Rainbow Rumble 2.0!

We are happy to announce the return of Rainbow Rumble! The FIRST FRC Off-Season event focused on members of the LGBTQIAA+ Community!

When:
July 21st - Set Up and Early Load-In
July 22nd - Qualification Matches
July 23rd - Finish Qualifications and Playoff Matches

Where:
Mason High School, 1001 S Barnes St, Mason, MI 48854

Who:
Anyone who is a member or ally of the LGBTQIAA+ community! You don’t need to be a member to compete, but you must be an ally to be there!

32 Robots at $300 per robot! $150 for 2nd robots, who will go on a waitlist subject to availability.

There will be scholarships available for rising seniors, with more information on our website soon.

All the information, as well as Team Registration and Volunteer Sign Up can be found on our website. Volunteer slots are filling up fast, and while we would love to accommodate everyone, that will not be possible this year.

Please note: based upon feedback from the community last year, we are working on ways of safely streaming, and allowing for social media at our event this year. This likely will include “keep out zones” for the stream for those looking to not be on stream, as well as some sort of visible way of marking who does not want to have their image posted, and who does not mind. This is still a work in progress for our planning committee, and we take the safety of our participants very seriously.

We are also working on a few rule changes for Rainbow Rumble 2.0, and look forward to announcing those in the coming weeks!

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We can’t wait to be there this year!

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The planning committee has been humbled by the outpouring of support for our event! At this time volunteer roles have been filled! If you are still interested in volunteering, please sign up, and we will waitlist you into a role should we have people unable to attend.

Please note, the event is open to the public (as all FIRST events are) and we would love to welcome any member of the FIRST community who supports our LGBTQ+ students, especially anyone who wanted to volunteer but didn’t get in in time!

As of today, we have 19 teams signed up, and ready to rainbow rumble! We are so excited to have this event for the second year, and will be announcing rule changes soon. (We got through most of them already, but have 1-2 more to finish details on before we announce)

But, a teaser of things to come :heart::orange_heart::yellow_heart::green_heart::blue_heart::purple_heart::

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Y’all, I am so excited for this update.

We are now at 22 teams signed up, with 2 teams on the waitlist (Community/2nd ROBOT)

If you are interested in attending Rainbow Rumble 2023, please make sure you sign up soon! We anticipate having a full event this year.

Time for the Rules Updates!

Rainbow Rumble 2.0 Rule Updates:

Modified LOADING ZONE Tape Lines:

In order to lessen the likelihood of FOULS from G207, we are setting the end of the LOADING ZONE to 16 ft. 1¼ in., in line with the far line of the COMMUNITY.

RAINBOW LINK BONUS:

A RAINBOW LINK BONUS shall be awarded when 6 rainbow colored CONES are placed in proper order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple), in the CONE NODE columns (both CONE NODES and their associated HYBRID NODES in the column). Only one CONE of each color needs to be in each column, as shown in Figure RR-1 below. These CONES are altered from the standard CHARGED UP CONE in that they are colored (exact method will be determined later, and our goal is that these should not have a substantial effect on weight or other characteristics of the cone. The potential exists, at the discretion of the planning committee, to purchase an alternate cone with similar, but not identical characteristics, if we cannot find an effective method of altering the normal CHARGED UP CONES).

The CONES used for the RAINBOW LINK BONUS will still count as normal scoring objects, and included in scoring as normal. The RAINBOW LINK BONUS will be 1 Ranking Point during qualification matches, and 12 points during PLAYOFF matches.

2 of each new color CONE will be allowed to be introduced only via the HUMAN PLAYER via the SUBSTATIONS. These will be in addition to the standard allotments of yellow CONES from CHARGED UP. TEAMS are not allowed to start with or stage a non-standard CONE for use during AUTONOMOUS.

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SUSTAINABILITY BONUS:

The SUSTAINABILITY BONUS will be 5 LINKS (4 with COOPERTITION BONUS)

VIDEO REVIEW:

(PENDING A WAY TO STREAM THE EVENT WITHOUT RISKING SAFETY OF PARTICIPANTS, OR A LOCAL VIDEO BEING SAVED)

During PLAYOFF matches only, any REFEREE call that would have a CARD issued, will automatically be subject to video review.

