The 2017 FIRST game was FIRST Steamworks, a game in which robots shot balls, manipulated gears and climbed ropes. The game was divided into an autonomous and teleoperated period. During the 15 second autonomous period, robots crossed the baseline, shot the balls, and delivered gears for points worth more than if they were scored in the teleoperated period. A robot that crossed the baseline would be awarded 5 points, a robot that scored 3 balls in the low goal or 1 ball in the high goal would be awarded 1 point, and an alliance which got one rotor spinning would be awarded 60 points. In the longer teleoperated period, balls were worth a point apiece, and rotors 40. The first rotor required only one gear, while the second required two, the third more, etc.

     Additional points were awarded for spinning all four rotors, or receiving more than 40 points (called kpa). In regular matches, these were worth ranking points (used to seed the teams for finals) while in elimination matches, these were worth 100 bonus points for the rotors and 40 bonus points for the kpa.

The Robot

Kevin Hjelstrom 

Engineering student

      Blackout, the 2017 robot, was capable of climbing the rope in​ a matter of seconds. It  had a powerful drivetrain with shifting capabilities that could push or evade most other robots and play defense. The robot also had the ability to accurately shoot balls into the boiler and received the 40kpa bonus in many matches. Its greatest asset was the gear intake that, in conjunction with the drivetrain, could easily deliver up to seven gears a match.

      The team won the Utah regional and the Carver division at the Houston Championships. It also won other minor awards from Las Vegas regional and Utah regional.

Chad Pesqura fabrication


Jenny Miller


Ms. Miller has been a coach since 2006 (11 years). Ms. Miller mentors Chairman's, awards submissions, strategy, recruitment, and fundraisers. Ms. Miller helps during build and always provides innovative ideas to students. 

Cody Wall


Mr. Wall is currently a teacher of robotics and engineering at the MERIT academy of Cimarron-Memorial High School. He graduated from Cimarron-Memorial in 2011 after a four-year involvement on team 987. He coaches both team 987 and the chess club, and mentors VEX. 



The Game

Trent Wetherbee