first steamworks


FIRST Steamworks

2017 Game Reveal

2017 Robot Reveal - Venom

FIRST Steamworks is played by two competing Alliances of three Robots each on a flat 27’ x 54’ foot field. The aim of the game is to prepare their alliance's airship for a long distance race by building steam pressure using particles, delivering gears to start rotors and climb aboard! The teams have to build steam pressure by collecting 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. Robots also 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. Finally, the robots will have to climb aboard the airship to assist the pilots during the race.

The objective is to score as many balls in goals and deliver as many gears as possible during a 2 minute 30 second period. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals and deliver gears to the pilots, the more points their alliance receives. The match begins with one 15-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver. Each robot may begin with either 10 balls or one gear to attempt to cross a certain point, score a goal or deliver a gear. Alliances earn points for doing each of the actions stated. For the next 2 minutes and 15 seconds, drivers remotely control robots from behind a protective wall. They aim to collect balls and score in high and low goals as well as deliver gears to pilots aboard the airship. During the last 30 seconds of the match, known as the 'endgame', robots may attempt to climb aboard the airship by hanging on a rope and climbing it to press the button. The alliance with the most points accumulated at the end of the match wins the game.

We competed at the inaugural Shenzhen regional coming first and winning the Engineering Inspiration Award. At the Southern Cross regional we won the competition as well as an Excellence in Engineering Award. We also won the South Pacific regional along with another Excellence in Engineering award. We competed in New York for the first time, winning the competition and the Chairman's Award before heading to the Houston Championships and being finalists in the Hopper division. We won the Innovation in Control Award at the Championships. Our robot placed 3rd in qualification for the annual offseason event Duel Down Under and our second robot, a minibot about the size of an in-game gear, placed 5th. Unfortunately they were knocked out in the semifinals but Venom won the Duel Down Under again in 2017! Our last competition was at the 2017 China Robotics Challenge in Zhengzhou, China, where we won the competition after being picked by 1986 - Team Titanium for the 1st seed alliance.

We are grateful to have had a stellar season consisting of 6 blue banners, 4 regional wins out of four regionals attended, on three different continents, an Engineering Inspiration Award, an Innovation in Control Award, two Excellence in Engineering Awards, a division finalist at Championships and the Chairman's Award. Well done to all our team members and teams who participated in FIRST Steamworks!


Size: 90cm x 100cm
Weight: 54kg
Status: Retired
Name: Venom
  • Dual action ball shooter capable of shooting 8 balls per second

  • Unique expanding and retracting hopper designed to hold over 80 balls

  • Special ball intake integrated into shooter for efficient space usage

  • Small hook climber to climb the rope in <2 seconds, designed for the robot to land on bumpers in case of a fall to minimise breakage

  • Efficient ground intake for gears and accurate placing on pegs

  • Multiple autonomous routines capable of placing in all gear positions and shooting balls after intaking from the hopper

  • Long-range autonomous shooting from the hopper - after auto, the guides retract and shooting takes place back in the default position



Shenzhen Regional:

Rank: 2 of 43

Regional Winners

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award

Southern Cross Regional:

Rank: 1 of 30

Regional Winners

Excellence in Engineering Award

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award - John Nicholls

South Pacific Regional:

Rank: 1 of 43

Regional Winners

Excellence in Engineering Award

Dean's List Finalist Award - Sean Zammit

New York City Regional:

Rank: 1 of 48

Regional Winners

Chairman's Award

World Championships - Houston - Hopper Subdivision

Rank: 6 of 67

Championship Subdivision Finalist

Innovation in Control Award

China Robotics Challenge (Offseason)

Rank: 3 of 44

Event Winners

Ambassador Award