2016 Stronghold



FIRST STRONGHOLD is a game were each alliance commands one tower, five defenses, and a ‘secret passage’ which allows their robots to restock on ammunition, called boulders. One defense in each alliance’s set of five, the low bar, is a permanent part of the field. Three defenses are selected strategically by the alliance prior to the start of their match. The final defense changes periodically by audience selection. Each FIRST STRONGHOLD match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate independently of human control. During this period, robots attempt to cross opposing defenses and score in the opposing tower.

Game Strategy

Truck Town Thunder, by the end of its first meeting of build season, came up with a basic game strategy. The team concluded that the most effective way to score points and earn ranking points is to focus on breaching the enemy's defenses. It is ideal that the robot is able to cross every defense by itself. The secondary priority is to score tower goals, preferably the high ones, with time left over after breaching.



  • Reach the Outer Works
  • Cross the Outer Works
  • Shoot pre-loaded boulders into the high goal


  • Breach the Outer Works
  • Intake boulders
  • Shoot high goals


Week 5

February 13, 2016
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Week 6

February 20, 2016
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2016 Robot Reveal

March 3, 2016

Ortonville, Michigan, March 3, 2016  – Truck Town Thunder is excited to present their 20th robot since 1998 to compete in this year’s challenge FIRST Stronghold. Truck Town Thunder’s student lead experience is leading the state in STEM Education. The FIRST Progression of programs is an excellent educational opportunity for all ages, Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. Starting with FIRST Lego…

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T3 robot in action

Tippecanoe Qualification Match 72

March 17, 2016

Our alliance consisted of teams 447, 4791, 68 We lost 63 to 49

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Chairmans Award Video

T3 Chariman’s 2016

March 28, 2016

Lansing District Chairman’s Award

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