Recycle Rush involves picking up and stacking totes on scoring platforms, putting pool noodles (“litter”) inside recycling containers, and putting the containers on top of scoring stacks of totes. There is also a coopetition aspect of the game where both alliances of teams can pool their totes and stack them on a step dividing the field to each gain twenty points. Along with these robot actions, human players can attempt to throw the pool noodles across the field to gain four points for each noodle left in the opposing alliance’s work zone.

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The game reveal:RECYCLE RUSH

We built a robot that resembles a forklift, that has two adjustable arms that can grab totes at any angle, and pick up bins that fell in any way. The robot has an array of omni-directional wheels that allow it to move freely in every direction without turning around, and also turn around its axis. Thankfully, this design allows our robot to grab pieces of the game in any situation, and it led to us reaching 10th place in the competition.

Our robot reveal: