RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each.
Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and
properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game,
all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the
end of the season.
Each Alliance competes on their respective 26 ft. by 27 ft. side of the playing field. Each match begins
with a 15-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of their drivers. During this
period, robots attempt to earn points by moving themselves, their yellow totes, and their recycling
containers into the area between the scoring platforms, called the Auto Zone.
During the remaining two minutes and 15 seconds of the match, called the Teleop Period, robots are
controlled remotely by student drivers located behind the walls at the ends of the field. Teams on an
Alliance work together to place as many totes on their white scoring platforms as possible. Alliances earn
additional points for recycling containers placed on the scored totes, with containers at greater height
earning more points.
Alliances also earn points for disposing of their litter in their Landfill Zone near the center of the field, or
placing litter in or on scored recycling containers. Alliances that leave litter unprocessed on their side of
the field at the end of the match, not in scoring position, will add points to the score of the other Alliance.
Alliances have an opportunity to earn Cooperation points by coordinating with the other Alliance in the
match. Cooperation points are awarded if, at some point in the match, there are at least four yellow totes
on the step simultaneously. Cooperation points are doubled if the Alliances arrange at least four of those
yellow totes in a single stack on the step.
Competitions we participated at:
- Israel Regional - Ranked 23rd at the qualification games and lost at the playoff quarter finals.
- Midwest Regional - Ranked 23rd at the qualification games and lose at the playoff quarter finals.
- Carver Division - Ranked 18th at the qualification games
- Regional Chairman's Award (Israeli Regional)
- Regional Engineering Inspiration Award (Midwest Regional)