2024: Crescendo

Game Overview

CRESCENDO is the 2024 FIRST Robotics Competition Game. CRESCENDO consists of two competing alliances that are invited to score notes, amplify their speaker, harmonize onstage, and take the spotlight before time runs out. Alliances earn additional rewards for meeting specific scoring thresholds and for cooperating with their opponents. Robots leave their starting zone, score notes in their speaker or amp, and collect and score additional notes. Each time an alliance gets 2 notes in their amp, the human player can amplify their speaker for 10 seconds. Notes scored in an amplified speaker are worth more points than those scored in an unamplified speaker. The overall objective of each match is to score more points than the opposing alliance before the match ends. More information can be found on the game overview or game and season info.

Our Robot

This year, our robot was named Valkyrie. The most famous movement in Wagner’s “Ring” Opera is “The Ride of the Valkyries.” Also, In Norse Mythology, the Valkyries pick the worthy (which sounds like alliance selection). To know more about our robot click here.


In 2024 we attended the Central Missouri Regional where we won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award and the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award, the Iowa Regional where we won the Gracious Professionalism Award, and the FIRST Championship in Houston after qualifying from the Engineering Inspiration Award.


Here is our Impact Video:

The Team


Chetas A, Allen C, Laura C, Grace C, Morgan D, Amaya D, Jackson D, Meabh H, Maighdlin L, Chloe L, Anton L, Anirudh M, Owen M, William M, Logan M, Becky M, Nathan P, Matthias R, Vienna R, Elijah S, Fyona S, Anika S, Aneesh S, Shreya S, Micah S, Laura W, Noah W, Cale W, Joshua W, Mick W, Sarah Y, Adam Z

Associate Students

Ellen B, Yehang C, Samuel J, Ash K, Rayn K, Subaita N, Anneka S, Lynda S, Joshua T, Claire W, Joy Z, Simay Z


Trent A, Michael C, Lily C, Brandon G, Andrew G, John H, Michael H, Andrew M, Matthew N, Dagney P, Supraja P, Lovedeep R, David R, Josiah S, Brian S, Stacia S, Julie V, Jim W, Moriah Z


We would like to thank our sponsors who sponsored us during the season for their contribution to the team.
Diamond: 3M | Danfoss | Iowa State University | Workiva
Platinum: Allaint Energy Foundation | John Deere
Gold: CIT Signature Transportation | City of Ames Electric | Intuitive Foundation | Kingland | Quality Manufacturing Corporation | REG
Silver: Interstate Batteries | Kemin | Ludicrous Creations | The Loft
| United Way
Bronze: Jimmy Johns- Campus Town | West Coast Products
Honorable Mention: Blue Sky Othodontics | Ames High Booster Club | Hy-Vee