The 2007 Competition Overview
As part of the FIRST Robotics
Competition teams that competed in the 2007 FIRST Robotics
Competition season, a group of 30 teams in 20 states were selected to solve the Fuel Cell “Green
Machine” challenge. To keep things fair, the game details were released
November 3, 2006 to the pilot group. Highlights of the game included Research &
Development, Building & Testing a Fuel Cell/System, Game Design and Hydrogen
Safe Game Floor, and the Insertion of a Fuel Cell System in a Competition Robot.
Green Machine Award Winners:
2007 Competition Video:
Graftech, Parker Hannifin, NASA, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, Ohio Aerospace
Institute, CASE Advanced Power Institute Department of Chemical Engineering,
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, CASE School of Engineering,
CASE Western Reserve, TDM Fuel Cell Technology, Pacific Fuel Cell Corp.,
Kettering University, TMI Technology Management Inc., DLS Design Studio,
Randolph Publishing, TheEliteTutor.com, PGM Diversified Ind., Change
Management, Linda Harkless Design, The Entrepreneurs EDGE, Kumon
Strongsville, TagArt, Eifel Marketing Inc., Benjamin Calkins - Kahn Kleimnan
LPA, Shamrock Companies Inc., and Praxair.
2007 Press Release:
Competition Team Timeline:
October 16, 2006 - E-mail notification of competition through
FIRST's website (www.usfirst.org).
October 27, 2006 - Team applications due.
November 3, 2006 - Teams are selected and notified. Game
challenges and specifications are released, and the challenge begins.
November 30, 2006 - Research and Development Deadline
December 31, 2006 - Building and Testing a Fuel Cell/System
January 31, 2007 - Challenge: Design a Game
February 9, 2007 - Inserting the Hybrid Fuel Cell System into
FIRST Competition Robot Design
March 1-31, 2007 -
April 12, 2007 - FIRST
Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA. Awards are given.
Competition Component Requirements:
Each team required a Fuel Cell Competition Kit. Thanks to considerable
individual and corporate donations, the price of this kit was reduced
for pre-approved teams to US$575 and is valued at US$2,000. These kits are re-usable for a variety
of other educational applications.
Diane Sadowski & Paul Gudonis
2007 Buckeye Regional Luncheon
Watch this space for more competition
pictures and award presentations