Recycle Rush was a recycling-themed game in which robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. This game received major criticism across the FIRST community due to its lack of variety in gameplay strategy, and no contact with the opposing alliance. The team again attended New York Tech Valley Regional at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the SBPLI Regional at Hofstra University.
At the New York Tech Valley Regional, the team did fairly well and made it to the quarter finals. We were awarded the Creativity Award. This award, sponsored by Xerox, celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play.
The team had a very similar outcome at the SBPLI regional, once again advancing to the quarter finals, and we were given another award. This time we received the Innovation in Control Award. This award, sponsored by Rockwell Automation, celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components—electrical, mechanical or software—to provide unique machine functions.
For Team 527, this year was very different from the years before. After many of the team's leaders graduated the year before, and the departure of one of our mentors, the team's dynamic shifted greatly. But with the support of the countless alumni mentors and parents, the team is now stronger and better than ever.