We kicked off our 2017 build season at our home base, NASA Ames. After members of the leadership team attended the live broadcast at San Jose State, we convened as a whole group to discuss game strategy.
The game this year is called Steamworks. Robots must score balls, or "fuel," in "boilers" located in the corners of the field. They must also bring gears to human players on "airships" in the middle of the field; the human players will install the gears on a rotor, and points will be scored when there are enough gears to turn the rotor. Lastly, robots may climb ropes attached to the airships as the end-game challenge.