FRC 2729 – Storm



“The goal of the Storm Robotics Team is to motivate our students to excel in competitive environments and serve the community.”


FRC Team: 2729

Location: Marlton, NJ, USA

Established: September 2009

Colors: Orange and Red

The goal of the Storm Robotics Team is to motivate our students to excel in competitive environments. “By simulating a real life situation, where there are deadlines to be met and goals to be achieved, students are put in a position to succeed and develop skills used in the real world. The students also exemplify teamwork and collaboration with each other. We continuously show our support of the terms coined by Woodie Flowers, “gracious professionalism” and “coopertition.” Team members motivate each other to not only succeed in the robotics competition, but to learn new skills, develop an interest in engineering, technology or business, and gain valuable real life experiences that will benefit them in the career path they choose. Through the FIRST® Robotics Competitions,students exhibit these skills and abilities to the world around them in a competitive environment, while stressing the importance of honor and sportsmanship.

Our Robots:

2017 STORM FRC Season

Robot: Iris

Game: Steamworks

Design Details: TBA

Competition and Results: 

  • Westtown Event:
    • Quarterfinalist
    • 19th seed
    • 7th Alliance
    • Awards: Team Spirit Award
  • Lenape-Seneca:
    • Semifinalists
    • 15th seed
    • 3rd Alliance
    • Awards:  Entrepreneurship Award
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship:
    • 23rd seed
    • Dean’s List Finalist: Liam Anthony

2016 STORM FRC Season

Robot: Hephaestus 

Game: Stronghold

Design Details:

  • Six 8” wheels, two 6” wheels West Coast Drive
  • Chain driven wheel (all wheel drive)
  • Beaver Tail to retrieve balls
  • Mini-CIMS (Compression and Vertical Placement)
  • Measuring Tape Hanger operated via Bag Motors
  • Pneumatic System

Competitions and Results:

  • Hatboro-Horhsam – Awards: Team Spirit Award
  • Lenape-Seneca – Award: Gracious Professionalism

2015 STORM FRC Season

Robot:  Genesis
Game:  Recycle Rush, Official Description
Design Details:
  • 4 wheel West Coast Drive using 2 speed transmissions on the back wheel. 
  • The original chassis design used an 9 wheel, h-drive wheel configuration.
  • Elevator lift  with dual action forks capable of lifting a container above a stack of 4 totes.
  • A container grabber arm is located on the back of the robot for autonomously grabbing a single container at a time.  Sensors are used to ensure the grabber obtains a can.
  Competitions and Results:
  • Hatboro-Horsham – Quarterfinalist, 6th seed, 6th Alliance. Awards: Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers
  • Lenape-Seneca – Quarterfinalist, 16th seed, Quarterfinalist. Awards: Engineering Inspiration Award
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship – 50th Seed, Quarterfinalist


2014 STORM FRC Season

Robot:  Fonzie
After a successful 2013 season, our team wanted to build the most complete robot possible for Aerial Assist.  Fonzie was built to be able to take distance shots, intakeFonzie and expel the ball, and have a highly maneuverable chassis.  Some of our teams accomplishments include being a quarterfinalist at Hatboro-Horsham, ranking at the 18th seed.
Design Details:
  • 8 Wheel, 4″ Versa Wheel Drive with a 2 speed AM Sonic Shifter Transmission.
  • Variable Tension catapult for shots to be taken from anywhere inside our alliance zone.
  • 3 position articulating roller intake arm for capturing balls on the ground and rolling them into the one point goal.
Check out a playlist of Fonzie videos here.
AERIAL ASSIST is played by two competing Alliances of three Robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a lighting truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2 minute and 30 second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their alliance receives.

The match begins with one 10-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver. Each robot may begin with a ball and attempt to score it in a goal. Alliances earn bonus points for scoring balls in this mode and for any of their robots that move in to their zones. Additionally, each high/low pair of goals will be designated “hot” for five seconds, but the order of which side is first is randomized. For each ball scored in a “hot” goal, the Alliance earns additional bonus points.

For the rest of the match, drivers remotely control robots from behind a protective wall.  Once all balls in autonomous are scored, only one ball is re-entered in to play, and the Alliances must cycle a single ball as many times as possible for the remainder of the match. With the single ball, they try to maximize their points earned by throwing balls over the truss, catching balls launched over the truss, and scoring in the high and low goals on the far side of the field.

Alliances receive large bonuses for “assists,” which are earned for each robot that has possession of the ball in a zone as the ball moves down the field. Points are awarded for each action per the table below.

Official Description

Competitions and Results:
  • Hatboro-Horsham – Quarterfinalist, 18th seed. Awards: Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • Lenape-Seneca – Quarterfinalist, 18th see. Awards: Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship – Participant, 18th seed



2013 STORM FRC Season

Robot:  Electra                                                 
The team took a simplified approach towards a complicated problem in shooting discs for this year’s game.  We decided early on that we would explore all aspects of gameplay by trying to develop solution that could load disc from the feeder station, shoot from anywhere on the court and also climb as high as we could.  The simple machine combined with high level of sensor control made for a solution that was fully capable of shooting disc with great power and accuracy.  
Check out a playlist of Electra videos here.

ULTIMATE ASCENT is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives.

The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible.

The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs. 

