Game Description 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bruce Farver   
Sunday, 08 January 2017 22:43

FIRST STEAMWORKS,SM the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race.

Each three-team alliance prepares to take flight in three ways:

  1. Build Steam Pressure. Robots collect fuel represented by green balls. They score it in high and low goals in their boiler. As fuel is scored steam pressure in the tank on the alliance’s airship builds – the high goal builds pressure faster than the low goal.
  2. Start Rotors. Robots retrieve and deliver gears to pilots on their airship who then install them on the appropriate rotor. Once a gear train is complete the rotor can be started.
  3. Prepare for Flight. Adventure clubs want their robots to climb aboard their airships so they can assist the pilots during the race.

Autonomous Period:

Robots operate independently from preprogrammed instructions for the first 15 seconds.

Adventure clubs score points by:

  • Reaching their baseline
  • Delivering gears to the airship
  • Scoring fuel into the boilers

Teleoperated Period:

Operators take control for the final two minutes and fifteen seconds.
Adventure Clubs continue to score points by:

  • Collecting and delivering gears to their airship
  • Scoring fuel in the boilers
  • Climbing the ropes on their airship to prepare for flight
  • Populating gear trains to start rotors
  • Defending against other Adventure Clubs The adventure club with the highest score at the end of the match is best prepared for the race and wins.

The adventure club with the highest score at the end of the match is best prepared for the race and wins!!!

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 January 2017 23:10
2017 Suffield Shakedown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bruce Farver   
Sunday, 08 January 2017 22:21

ITS BACK!! Suffield Shakedown Scrimmage!!!

Aces High will be hosting our Suffield Shakedown Scrimmage again this year. 


Saturday, February 18th 2017


Suffield High School
1060 Sheldon Street
West Suffield, CT 06093


Registration begins at 8, more schedule details to follow.

Aces High Point Of Contact: Linda

More details to follow, so stay tuned!!!

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 01:46
Suffield Shakedown 2016 Team List PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Horn   
Sunday, 10 January 2016 16:24

Hi everyone,

Only two days until Suffield Shakedown.  To watch the webcast go to and click on the "Watch Now" link.  Here is the current team list:


176 – Aces High

178 – Second Law Enforcers

3718 – Junkyard Battalion

2170 – Titanium Tomahawks

181 – Birds of Prey

571 – Team Paragon

2067 – Apple Pi

2836 – Team Beta

716 – Who’sCTEKS

4055 – NRG (Northwestern Robotics Gearheads)

1071 – Team Max

230 – Gaelhawks

558 – Elm City Robo Squad

263 – Sachem Robotics

5856 – Bullbots

839 – Rosie Robotics

1740 – Ledyard Cyber Colonels

3654 – Tech Tigers

177 – Bobcats

5686 – Wirecats

237 – Black Magic

3146 – Granby Grunts

2869 – The Regal Eagles

1099 – Disco Techs

3461 – Operation PEACCE

173 – RAGE

4557 – FullMetal Falcons

3525 – The Nuts and Bolts of Fury

2168 – Aluminum Falcons



Wait List:


2084 – Robots by the C

3182 – Athena’s Warriors

3464 – Sim-City

228 – Gus Robotics

4987 – MegaRams

229 – Division by Zero

999 - MechaRams

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:06
Suffield Shakedown 2016 Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Horn   
Friday, 08 January 2016 17:36

ITS BACK!! Suffield Shakedown Scrimmage!!!

It's time to register for the annual Suffield Shakedown Scrimmage! We hope that your team will be able to join us this year. Attached are the forms you need, but here is a quick reference list:

Date - Saturday, February 20, 2016
Place - Suffield High School, Sheldon Street, Suffield CT
Time - Registration begins at 8 - see the agenda for more details

Pre Ordering Pizzas has changed a little - check out the flyer.

Aces High is also asking for your assistance with their community outreach project. Last year, Aces donated new, unused T-Shirts to Haiti. Does your team have overstock of team shirts? Consider bringing them along to the Scrimmage to donate. All teams who assist with this will be listed on the donation form that goes to Haiti!

Any questions or help needed, contact me at this address or call me at 860-558-0249.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you again at the Scrimmage this year. Good luck with build season starting tomorrow!!
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2016 16:51
River Rage 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Horn   
Monday, 14 December 2015 19:50

River Rage



We went to River Rage 10/17/15, an off-season competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. We met at Windsor Locks High School at five o’clock in the morning to take a two and a half hour ride north. Everyone in the van was so tired that no one noticed the food that was in a cardboard box until we got there.   


Definition of being tired, 9 students and 3 adults get all the way to NH and then realize there is breakfast food in the van. Then they forget to bring it in the building.


It’s really neat that people can dress up at this event because it was close to Halloween. There were interesting outfits worn. Some teams even dressed up their robots. It was really cool how creative some people can be.


When we arrived at the competition we had to set up extremely fast because we were in the first match.  We started the day with a 44-point match. As the matches went on we found success by taking advantage of “The Great Pumpkin” which was a green recycling bin painted orange like a pumpkin. This was used to top the stacks to earn 20 extra points instead of the regular 4 points for a normal green bin.


Stress level high between match 17 and 19 with laptop battery giving out.


When match 19 ended, the referee had stated that this round was “the best match of the day so far”. The score was 150.  As you can see this off-season event of Recycle Rush is a great competition. Our score had continued to increase through the competition.


We were in 5th place ready to go into round 24, during that round we got alliance with the first place team and the sixth place team at the time. We had scored 89 to 62 and we were still in 5th place.   The drive team consisting of Ciera who was the human player, Stephanie who was controlling the end-effector, Jake who was controlling the chasse, Seth who was learning the ropes of the drive team and of course Mr. Horn directing them all making sure everything runs smoothly. As a team they were very successful in the matches that were played. We were doing great no matter what alliance we were either red or blue.


Seth, one of our newest member who was on FTC and transitioning to FRC said this about the event, “The transition from FTC to FRC was a big one. The fields and robots are both a lot bigger. The pits are more crowded and there are people everywhere. The game is also a bit faster pace than FTC.”


At the end of the qualifying matches, we ranked number 5.  During team selection, we picked team alliance partners out of a pumpkin.  Our alliance was with 811 and 1073.  In the quarter finals we ranked number 4 and then moved into semi-finals where we ranked #2.  Unfortunately, in the finals our alliance partner’s robot fell over in the first match and then we did not score enough in second match, giving us second place position.


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