thunder competed at Kettering University’s “Kettering Kick-off”.  This is an off-season event Kettering puts on in order to kickoff the new school year and an upcoming FIRST season. This event was created…

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FIRST KICKOFF EVENT

January 3, 2012

Ortonville, Michigan, January 4, 2012 — The Truck Town Thunder(T3) Robotics team will be hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Event on January 7, 2012. T3 is inviting the community, sponsors, and parents to come watch the 2012 challenge presented at the Brandon School District ITEC Center at 609 S. Ortonville Rd., Ortonville, MI 48462. Community members…

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TRUCK TOWN THUNDER WRAPS UP ANOTHER BUILD SEASON

February 24, 2012

The Truck Town Thunder Robotics, FIRST Team 68, has wrapped up another FIRST Robotics Build Season. Every year FIRST Robotics initiates a challenge to high school students all over the world on the first Saturday of January. Teams are then given six weeks, ending February 21, 2012, to design, fabricate, and program a robot to…

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Truck Town Thunder Robotics Team ready for competition

March 5, 2012

Article in the Oakland Press  News PDF of article  

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TRUCK TOWN THUNDER’S SUSTAINABILITY IS HIGHLIGHTED

March 15, 2012

The Truck Town Thunder Robotics Team attended the FIRST Robotics Waterford District Competition this past weekend. The team entered this year’s competition season strong. The team advanced to the Quarterfinals and was honored with the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The Entrepreneurship Award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team…

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