During each FIRST® STEAMWORKS MATCH, two ALLIANCES (an ALLIANCE is a cooperative of up to four (4) FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams) rush to best prepare their AIRSHIPS for a long distance race. Well prepared AIRSHIPS have as much steam pressure stored in the STEAM TANK and as many ROTORS on the AIRSHIP activated as possible.
- STEAM Pressure: ROBOTS collect FUEL and use the FUEL to stoke their BOILERS and make STEAM Pressure (as measured in kilopascals, kPa). Each ALLIANCE has one High Efficiency BOILER and one Low Efficiency BOILER. As FUEL is loaded in to BOILERS, pressure is built at rates defined in Table 4-1, and added to the ALLIANCE’S score.
- ROTORS: ROBOTS collect GEARS from their HUMAN PLAYER stationed on the opposite end of the FIELD. ROBOTS then deliver GEARS to PILOTS on their AIRSHIP, who then install them. GEARS installed properly complete the GEAR sets used to drive ROTORS on the AIRSHIP. ALLIANCES earn extra points for any ROTOR started during AUTO. Bonus points are awarded.
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