2017 Steamworks

FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM, the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, invites two adventurers’ clubs, in an era where steam power reigns, to prepare their airships for a long distance race. Each three-team alliance prepares in three ways: 1. Build steam pressure. Robots collect fuel (balls) and score it in their boiler via high and low efficiency goals. Boilers turn fuel into steam pressure which is stored in the steam tank on their airship – but it takes more fuel in the low efficiency goal to build steam than the high efficiency goal. 2. Start rotors. Robots deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Once the gear train is complete, they turn the crank to start the rotor. 3. Prepare for flight. Robots must latch on to their airship before launch (the end of the match) by ascending their ropes to signal that they’re ready for takeoff.

Our 2017 Robot, cerberus

Quick Facts 

  • Name: Cerberus
  • Team Captains: Tyler Palmgren, Bryan Lim, Leila Yanni
  • Record: 5 events, 45 wins, 85 matches
  • Making Team History: First PNW Team to captain an Einstein (world championship) alliance


  • Auburn Mountainview: Quarterfinalists, District Chairman's Award
  • Glacier Peak: Quarterfinalists
  • Auburn: Quarterfinalists, Entrepreneurship Award
  • PNW District Championship: Finalists
  • (Houston) Championship: Turing Sub-Division Winners (Alliance Captain)

This was truly a crazy year for our team. Refer to our blog for the full story! 

Robot Abilities

Refer to the 2017 engineering notebook under "resources" 

The 2017 Team