FIRST STEAMWORKS℠ is played on a 27 ft. by 54 ft. field. The game invites two adventurers??? clubs (alliances), in an era where steam power reigns, to prepare their airships for a long distance race.
Each three-team alliance prepares by building steam pressure, starting rotors, and preparing for flight.
Each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which robots operate only on pre-programmed instructions. During this period, robots work to cross the baseline, score fuel, and place gears.
During the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, the teleoperated period, student drivers control robots. Teams on an alliance work together to build as much pressure and start as many rotors as possible, but they have to be sure they leave enough time to latch on to their airship before the end of the match.