FIRST Stronghold was the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game. The game includes two alliances of three teams each, and involves breaching the opponents’ defenses, known as outer works, and capturing their tower by first firing “boulders” (small foam balls) at it and then surrounding or scaling the tower using rungs. 

PUFF - The Robot

Competition History

       Silicon Valley Regional April 7-9, 2016

2016 Creativity Award

The innovative scaling arm mechanism won the 2016 creativity award at the 2016 FRC Silicon Valley Regional.

Robot Abilities

  • 6 wheel drive with 8 in. wheels crosses all obstacles with ease
  • Intake allows the robot to grab balls from the courtyard, move them to the tower, and shoot them into low goals
  • Multi-use long-reach arm allows robot to manipulate and breach all the defensive structures without trouble.
  • Retractable arm launches using a passive actuation system, allowing the robot to climb a 7 ft. high tower.