This years competition is “FIRST Power-up. Teams are required to place milk crates, or "power cubes", on large balancing scales to tip the scale and gain points. At the end of the match, robots can “climb the tower” by extending to attach to a rung and lifting the bot around a foot in the air.

If an idea is symbolized by the lightbulb it is fitting that creativity be symbolized by an array of light and color. This team went outside the norm by finding engineering utility in an artistic embellishment.
— Creativity Award Speech at Pine Tree
This award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. Their product and process reflect the mission of FIRST by demonstrating sound technology and development from start to finish. With their clean design and great attention to detail, this team produced a well polished robot. Not only were they hanging with the best of them, but they were breaking away in success, they may have come a long way, but afterall, they are The Outliers
— Industrial Design Award Speech at Southern CT