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We are a group of high school students and adult volunteers that learn, explore, and celebrate science and technology. Through the international organization FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology, we build a robot to compete each year. We experience excitement of the challenge, create life-long relationships, and have fun. But we do much more than that. Through collaboration and leadership from students and mentors, ours students develop work ethic, professionalism, and pride.

Our team encourages younger students to experience the same excitement of engineering through programs like FLL and VEX. The Waukesha VEX League Competition and League Nights are hosted by our team. Along with VEX, we also hold FLL competitions and encourage members to mentor FLL teams. In both of these venues, and in many others, we display our robot and enlighten them about FRC. Through this, we excite, inspire and celebrate engineering.

Recent News

Build Season: Week 2

Greetings! This is the second week of our build season and CORE is fired up. After deciding what our strategy was for DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, we had to decide how to execute what we wanted to do. If you would like more information about this year’s game, you can find it here.

This week, subteams have been prototyping to try and determine what the best way is to grab both the cargo and discs. Currently, any student who wanted to, was a part of a discussion to determine the best way to manipulate the game pieces. After a long debate process, we have determined how we are going to pick up the cargo. We have also decided what the manipulation system will be for the hatches.

As for other subteams, programming has been busy trying to organize their files and updating the software on the controllers. Mechanical rookies have also been tasked with finishing a half field for our robot to practice on. So far, they have finished all the levels of the climbing platforms and are currently working on finishing the rocket.

In the outreach subteam, we have been updating our outreach volunteer hours and digitized the data, created a survey to gather information for our essay, and sorted through photos. We have been busy especially with our essays: Chairmans, Entrepreneurship, and Woodie Flowers essay. The Chairman’s essay is “an essay that is representative of our team’s wider impact on our team members and our community,” says Siya Verma, the Business Sub-Lead. The Entrepreneurship essay is an essay that recaps both our spending and our fundraising amounts. Finally, the Woodie Flowers essay is a paper we write about a mentor who we see as an inspiration and leader

Excitement for the new game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, has been growing in CORE. We cannot wait for our upcoming tournament on March 7-9! Come follow CORE on Instagram and Twitter. Have a great week!

Competition Preperation

14 Days Since Bag-and-Tag / 15 Days un­til Wis­con­sin Re­gional / 29 Days un­til Seven Rivers Re­gional / 54 Days un­til De­troit Cham­pi­onship

Today, students from CORE traveled to Milwaukee School of Engineering, one of our sponsors. We went to promote FIRST and STEM to around 150 boy scouts. We encouraged students to engage by driving small VEX robots that we had constructed. We also taught the boy scouts about engineering concepts used on the past season’s robot by showing videos of it in action and letting the boy scouts touch and see the robot in real life.

The mechanical subteam has been very busy with building our second robot which we use for driver’s practice, improving the design of the robot, and improving the programming of the robot. The second robot is almost complete but it already has a drivetrain and lifting mechanism. The second robot has also given our programmers much needed time to complete code for autonomous and tele-op.

In addition to being apart of the MSOE STEM Fair, the media and business subteams are currently working on the judges booklet and chairman’s presentation. They are also putting together the chairman’s video for this year in addition to designing the t-shirt for this year’s competition.

CORE has many projects running and we are very excited to the near completion of most. We are also excited for our first competition, the Milwaukee Regional competition on March 21st through 23rd.

Sayonara Bag-and-Tag!

4 Days Since Bag-and-Tag / 25 Days un­til Wis­con­sin Re­gional / 39 Days un­til Seven Rivers Re­gional / 64 Days un­til De­troit Cham­pi­onship

 

Greetings and salutations! During the past four weeks CORE persevered to accomplish the bag-and-tag deadline. While Programming, Design, Controls and Mechanical fabricated the robot, the Business and Media subteams completed our award submission essays and are currently working on presentations and pit display data.

Meanwhile, Design is updating the drawings for the robot. Programming is working hard on the tele-op and autonomous code, Mechanical finished the drivetrain of the robot, and Controls completely wired the control board and mounted it on the robot. Media and Business are working on the Chairman’s presentation, judges book, and video for submission.

The Programming, Mechanical, Design, and Controls subteams have been putting in as many hours as the mentors will allow – over 25 hours a week for the past 2 weeks which ensured completion of the robot. While the robot was worked on, the Business and Media subteams documented the robot assembly. All in all, our team has been working like a well oiled machine.

Thank you for all the support this build season. Be sure to stop by next week for another blog post and check our Twitter for updates. Until then, have a great week and don’t forget to ‘power up’.

Build Season End of Week 3 Update

24 Days un­til Bag-and-Tag / 53 Days un­til Wis­con­sin Re­gional / 67 Days un­til Seven Rivers Re­gional / 94 Days un­til De­troit Cham­pi­onship

 

Greetings and Salutations! This week CORE has been working hard on award submissions and a new drive train. The behind-the-scenes sub teams Business and Media were in the back typing up the Chairman’s, Woodie Flowers, and Entrepreneurship award submissions. These essays are highly important awards for CORE. The most prestigious award, the Chairman’s essay, can bring our team all the way to the championships in Detroit.

All the other sub teams are working on parts of the robot. Mechanical is Creating our scoring mechanism, drivetrain, and chassis. Design just sent the drawings of the drivetrain and chassis to Mechanical and are now working on the scoring mechanism. Controls is creating a draft of the control board and getting components from older robots. Programming is updating the control board, coding the drivetrain, and building sample robot code.

The Team has put a lot of effort into our work this last week with our drawings, drivetrain, chassis, control board, code and award essays and we’re excited to share our hard work with the community. If you’d like to stay up to date with CORE check out our Twitter, and be sure to check back here for weekly updates. Until then, be sure to stay ‘powered up!’

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