Team 1718 The Fighting Pi have completed our competition season. We've moving into the off-season now with a full complement of prototyping, testing, and teaching. The team has some new opportunities for outreach as well.
We look forward to seeing you at the Maker Faire, the Armada Fair, and our many other off-season events.
Welcome! We are Team 1718, The Fighting Pi. We are a FIRST Robotics Competition team based out of the Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences in Armada, Michigan. This is our eighth year as a team. The team is composed of about 30 students from four rival school districts: Richmond, Armada, New Haven and Memphis.
Our team focuses on being financially savvy, promoting science, engineering and technology in our community, and drawing students from multiple school districts to the FIRST experience. These goals are met by keeping a close eye on the team budget, giving sponsor presentations, and starting FIRST Lego League and Robotics teams in the local area. In order to ensure our business is successful, welcoming, and has a giving environment in which to learn, both at competitions and as a cooperative, the Fighting Pi donates time, money, and energy to charitable causes in hopes of strengthening bonds among team members, parents, volunteers, mentors, and sponsors.
2016 Game Of The Year
The 2016 FIRST STRONGHOLD game is played on a 27 ft. by 54 ft. field. Each alliance commands one tower, five defenses,
and a 'secret passage' which allows their robots to restock on ammunition, called boulders.
One defense in each alliance's set of five, the low bar, is a permanent part of the field. Three defenses are
selected strategically by the alliance prior to the start of their match. The final defense changes periodically
by audience selection.
Each FIRST STRONGHOLD match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate
independently of human control. During this period, robots attempt to cross opposing defenses and score in
the opposing tower.During the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match robots are controlled
by student drivers from behind their castle wall at the end of the field. Teams on an alliance work together to
cross defenses, weaken the opposing tower by scoring boulders in it, and finally surround, scale and capture