POWER UP Challenge

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The POWER UP Challenges, presented by FIRST RGV, INC / RGV STEM, are a series of dynamic and exciting challenges to allow FIRST Tech Challenge teams to “power up” their energy for robotics this season. The challenges were designed with inclusion and accessibility in mind, and therefor do not require teams to build a new robot or to have access to a field. Teams are welcome to submit a video using any robot; however, certain challenges may be more suited to a 2020 robot. Understanding that some teams may not even have access to their robots, we even have fun challenges that can be completed without a  robot.

The safety of all participants, as well as public health, is our utmost priority. While teams may be energized and motivated to participate in these challenges, teams should be following all local public health guidelines at all times.  Teams should not violate any current rules or guidelines in order to participate in these challenges.

While these are competitive challenges with prizes, the main goal here is for teams to have fun. The judging and rules enforcement of this challenge are intentionally less stringent than our normal events, to make these challenges more accessible for all participants. Please remember to practice Gracious Professionalism while participating in these challenges.

Remember to tag all of your submission with #RGVPowerUP #FIRSTRGV when posting on Instagram or YouTube! If you do not have a team social media account, please login and use our online form submission to post it via our social media accounts.

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$250.00 winner

$250.00 winner

$250.00 winner

$250.00 winner

$250.00 winner

Summary and Common Rules

Please note the judging criteria per each challenge. Each declared winner will receive a $250.00 grant from FIRST RGV, INC towards expenses associated with the team. The team can request payment of fees, equipment. meals, travel or other appropriate team expenses directly from us.

Teams may submit as many entries for each challenge as they want.  The POWER UP challenge is about getting the word out about FIRST here in the Rio Grande Valley so work withe media outlets and social media partners to make it go viral! Please remember.. have fun but represent us all well while being gracious professionals.

Make sure to promote your team #, program and school in your submissions. Those entries will be used to promote our program in the Rio Grande Valley and we want to show our diverse community. After posting online, if you do not see your entry below, then that means we can not see it to judge it.

Steps to submit and be considered:

  1. Post your entry on your social media accounts and make sure to use #FIRSTRGV and #RGVPOWERUP in your post.
  2. Login to our website and complete the POWER UP Challenge Submission form. If you do not have an account, you can create one quickly.

SCORING OF SUBMISSIONS END DEC 31, 2020!

Thank you to our amazing regional sponsors

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TIME LIMIT: 60 SEC
LIMITS: AT LEAST 1 STUDENT, MAXIUM 1 ADULT

TEAM REELS - HUMAN EDITION CHALLENGE

OVERVIEW:

We recognize that some teams may not have access to their robots but will still want to participate in these challenges. As such, the Robot Reels – Human Edition challenge will have a category which does not involve robots. Instead the video can feature team members and a FIRST based theme. Time to show off your truly creative side. Make a FIRST themed video of your team doing something fun that can go viral.

RULES
  1. There is no robot requirement for this challenge
  2. The video must be centered around FIRST in some way
  3. Think of the videos that are being put out by influencers and content creators today. Use those for inspiration, and try and emulate them
  4. Examples include (but are not limited to):
      • Make a FIRST themed dance
      • Make a FIRST related skit/short film highlighting FIRST Core Values
      • Make a FIRST hype/promo video
      • A video highlighting unsung STEM heroes/inventions
      • Make a FIRST song or lip sync video
  5. Set the video to music to add to the energy and hype
      • Think of videos that have gone viral on various platforms. See if you can match that energy!
  6. While we want you to be creative, all actions must be safe. Please use your common sense when partaking in this challenge, and never put any participant at risk!

JUDGING:

Popularity wins. We will monitor your likes. Share it, ask your friends to share it and get the word out. If using multiple social media services, we will combine the engagement into one score.  Remember to use our # so we can see it!

TIME LIMIT: 60 SEC
LIMITS: 2 STUDENT DRIVERS, 3 HUMAN ASSISTANTS (MAX 1 ADULT)

TEAM REELS - ROBOT EDITION CHALLENGE

OVERVIEW:

Time to show off your truly creative side. Using any current or past FIRST Tech Challenge robot, make a video of your robot doing something fun that can go viral.

RULES
  1. Teams may use any FIRST Tech Challenge Robot
      • Not limited to Ultimate Goal robots, feel free to do something cool with any past robot you may have
  2. Think of the videos that are being put out by influencers and content creators today. Use those for inspiration, and try and emulate them, except using an FIRST Robotics Competition robot.
  3. Examples include (but are not limited to):
      • Have your robot do a dance!
        • Pick a dance that’s already been done by humans and have your Robot do it somehow (e.g. Renegade)
      • Dress your robot up in a costume
      • Do a skit with the robot playing a character
      • Anything you can think of; they sky’s the limit here
  4. Set the video to music to add to the energy and hype
  5. Think of videos that have gone viral on various platforms. See if you can match that energy!
  6. While we want you to be creative, all actions must be safe. Please use your common sense when partaking in this challenge, and never put any participant at risk!
  7. Entries to be judged based on creativity, energy, wow factor, and videography

JUDGING:

Popularity wins. We will monitor your likes. Share it, ask your friends to share it and get the word out. If using multiple social media services, we will combine the engagement into one score.  Remember to use our # so we can see it!

TIME LIMIT: 60 SEC
LIMITS: 2 STUDENT DRIVERS, 3 HUMAN ASSISTANTS (MAX 1 ADULT)

TRICK SHOT - ROBOT EDITION CHALLENGE

OVERVIEW:

Using any FIRST Tech Challenge robot(s) and game pieces, make a video of your most awesome Trick Shots!