Every ALLIANCE will receive a VIDEO REVIEW CHALLENGE COUPON that may be used ONCE during PLAYOFFS, to review any instance of game play that a team feels should have had a CARD issued and was not. Teams must be prepared to give as much detail of the interaction as possible so that it can be easily found in the match, preferably with the team numbers of the teams involved, and approximate time in the match. The CHALLENGE COUPON must be given to the HEAD REFEREE prior to the start of the next ROUND of the Playoff MATCH Bracket as defined in section 11.7.2 of the CHARGED UP manual.

The HEAD REFEREE and any other REFEREES whom the HEAD REFEREE decides, shall review match video. The HEAD REFEREE will be the ultimate authority on any CARD issued, and must be able to determine with certainty that a CARD should either be issued or not issued, else the ruling on the field will stand. We, the planning committee, recognize that not every interaction will be fully visible in the video, and therefore will still be relying on the sight of the REFEREE team to ensure safe and fair play occurs. This is our attempt to reduce the number of CARDS issued during PLAYOFFS that can have a direct effect on who wins an event.

PLAYOFF ALLIANCES:

Our intent is to have 8 ALLIANCES of 4 ROBOTS each. These ALLIANCES will be selected like the Championship, 1-8, 8-1, 1-8. No ROBOT is to be forced to play in a match. Should we not have a full complement of 32 teams, a decision will be made on playoff structure by the planning committee on the Friday of the event and communicated to teams at opening ceremonies.

2nd ROBOT:

2nd ROBOTS will be allowed at Rainbow Rumble, at an additional cost of $150/robot/team. 2nd ROBOTS will be placed on the waitlist for the event. We will start moving 2nd ROBOTS off the waitlist on July 1st.

We have been asked about student based community ROBOTS, and we will be allowing these with similar rules to the 2nd ROBOT rules. These ROBOTS must still follow the DRIVE TEAM rules set forth by the CHARGED UP manual (or 2023 high school graduates). These teams will be charged the standard $300, and accepted off the waitlist on July 1st.

For 2nd ROBOTS, please register again using the existing form, with your current team number, and indicate in the Team Name field that it is the second robot.

For community ROBOTS please put 9999 as the team number, and an appropriate team name of your choosing.

The planning committee can’t wait to see you all there!

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Back again with another update! We are up to 26 teams signed up for Rainbow Rumble! We can’t wait to see everyone. As a reminder, we only have room for a hard capped 32 teams! We are going to be opening our waitlist on July 1st. We have a few teams who have expressed interest as community or 2nd robots already, and will be moving them off of the waitlist at that time. If you are interested, definitely get your registration and payment in ASAP!

Also, we have SCHOLARSHIPS! These scholarships will be open to rising Seniors (class of 2024), and will be judged at the event. For more information, see The Rainbow Rumble Scholarship page!

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Just about a month away until Rainbow Rumble! While we did try to get cones that were made by the same manufacturer, we were unfortunately unable to do so. We have done some testing/measurements, and found this cone linked here to be a close copy. We have purchased these cones in Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Purple for use at the event.

As a reminder, payment is due by July 1st, at which point we will be opening up registration to our waitlist teams, and removing teams who have not secured their spots. As of right now, we have 31 teams registered, and 1 on waitlist.

Also, please check out the website for more information about our scholarship opportunities! While you’re team does not need to attend, if you are applying for a scholarship, you will need to attend in person for your interview. All scholarships are open to the class of 2024 only.

We can’t wait to see you all soon!

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How feasible would it be to have a top-down view and crop out any areas where there could be people? The ref panels and driver stations might be a challenge but this seems like the least invasive way to stream the event.

That’s among the options we are considering, but getting a camera rigged up above a field that doesn’t exist is difficult, especially for an off season event. Ultimately providing a safe place for our students to be themselves is our primary focus, and if we are unable to find a way to do as such, we won’t stream.

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Update time!

As of right now we are sitting at 28 teams, a few teams are no longer able to join us for Rainbow Rumble. But, if your team is interested in getting in, now is the time to do it! We are hard capped at 32 robots, and would love to have second bots come at a discounted price of $150/robot for teams already attending. This is the perfect chance to get more driver practice for those of you who want it!

