Ultimate Ascent

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Ultimate Ascent
Ultimate Ascent.jpg
Year 2013
Season Information
Number of teams 2,524
Number of regionals 60 (including MI and MAR championships)[1]
Number of district events 17[1]
Championship location Edward Jones Dome, St Louis, Missouri[2]
Awards
Chairman's Award winner Team 1538 - "The Holy Cows"
Woodie Flowers Award winner Faridodin Lajvardi - Team 842
Founder's Award winner Rockwell Automation
Gracious Professionalism Winner Team 3138 - "Innovators Robotics"
Champions Team 1241 - "THEORY6"
Team 1477 - "Texas Torque"
Team 610 - "The Coyotes"
Links
Website http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc

Ultimate Ascent was the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition game. It is styled similarly to Disc golf.

Kickoff[edit]

The Kickoff event was held on January 5, 2013. Speakers included Dean Kamen, Woodie Flowers and John Grunsfeld. It was broadcast on NASA TV beginning at 10:30 EST.

Rules[edit]

Alliances[edit]

Ultimate Ascent is played with two alliances: one red and one blue. Each alliance has three teams. During the qualification rounds at competition the matches are generated such that teams do not play two matches too quickly or compete with or against another team too often. Elimination alliances are then selected in a two-round serpentine draft by the top eight seeded teams before the elimination rounds. Each team's robot can be identified by its bumpers which must have the team's number visible from any side of the robot. The bumpers are also colored to match the alliance that the robot is on. The winning alliance is determined by the team with the most points at the conclusion of the match.

Field[edit]

Ultimate Ascent field

Ultimate Ascent is played on a 27' x 54' field. There are two pyramids placed in the center of each half of the field. There are five scoring locations located on the opposite end of the field from the alliance station where that teams drivers are. Four of the goals are located on the opposing alliance's wall. The fifth is part of the pyramid at that end of the field.

Matches[edit]

Video of a finals match at the St. Joseph district. The actual match begins around 4:54.

Ultimate Ascent matches are two minutes and fifteen seconds long. The first fifteen seconds are called the autonomous period. During this period the robots follow a set of pre-programmed instructions. Following this period the teams take control for the teleoperated period. Drivers control their robots, attempting to score discs into the goals at the opposite end of the playing field. The robots also can climb their alliance's pyramid at the end of the match to score additional points. In the final thirty seconds the human players can throw their six colored discs into play over the alliance wall.

Scoring[edit]

Middle and high goals for the blue alliance

Teams start with up to 2 or 3 discs on the robot at the beginning of the match. Robots which begin touching the carpet behind their colored Auto Line may have three discs; others may have only two. They can score these in autonomous or wait for the teleoperated period. Only the 6 discs of an alliance's color count when scored on top of its pyramid. White or opposing colored discs will not count if scored in the pyramid. Since the human players may not put any colored discs in play until teleoperated, scoring in the pyramid is not possible in autonomous. Teams can score points as follows by scoring discs into goals:[3]

Goal Autonomous Teleop
Low Goal 2 1
Middle Goal 4 2
High Goal 6 3
Pyramid Goal N/A 5
View from the driver station, showing the pyramids

The match ends with robots attempting to climb pyramid game elements located on the field. Robots earn points by climbing the pyramid based on how high they climb. Levels are divided by the horizontal bars on the pyramid, with from the ground to the first bar being level 1. The following is the breakdown of the scoring:[3]

Level Points
1 10
2 20
3 30

Robots[edit]

Robots must not exceed a perimeter of 112 inches, never exceed 84 inches in height, and not exceed 60 inches in height when outside their auto zone (the area in front of and including their colored auto line). During game play the robot can not exceed a 54 in diameter cylinder. Not including the battery and protective bumpers, the robot cannot exceed a weight of 120 pounds.[4]

Events[edit]

Regionals[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Event Dates
BAE Systems Granite State Regional Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2013
Finger Lakes Regional Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2013
Palmetto Regional Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2013
Hub City Regional Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2013
Central Valley Regional Mar 1 - Mar 3, 2013
Kettering University FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 1 - Mar 2, 2013
Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 1 - Mar 2, 2013
Hatboro-Horsham FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 2 - Mar 3, 2013

