Now that 2016 is over, kickoff is only days away! On Saturday, January 7th, about 20 CORE members will be going to WCTC to attend the unveiling of FRC Steamworks. Saturday’s kickoff will mark the start of the six weeks that we have to design, build, and program our robot. This year, we will be competing in two regionals, the Wisconsin Regional, March 22-25th at the UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee and the Seven Rivers Regional, which is April 12th-15th at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI. Watch this space for updates from kickoff on Saturday, but until then we hope that you have a good week!
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.
Hello again! Today is the second day of consensus, and we are devoting all of the meeting to it. As we mentioned in Thursday’s post, we are doing this very intense practice consensus in order to prepare for the real one. The real one will occur during the week after kickoff, which is only 18 days away.
At the last meeting, we discussed goals for exactly how we would score and strategies for doing so, as well as debating whether or not we should play defence. This meeting will begin with team members presenting robot designs based on those decisions. Then the rest of the team will suggest changes to those designs. After that, we take the best parts of all of the designs and create a basic design for a final robot. Once that sketch has been created, the team votes on the sketch. If the vote is unanimous, consensus is over and we give the sketch to the design subteam to finish off. If the vote is not unanimous, we address and attempt to resolve the issues brought up by the people who voted against the design. We then repeat the voting process until everyone accepts the design. This process may be tedious, but it ensures that the robot is the best that it can be because everyone has put their ideas into the design process.
ICYMI: We will be having a CORE Holiday party on Thursday, December 22. Alumni are welcome, and everyone please bring a big appetite, a snack to share, and money for pizza. We hope to see you there!
Hello! Kickoff is only 23 days away, and we are down to our last few meetings. To help us prepare, we are doing two things tonight that are both critical to us being able to compete this season. The first thing that is going on is drive team practice. This consists of perspective drivers using our robot chassis from the 2015 and 2014 games to test their skills doing a number of tasks so that we will have the best drivers possible.
The other thing that we are doing tonight to prepare us for the coming season is a practice consensus. As we have mentioned before, consensus is how our team decides on a general idea of our robot’s functions, missions, and strategies. Since we do not have the rules for Stronghold yet, we are using the 2009 game, Lunacy, to help us practice. We chose this game to practice with for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that while we did compete in this game at both the Wisconsin Regional and the 10,000 Lakes Regional, none of the current student team members were on the team to do it, so this will be a new challenge for most of us. The practice consensus will happen both today and next Tuesday, which will be our last substance based meeting of 2016.
The reason for this is that next Thursday, December 22, will be our yearly Christmas party. This will last from 5-8 PM, with alumni welcome. In the meantime, have a great weekend, and we hope to see you there!