2018 FRC Season – FIRST Power Up

The Challenge

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 center balancing scale using a rung attached to the tower, giving them additional points. (Source: Wikipedia)

Falcon Heavy

Falcon Heavy, the robot for the 2018 FIRST POWER UP game was our most successful robot yet. It earned the district event finalists twice, won the state championship, and advanced us farther than ever before into the playoffs of the World Championships. Its ability to quickly place cubes in the scale, switch, and exchange during the teleoperated period coupled with very good drivers made Falcon Heavy very competitive on the field. In addition, the monstrous “3 cubes in the scale” autonomous mode helped gain early advantages and made it very hard to defeat.


  • Two-stage continuous elevator with <1.5s travel time
  • Four-wheeled active intake on rotating arm
  • Two-speed 4-CIM drivetrain with dog-shifters
  • Hook on linear slider mechanism for hanging
  • Spline-based autonomous with non-linear follower
  • Presets for mechanisms with S curves to maximize robustness


Competition Schedule (54-13-0)

NC District - Pitt County

March 9-11


  • District Event Finalist
  • Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

NC District - UNC Asheville

March 23-25


  • District Event Finalist
  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

FIRST North Carolina State Championship

April 6-8


  • State Championship Winner

FIRST World Championship - Galileo Division

April 18-21

Thundering Herd of Robots (THOR)

September 29


  • THOR Winner

South Carolina Robotics Invitational & Workshops VIII

October 20


  • SCRIW Winner