2016 FIRST Stronghold

Minotaur competed in the 2016 season FIRST Stronghold and won the Palmetto Regional earning its 3rd Blue Banner and another trip to the FIRST Championship. Our safety program took a big leap with another safety video submission and a 2nd safety Star of the Day and Safety Hard Hat award at the Orlando regional.  For the 2nd year in a row, Minotaur had another Dean’s List finalist as Andrew Butt won again at the Palmetto Regional.

2016 Season FIRST Stronghold

FIRST Stronghold is the game for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition. The game is played by two alliances of three teams each, and involves breaching the opponents’ defenses, known as outer works, and capturing their tower by first firing “boulders” (small foam balls) at it and then surrounding or scaling the tower using rungs. More Information can be found on Wikipedia

Team Captain:  Andrew Butt
Drive Team

Nicholas Drobes

Briana McMurchie

Logan Czyzyk

Rich Berglund


Regional Winner – Palmetto Regional

Creativity Award

Dean’s List Finalist – Andrew Butt

Safety Star of the Day, Orlando Regional – Leif Tvenstrup

Safety Hard Hat Award


Palmetto Regional

in Myrtle Beach, SC 29578, USA
February 24 – February 27, 2016

Team 1369 was Rank 28 with a record of 11-4-0 and won the following awards:

  • FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award (Andrew Butt)
  • Regional Winners

Orlando Regional

in Orlando, FL 32816, USA
March 9 – March 12, 2016

Team 1369 was Rank 35 with a record of 6-9-0 and won the following awards:

  • Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

FIRST Championship – Carson Division

in St. Louis, MO, USA
April 27 – April 30, 2016

Team 1369 was Rank 75 with a record of 1-8-1

Panther Prowl

in Melbourne, FL, USA
September 24, 2016

Team 1369 had a record of 1-2-0


in Tampa, FL, USA
October 8 – October 9, 2016

Robot Data

Robot Name:  ASTERION



Total Weight:  112 lbs

Drive Train:  Tank Drive:  6 x 8” pneumatic tires, 2 x 4” hi traction wheels

Something Important to Know About Our Robot:

Our robot has a modular defense design, allowing us to become a defensive team in some matches and an offensive robot on other matches.  Our Defensive Apparatus is now in version 3 and includes an extendable “volleyball blocker” This modular defense design has been very successful this year

  • RESULTS (Palmetto & Orlando Regional) – DEFENSE
    # Active Defense matches * Shots attempted ** Shots blocked Block %  
    Qualification 6 4 3 75% NO Castle weakened or capture
    Playoffs 11 21 19 90%


    * Active defense is defined as a match where robot operates in courtyard with mission to block boulders

    ** Shots attempted only counts number of boulders that are shot from robot in attempt to score. It does not account for shots not taken due defense