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The 2018 YETI Team


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


Our 2018 Robot: Avalanche


Robot Info:

  • 6in pneumatic 8WD West Coast Style tank drive, 6 CIMS with pneumatic shifters 22ft/s.

  • Variable intake arm which is laser cut from ¼in aluminum sheet pivots by one rs775 motor with a VersaPlanetary Gearbox 330:1.

  • Roller bar built into pivoting arm to grab power cube using two rs775 motors with a 50:1 VersaPlanetary Gearbox. 

  • Each roller bar contains two 4 35A durometer compliant wheels which are chained to motors.

  • Capable of picking up power cubes from any orientation.

  • Continuous elevator enables the intake arm to raise 7ft in 2 seconds.

  • Elevator controlled with encoders and limit switches.

  • Winch made from 2 rs775 motors with Vex VersaPlanetary Gearbox 28:1 which spools dyneema cord.


Avalanche was 30-27-0 in official play and 39-37-0 overall in 2018. Team 3506 ranked 11 in the state having earned 182 points.

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