Week 2[edit]

Event Dates
San Diego Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Orlando Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
WPI Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Lake Superior Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Northern Lights Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
New York City Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Greater Toronto East Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Autodesk Oregon Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Lone Star Regional Mar 7 - Mar 9, 2013
Gull Lake FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2013
Waterford FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2013
Israel Regional Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2013

Week 3[edit]

Event Dates
Peachtree Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
Boilermaker Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
Greater Kansas City Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
St. Louis Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
North Carolina Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
Pittsburgh Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
Festival de Robotique FRC a Montreal Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
Virginia Regional Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2013
Detroit FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013
St Joseph FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013
TCNJ FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013
Springside - Chestnut Hill FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013

Week 4[edit]

Event Dates
Phoenix Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Los Angeles Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Sacramento Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Bayou Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Boston Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Queen City Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Waterloo Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Dallas Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Utah Regional sponsored by NASA Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Central Washington Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Wisconsin Regional Mar 21 - Mar 23, 2013
Grand Blanc FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 22 - Mar 23, 2013
West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 22 - Mar 23, 2013
Mount Olive FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 23 - Mar 24, 2013
Lenape Seneca FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 23 - Mar 24, 2013

Week 5[edit]

Event Dates
Inland Empire Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Connecticut Regional sponsored by UTC Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Washington DC Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Minnesota 10000 Lakes Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Minnesota North Star Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Buckeye Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Oklahoma Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Greater Toronto West Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Smoky Mountains Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Alamo Regional sponsored by Rackspace Hosting Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Seattle Regional Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2013
Livonia FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2013
Troy FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2013

Week 6[edit]

Event Dates
Western Canadian FRC Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Razorback Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Silicon Valley Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Colorado Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Hawaii Regional sponsored by BAE Systems Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Midwest Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Crossroads Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Pine Tree Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Las Vegas Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
SBPLI Long Island Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Spokane Regional Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2013
Bedford FIRST Robotics District Competition Apr 5 - Apr 6, 2013
Bridgewater-Raritan FIRST Robotics District Competition Apr 6 - Apr 7, 2013

Week 7[edit]

Event Dates
Chesapeake Regional Apr 11 - Apr 13, 2013
Michigan FRC State Championship Apr 11 - Apr 13, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship Apr 11 - Apr 13, 2013

Districts[edit]

Event Dates Week
Kettering University FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 1 - Mar 2, 2013 1
Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 1 - Mar 2, 2013 1
Hatboro-Horsham FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 2 - Mar 3, 2013 1
Gull Lake FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2013 2
Waterford FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2013 2
Detroit FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013 3
St Joseph FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013 3
TCNJ FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013 3
Springside - Chestnut Hill FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2013 3
Grand Blanc FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 22 - Mar 23, 2013 4
West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 22 - Mar 23, 2013 4
Mount Olive FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 23 - Mar 24, 2013 4
Lenape Seneca FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 23 - Mar 24, 2013 4
Livonia FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2013 5
Troy FIRST Robotics District Competition Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2013 5
Bedford FIRST Robotics District Competition Apr 5 - Apr 6, 2013 6
Bridgewater-Raritan FIRST Robotics District Competition Apr 6 - Apr 7, 2013 6

State/Regional Championships[edit]

Event Dates Week
Michigan FRC State Championship Apr 11 - Apr 13, 2013 7
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship Apr 11 - Apr 13, 2013 7

World Championship[edit]

Event Location Dates
FIRST Robotics World Championship St. Louis, Missouri Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2013

Final Round at Einstein Field[edit]

Source:[5]

  Semifinals Final
                             
 United States 469 - 1519 - 33 201 186 152 2W  
 United States 1678 - 862 - 148 233 127 136 1W  
     United States 469 - 1519 - 33 200 195 164 1W
   CanadaUnited States 1477 - 610 - 1241 184 210 191 2W
 CanadaUnited States 1477 - 610 - 1241 176 225 224 2W
 United States 3476 - 303 - 1640 199 200 192 1W  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "What Events And Teams Are In My Area?". FIRST. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "St. Louis to host FIRST Robotics Competition". St. Louis Business Journal. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "FRC 2013 Manual". FIRST. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "FRC 2013 Game Rules". FIRST. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "FIRST Championship Match Results". FIRST. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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