One of our favourite robots, Oscar is a named after "Oscar the Grouch" - because its hopper was made from a garbage can. Oscar is a fan favourite because it can shoot six to seven 5" wiffle balls per second. It features a rotating turret, and, during competition, had a camera on board that was used for computer vision targeting. This was our first time using computer vision. Oscar could consistently deliver gears, was able to climb a rope, and always put on a good show shooting a stream of "fuel" into the "boiler". It was also one of very few robots that could single-handedly achieve 40kPa in official play — not just once, but several times! We still bring Oscar out to demos as it is a lot of fun to see in action.
FIRST Steamworks is the name of the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge. Two alliances, comprised of three teams each, face off in every match. The game involves robots shooting fuel (5" wiffle balls) into a boiler via high and low efficiency goals to build steam pressure. The more steam pressure built up, the more points scored — but the low efficiency goal needs more fuel to build steam! Robots must also deliver gears to their respective airship to spin up four rotors. At the end of the match, robots climb a rope to latch onto the airship and get ready for takeoff! More information can be found on Wikipedia.
More information on each of Oscar's subsystems can be found in Meet the Robot.
To learn more about Oscar's subsystems, click on the green pins.
Oscar's name can have two interpretations — it has the profile of a piano, so the name could pay homage to the great Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. It could also be short for "Oscar the Grouch", as its hopper was made from a garbage can. Our practice robot, Penelope le Pew Pew (Penelope for short), was named for its ability to shoot balls.