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

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!’

Build Season End of Week 2 Update

31 Days until Bag-and-Tag / 60 Days until Wisconsin Regional / 74 Days until Seven Rivers Regional / 101 Days until Detroit Championship


Greetings and salutations! This week is midterms week for our school district, so even though we’ve been studying hard, CORE members have still managed to get robotics things done. On Tuesday, we finalized our robot design, and the design team got to work getting the blueprints to Mechanical. Mechanical received a shipment of parts from one of our sponsors (Thanks, Fastenal!), and started building the first parts that we have designs for. Controls has been salvaging parts from older robots to prepare for this year’s control board. Programming has been prepping computers and code, Design has been hard at work designing, and Media and Business are working on award submissions. Along with all of this some members have been recreating field elements for this year’s POWER UP challenge.

When asked about his thoughts on writing the Chairman’s essay, CORE rookie Isaiah said, “As a freshman, writing the chairman’s essay teaches me the CORE values and more about what the team does.” Sakshi, another rookie working on the chairman’s essay had this to say, “Working on the chairman’s essay gives me an opportunity to have a say in an important part of our competitions.”

This past week we’ve been busy with finals, but we’ve been keeping occupied with CORE. If you want to stay up to date with CORE be sure to check back here next week. Also don’t forget to check our Twitter for updates. Until then, have a great week!

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