Written by Erin Robinson, Grade 12 at Churchill High School
The new FRC game for 2020 is Infinite Recharge. There are two alliances working to protect FIRST City from incoming asteroids. With only 2 minutes and 30 seconds until impact, the two alliances must charge their shield generator and protect the city. There are three ways to score points: scoring Power Cells into the Power Port, using the Control Panels to control the Shield Generator, and climbing onto the Generator Switch.
The field contains four scoring parts. The Shield Generator is angled across the middle of the field, with the Generator Switches (one for each alliance) hanging from either side. Each Control Panel is on the corner of the Shield Generator. Finally, the Power Port for each alliance is located on the opposing alliance wall. A Power Port has a low goal, a high goal, and an inner goal.
The game pieces this year are 7-inch foam balls, like dodge balls, called Power Cells.
Autonomous is back this year. For the first 15 seconds of the game, the robots must run without drive team control or input. During the autonomous period, robots can earn points by crossing a line for 5 or scoring Power Cells in the lower, high or inner goal for 2, 4, or 6 points respectively. During tele-op, robots can earn 1, 2, or 3 points by shooting through the goals. After 29 balls are scored, the alliance must complete Rotation Control by rotating the Control Panel between 3 and 5 times in order to move to the next stage of the Shield Generator. After another 20 balls are scored, the alliance must complete Position Control by rotating the Control Panel to a color randomly determined by the field. Completing all stages of the Shield Generator earns the alliance 1 ranking point.
Robots may hang on the Generator Switch during endgame. Hanging is worth 25 points per robot and having a level Generator Switch is worth 15 extra points. If an alliance earns 65 or more climbing points, they also earn a ranking point.
Both the Livonia Warriors and the Tyros are excited for this new game.