Tempest (2017)

Tempest (2017)


Tempest was built for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST Steamworks. Click on the logo to see the game animation.


FIM District Southfield Event: We were not adequately prepared for this event, mainly because of the lack of driver practice. We were the #5 seed but lost to the #4 seeded alliance in the quarterfinals. We also won the Quality Award.

FIM District Gaylord Event: Our best event of the year was the Gaylord event. We went 11-1 in qualifying and earned the #1 seed. We then proceeded to pick Team 1025 (IMPI Robotics) and Team 5505 (V2 Robotics) as our alliance partners. We went 6-1 in the playoffs and won the event. We also received the Excellence in Engineering award.

Michigan State Championship: We were a part of the DTE Energy Foundation Division of the State Championship. We went 7-5 in the qualifying matches, and earned the #6 seed. After a rare tie in the first quarterfinal match, we lost 2 out of our last 3 quarterfinal matches to the #3 seeded alliance, which resulted in us being eliminated. One of our team members, Richard Zhovner, was a finalist for the FIRST Dean’s list award.

FIRST Championship – St. Louis: We were a part of the Carson Division at the FIRST Championship. Our record in the qualifying matches was 4-6, which was only enough to make us the 3rd pick on the #6 seeded alliance. We lost in the quarterfinals to the #3 seeded alliance.

Robot Specifications:

Name: Tempest

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  • 10 4″ Colson Wheels powered by two 3 CIM two stage ball shifting gearboxes.


  • Compression Flywheel – Powered by two 775pro motors.
  • Active “Gear” Eject – Powered by two pistons with a custom water jet plate.
  • “Agitator Plates” – Two poly-carbonate plates with a traction material used to push balls into the shooter from the tank.
  • Floor Intake – Plates with rollers used to intake balls into the tank and to score gears.

Season Recap:

We were faced with many difficulties this season, but we were able to win the Gaylord event and qualify for the FIRST Championship.