REMINDER: We have multiple $500 scholarship opportunities available to rising Seniors (Class of 2024), so get your students to apply, apply, apply! The deadline is rapidly approaching, Friday July 14, 2023 at Noon Eastern Time. The student must be available to be interviewed on site on Saturday July 22, 2023, but it is not required to be there Sunday, if you cannot make both days. We would like to thank our many sponsors for these, including the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section, and the Troy Argonauts FRC Team 8728. We are still working to finalize a few more scholarship sponsors, so stay tuned!

Thanks to our friends at AndyMark, we will have 5, $100 AndyMark gift cards as door prizes to be randomly selected out of the teams in attendance! (They were also gracious enough to donate the materials for the trophies again this year, so big shout out to @Andy_Baker for that, and the amazing @Liz_Smith for all her work on our custom FTA, FTAA, Ref, and Staff shirts, as well as the vinyl for the trophies!)

Thanks to The Rainbow STEM Alliance for sponsoring the RAINBOW LINK BONUS, and providing the event with other give away items for the event!

Finally, thank you to the Tractor Technicians, FRC 3655, for continuing to host one of the most inspiring off season events in FIRST!

Here is the current list of teams:

Number Team Name
51 Wings of Fire
226 Hammerheads
302 The Dragons
818 The Steel Armadillos
1038 Lakota Robotics
2611 Jacktown Vectors
2832 The Livonia Warriors
2834 Bionic Black Hawks
3175 Knight Vision
3357 COMETS
3620 Average Joes
3655 Tractor Technicians
3656 Dexter Dreadbots
4327 Q Branch
4381 Twisted Devils
4422 Twisted Angels
5406 Celt-X
5460 Strike Zone
5484 Career Academy South Bend Robotics
5704 AutoGoats
6078 Holt RoboRams
6861 The Tyros Team
7166 Red Thunder Robotics
7197 Mountie Megabots
7211 Hollywood
8424 Tractor Technicians Next Gen
8728 Argonauts
9312 NERD Spark
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Is it going to be 1 or 2 rainbow cones per alliance? (2 or 4 total)

The cones will have 2 of each color (Red, Orange, Green, Blue, and Purple) available to each alliance. The Yellow cones will be the existing cones from CHARGED UP.

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Wow!

As of today, we are sitting at 31 robots from 29 teams! Here is the updated list:

Team # Team Name
33 Killer Bees
51 Wings of Fire
226 Hammerheads
302 The Dragons
503 Frog Force
818 The Steel Armadillos
1038 Lakota Robotics
2611 Jacktown Vectors
2832 The Livonia Warriors
2834 Bionic Black Hawks
3175 Knight Vision
3357 COMETS
3655 Tractor Technicians
3656 Dexter Dreadbots
4327 Q Branch
4381 Twisted Devils
4422 Twisted Angels
5406 Celt-X
5460 Strike Zone
5704 AutoGoats
6078 Holt RoboRams
6081 Digital Dislocators
6861 The Tyros Team
7166 Red Thunder Robotics
7197 Mountie Megabots
7211 Hollywood
8424 Tractor Technicians Next Gen
8728 Argonauts
9312 NERD Spark
9981 TADPOLE (6081’s Off Season Robot)
9991 B-Roll (7211’s Second Robot)

Also, a few updates from the planning committee:

Friday

Load-in 5:00 pm
Doors Close 8:00 pm

IF the field is ready, we will get some practice in on the real field. The 3655 practice field will be open Friday evening, but uses team practice field elements, not real field elements.

Saturday

Venue opens 8:00 am
Drivers meeting 9:30 am
Opening Ceremonies 10:00 am
Qualification Matches 10:30 am or immediately following Opening Ceremonies
Lunch 1-2:00 pm
Qualification matches 2-7:00 pm
Teams are asked to kindly be out of the venue by 8:00 pm.

Sunday

Venue opens 9:00 am
Opening Ceremonies 10:00 am
Alliance Selection 10:30 am
Lunch 12-1:00 pm
Eliminations 1-5:00 pm
Closing Ceremonies 5:00 pm
Tear Down immediately following

Scholarship Application

Please encourage your upcoming seniors (Class of 2024) to apply for our scholarship! Current deadline for applications is Friday, July 14th.

2023 Rainbow Rumble Scholarship Application

There are Lowe’s, Menards, Home Depot, and ACE Hardware nearby, as well as plenty of hotel and food options within 20 minutes of the venue.