Competitions and Results:
  • Hatboro-Horsham – 3rd Seed, Quarterfinalist w/ 25 & 2539, Engineer Excellence Award Winner
  • Lenape-Seneca – 4th Seed, District Winner w/ 316 & 2495, District Chairman’s Award Winner
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region Championship – 1st Seed, Region Champion w/ 2590 & 1640
  • FIRST Championship, Galileo Division – 15th Seed

2012 STORM FRC Season

Robot:  Donald Duct

The 2012 robot is nicknamed Donald Duct, DD is able to score while in autonomous mode. Using the “Kanyer Belt” we were able to quickly retrieve balls off the ground and into our indexer, from there it could shoot balls very well!  We used tank drive and were able to balance with our 3BA.  The 3 Balance Assist allowed us to rest the bridge to help with balancing during the end game.
The objective of the game is to score as many baskets and balance on the bridges within the time of 2 minutes and 15 seconds, the higher the hoop the more points given. Along with the more robot alliances balanced on the bridge the more points. The match begins with a 15 second hybrid period using a Microsoft Kinect, baskets scored within this extra time period are ruled as bonus points. Each alliance team red and blue consist of three robots per side, the match ends with alliance robots trying to balance on the bridge in the center of the playing field. 
Competitions and Results:
  • Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy M.A.R. District – 21st Seed, Quarterfinalists, Team Spirit Award Sponsored by Chrysler, Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
  • Lenape M.A.R. District – 15th Seed, Quarterfinalists, Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship – 18th Seed, Team Spirit Award Sponsored by Chrysler, Final Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Ranking 33 out of 99 teams.

2011 STORM FRC Season

Robot Name:  Crimson Claw
The 2011 robot was nicknamed Crimson Claw (CC), it was our team’s most complicated robot ever. CC was able to score while in autonomous mode. With the assistance of the line trackers the robot was able to score on any of the three pegs. This allowed us to gain crucial game points before the teleoperated period (human controlled) starts. Using a mecanum drive chassis our robot driver had less difficulty driving the robot. Using an elevator and arm, it was able to pick up tubes from both the ground and the air. In addition to CC, there was the Mini-Me, our mini-bot. Our team built it but it never successfully went up the pole during the competition. At the New Jersey Regional we were the 7th seed alliance captain. 


The objective of this game was to hang as many triangle, circle, and squares on a pole before time runs out. Teams are made of two alliances of three teams, for bonus teams can deploy Mini Bots to climb poles for extra points. They can also try to form the FIRST logo before time runs out for more bonus points. 


Competitions and Results:

  • New Jersey Regional – 11th Seed Alliance Captain, Regional Semifinalists with FRC1218 and FRC192
  • New Jersey Regional – Excellence in Design Award sponsored by Autodesk
  • Philadelphia Regional – 40th Seed Finish


2010 STORM FRC Season

Robot: Brave Beckham

Our second year brought a new and exciting game. The concept of Breakaway was to score goals while working in teams of three, similar to soccer except with bumps and robots. With the experience we gained during our Rookie season and a 120% gain in student members, our sophomore year started with a bang. Our robot was named Brave Beckham due to the relationship between the game and soccer. Our accomplishments included being the 33rd seed at the Florida Regional and 11th seed at the Philadelphia Regional. We were also the 7th Alliance Seed Captain at the Philadelphia Regional. We had more success at the competitions even though we were competing with veteran teams, but our second season did not see any FIRST awards.
Game:  Breakaway
The objective of this game was to shoot soccer balls into nets on each end of the playing field. Teams consisted of two alliances of three teams, the two alliances with the most points wins. There were additional points given to the team that could suspend their robot in the air not being allowed to touch the field at the very end of the match.
Competitions and Results:
  • Philadelphia Regional – 11th Seed Alliance Captain, Quarter Finalists with FRC357 and FRC1391
  • Florida Regional – 33rd Seed Finish

2009 STORM FRC Season

Robot Name:  Stormy

During the rookie year, the team hit the FIRST community with a full force hurricane of energy and dedication. Team 2729 won the Rookie All Star Award at the Washington DC Regional and at the Philadelphia Regional, allowing the team to head on to the World Championships in Atlanta. We accomplished this feat during our first year. Then, at the World Championships, Storm 2729 won the Highest Rookie Seed Award, bringing an end to their status as rookies.  Our rookie year was incredibly successful and at the same time it taught us the challenges FIRST teams’ face during the build season. Our realized that sometimes a good design isn’t the best; before we left for Worlds we changed our design from a shooter to a dumper. When at the previous competition we realized the dumper was the better scoring option for our team. Which our team proved while in Atlanta and got highest rookie seed in our division.
Competition:  Lunacy
The objective was to take 9 inch balls and shoot them into nets on the back of opponents, trying to score the most points as possible. Additional points were added if within the last 20 seconds you managed to score points with the special ball “Super Cell”. The match lasts for exactly 2 minutes and 15 seconds. 
Competitions and Results:
  • FIRST Championship, Galileo Division – Highest Rookie Seed
  • FIRST Championship, Galileo Division – 30th Seed Finish
  • Philidelphia Regional – Highest Rookie Seed
  • Philadelphia Regional – Rookie All-star Award
  • ​Philadelphia Regional – 16th Seed Finish
  • ​Washington, DC Regional – Rookie All-star Award
  • ​Washington, DC Regional – 36th Seed Finish