RULES
  1. Teams may use any FIRST Tech Challenge Robot(s) and Game Piece(s) Not limited to Ultimate Goal robots, feel free to do something cool with any past robot you may have
  2. The intent is for teams to get creative and make some cool shots with your robot that’ll make jaws drop!
  3. Examples include (but are not limited to):
      • Longest possible made shot (Set up outside if you want to go for real distance)
      • Fastest release of 5 Power Cells
      • Shots in the inner portal while on the move
      • Bounce shots off of field elements into the goal
      • Shots from the top of a stairwell into a goal at the bottom
      • Shoot a drone out of the air!
  4. Be creative! If you don’t have a goal, it’s okay to do some wicked bounce shots into garbage cans, lockers, or whatever else you can think
      • Watch some professional Trick Shot videos on YouTube for some inspiration
      • Don’t be afraid to be bold!
  5. Set the video to music to add to the energy and hype
      • Think of videos that have gone viral on various platforms. See if you can match that energy!
  6. While we want you to be creative, all actions must be safe. Please use your common sense when partaking in this challenge, and never put any participant at risk!
  7. Videos are limited to 60 seconds, but there’s no limit to the amount of Trick Shots
      • You could do one Trick Shot and show multiple angles and speeds
      • You could do multiple Trick Shots edited together

JUDGING: 

Highest score wins.  Make sure to declare your score at the end of your video. Don’t worry, we will help you count as well. Make sure to share it on social media with our # so we can see it.

TIME LIMIT: 60 SEC
LIMITS: AT LEAST 1 STUDENT AND NO MORE THAN 1 ADULT – MAX 3 PEOPLE.

TRICK SHOT - HUMAN EDITION CHALLENGE

OVERVIEW:

We recognize that some teams may not have access to their robots but will still want to participate in these challenges. As such, Trick Shot – Human Edition Challenge will not involve robots. Instead team members will be the ones taking and making the Trick Shots!

RULES
  1. There is no robot requirement for this challenge, i.e. Humans are doing the Trick Shots
  2. Teams may use any FIRST Tech Challenge game element(s)
  3. The intent is for teams to get creative and do some cool stuff that’ll make jaws drop!
  4. Examples include (but are not limited to):
      • Longest possible made shot (Set up outside if you want to go for real distance)
      • Fastest release of 5 game elements.
      • Shots in the goal while moving.
      • Bounce shots off of field or other stationary objects into the goal
      • Shots from the top of a stairwell into a goal at the bottom
      • Shoot a drone out of the air!
      • Dunk game elements.
      • Juggle game pieces from the past 5 years
  5. Be creative! If you don’t have a goal, it’s okay to do some wicked bounce shots into garbage cans, lockers, or whatever else you can think
      • Watch some professional Trick Shot videos on YouTube for some inspiration
      • Don’t be afraid to be bold!
  6. Set the video to music to add to the energy and hype
      • Think of videos that have gone viral on various platforms. See if you can match that energy!
  7. While we want you to be creative, all actions must be safe. Please use your common sense when partaking in this challenge, and never put any participant at risk!
  8. Videos are limited to 60 seconds, but there’s no limit to the amount of Trick Shots
      • You could do one Trick Shot and show multiple angles and speeds
      • You could do multiple Trick Shots edited together
  9. Entries to be judged based on difficulty of shot, overall skill, creativity, and social impact.

JUDGING: 

Highest score wins (but we will add extra points ourselves for the FUN FACTOR).  Make sure to declare your score at the end of your video. Don’t worry, we will help you count as well. Make sure to share it on social media with our # so we can see it.

TIME LIMIT: 45 SEC CHALLENGE; 60 SEC VIDEO
LIMITS: 2 STUDENT DRIVERS, 3 HUMAN ASSISTANTS (MAX 1 ADULT)

MAX GOAL - ROBOT EDITION CHALLENGE

OVERVIEW

In 45 seconds earn as many Ultimate Goal points as possible by scoring rings into a regulation sized goal. A goal consists of a Bottom, Middle, and Upper goal. Robots may use any combination of Driver and Autonomous controls. This is only applicable to those goals.

  • Tip: Utilize your coding skills to optimize your efficiency during the challenge, especially when it comes to closed loop control of your shooter!
RULES
  1. Standard Ultimate Goal scoring applies. (Read Game Manual 2)
  2. There is no requirement for using a full field. Any sort of mockup of the Goal area is allowed, as long as the dimensions are approximately within regulation.
  3. Robots may run on any surface (carpet, flooring, asphalt, grass, etc.)
  4. Teams must use an Ultimate Goal robot but may substitute the official ring with something similar. Robot must be at least 6 ft away from goal when shooting.
  5. It must be a robot that could reasonably compete during official game play.
  6. Teams may only possess 3 rings (or similar) at any one time, including at the start of the challenge (i.e. a robot can be preloaded with 3 Power Cells)
  7. Rings or similar that have been scored may be re-introduced to the “field” by a maximum of 3 team members during the challenge
  8. Team members may re-introduce Rings or similar at any time during the Challenge, however they must be introduced at least ~6ft away from the Robot for safety.
  9. Team members may not touch the Robot during the Challenge
  10. While staff, volunteers, and judges will review the videos, we ask that teams practice Gracious Professionalism to ensure that all scores are counted fairly and that all rules are enforced. Make sure to total your MAX GOAL at the end of your video.
  11. The team with the highest legal score will be declared the winner