Backfire, our third robot, competed in the Wake County and UNC Asheville district events and qualified for the FIRST North Carolina District Championship for our performance. We received the Excellence in Engineering and Industrial Design awards for our robot’s thoroughly engineered elevator and game piece manipulators as well as our countless in-house machined parts. We also planned the addition of a unique level 2 climb system, but it never made it onboard due to time and weight constraints.


  • 6-CIM belted gearboxes and West Coast 4+2 drivetrain
  • Cargo passthrough for increased cycle speeds
  • Simple and robust hatch panel mechanism able to reach all placement locations
  • Computer vision aided alignment with field targets to speed up game piece collection and usage