• Name Shorty
  • Status Stripped down to test frame
  • Weight 120 lbs
  • Dimensions 
  • Frame Welded aluminum box tubing
  • Drivetrain 4 CIM, 8" AndyMark wheels x6
  • Language Labview


  • Sacramento Regional
  • Silicon Valley Regional
  • CalGames 2010
Menlo Atherton Robotics FIRST FRC Team 766 2010 Robot Breakaway Competition

 Robot Abilities

  • Drivetrain/frame - large wheels allowed for going over the bumps in the field, while small size allowed for going under the gaps between them.
  • Kicker - surgical tubing powered. Pulled back by a large piston, and locked by a smaller piston. Originally narrow, but made wider after change (see ball control below)
  • Roller - ball control. Originally was tread covered, then changed to carpet. The carpet eventually was changed to duct tape as over time the whole roller was repaired with duct tape. Driven by 2 Fisher-Price motors.
  • Ball control area - at first, angled area in front of robot that would guide soccer balls to the center where the kicker was. Eventually the angle pieces were removed, weights added at the front and the kicker widened to allow for much more effective ball control.

 Game Summary

For a more detailed explanation, see the Wikipedia article and the game animation.

Each two minute match (preceded by a 15 second autonomous period) was between two alliances of three robots each. The field has 2 large bumps in it, separating the field into 3 sections. In the middle of each bump is a tower with a passage under it that smaller robots can fit under. The game is played with standard soccer balls, and there are 4 goals, one at each corner of the field. Points were awarded for scoring goals. At the end of the match robots can suspend themselves above or climb up on the tower (including use of another robot with a ramp on it) for extra points.

 Fun Facts/Stories

  • During an attempt for extra points by climbing onto the platform via another robot's ramp, we overshot the platform and ended up bottom-up. The only casualties in the robot were a couple zip ties holding together electronics.
  • While most of the team's robots were given names, Shorty was the only name in the history of the team that really stuck and was used more than simply calling it 'the 2010.' 2013's Endeavor is the only other robot that comes close.
  • Unlike many robots in the team's history, could score consistently from any starting area during autonomous. (after the improvements to the kicker)
  • Its compact size proved useful as a test frame after competition, and has been used for testing things such as gyroscopes and encoder based driving.
  • During the Silicon Valley Regional the USB hub on our Operator Interface broke, preventing us from controlling the robot during any of our matches. We only discovered the issue until after we got back, and fixed the issue before Davis. We don't use USB hubs anymore.