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Ultimate Ascent is the game for the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition, announced on January 5th, 2013. Robots shoot frisbees into rectangular goals.


ULTIMATE ASCENTâ„  is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives.

Game Periods

Each match lasts 135 seconds and is divided into two portions: Hybrid mode and Teleoperated (Teleop) mode. During Hybrid mode, two robots on each alliance have to act autonomously, while the third may be controlled by means of a Microsoft Kinect or act autonomously. During Teleop, all robots are controlled by human drivers. At events, there are two types of matches: qualification and elimination. Robots compete in qualification matches to determine seed and who will compete in the elimination bracket.


The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible. The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field.
Hoop Hybrid Teleop
Top row 6 3
Middle row 4 2
Bottom goal 2 1
Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs. Scoring for the match is summarized below.
Climb Level
on bridge
1 10
2 20
3 30


Below is a short animation of the 2013 FIRST challenge, Ultimate Ascent.

For more information about the game, please look at the official FIRST documentation.

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