Friday Evening Activities:

Join the Tractor Technicians for a Rainbow Rumble Scavenger Hunt around Mason! Compete as a team or make alliances with students from other schools. The fun runs from 7-9pm on July 21st.
This will be walkable, but you are more than welcome to have an adult driver come along. There will be adult supervisors at key points along the hunt and safety is a top priority, as at any FIRST event. If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email with the number of students who would like to be involved! Last minute additions are more than welcome and more details will be included in your check-in materials!

Thank you for coming to play robots with us and we will see you soon!!

PLEASE NOTE: For those of you who attended last year, we promised you air conditioning this year. Well, the school is replacing a lot of pipes and they have to turn off the AC this week in order to have everything replaced by the first day of school. We are deeply sorry! We have been working with our building engineer to make sure that we have good airflow and will be pulling in cool air at night.

Edit: We did communicate this to teams as soon as possible after we found out. The school had not told us about this change prior.

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This will probably be the last update (but who knows, so I’m not one to say never) before the event this weekend!

We still are sitting at 31 robots, though we are hoping to get a 32nd robot available for in match play. If you are attending and want to bring a second robot, we do still have that 1 slot left! We are working with a team to get an everybot, and hopefully will have the ability to run some mentor drive teams, etc. with it, but that’s still not official, so don’t hold me to it. We will definitely update teams at the event if it happens. Should we have only 31 robots, we will still try our best to have every team play in playoffs, but we don’t know what that will look like quite yet either.

The thing everyone has asked us about the most this year: Streaming! (and media policy)

I finally have an update!

We are so excited that @Tyler_Olds offered to let us use the FUN YouTube channel to stream! Our plan is to have only the field on stream, and still try our best to prevent any student from feeling uncomfortable or unsafe by being at a streamed event. This likely will mean the stream isn’t what everyone is looking for at a FIRST event, but we will do our best. We will also do everything in our power to make sure the stream vantage point is clearly marked out as well for people at the event. We do reserve the right to look out for our students and cancel our stream at any point in time, should we need to, or be unable to get a good camera angle.

https://youtube.com/firstupdatesnow/live for the live day of stream!

Please see the following media policy, that will also be posted in numerous places around the event, and was previously sent to all teams:

At Rainbow Rumble, safety for all is a core focus for us. With this in mind, we will be providing a Rainbow lanyard to every participant (students, mentors, volunteers, etc). This lanyard will serve as a symbol to others that you consent to your photo being taken and used in team and event media. If you happen to take a photo or video of a participant and can not clearly see the lanyard, DO NOT publicly post that photo or video.

Many of the participants at this event may be members of the LQBTQ+ community, and some of them may not be publicly open or out. We ask that you please respect this process and look for the Rainbow lanyards when taking or posting ANY photos or videos of participants. We want to ensure that all members of our community have a safe and fun event, where they can choose to openly be their authentic selves.

Complying with this media policy will serve to protect the safety and wellbeing of our participants while allowing us to continue to have an enjoyable event in the future!

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Rule question (maybe for driver meeting): if we put a red cone in column 1 and 3 on the high pole, and the orange on the floor of column 3, and assume the rest of the rainbow was correct, do we still get the Rainbow RP?

Basically can we intermix the rainbow cones in non-assigned columns while scoring and still get the rainbow RP. (And I assume an colored cone in an incorrect column would score as if it was a standard cone)

PS: Our teams really like the rainbow RP bonus, it really fits the competition and a fun extra challenge! Also thanks for the streaming update.

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Please ask this again during the drivers meeting! We will definitely be going over some of these nuances then, and want to ensure all teams are able to hear the answers!

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Rainbow Rumble 2.0 is live! Watch Day 1 Stream

You may also be able to watch on TBA GameDay with a mixed chat with R20C

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Have been peeking in on this on occasion, the 9981 mini-bot is the cutest thing ever!

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We’re so glad that you’re enjoying tadpole! If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out the Project T.A.D.P.O.L.E. thread! :smiley:

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Day 2 direct link for playoffs: Rainbow Rumble FRC Event | Day 2 - YouTube

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This was my favorite event of the year. Was very fortunate to be able to volunteer and already looking forward to next year

And of course congratulations to our winning alliance 5460, 51, 2834 and 7166

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