VEX League Nights- 2011

Every Tuesday in October, new C.O.R.E. members and middle school students gathered in South High School’s cafeteria to build their VEX robots. With help from older members, the students assembled robots to perform a specific task, based on this year’s game, Gateway:

VEX Gateway is played on a 12’x12’ square field. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a twenty-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent Alliance by Scoring Barrels and Balls in Goals, earning Bonus Points and Doubling or Negating Goals.

For the complete rules of the game, click here.

C.O.R.E. sold concessions  and mentored the younger students, helping them to discover creative ways to complete the task. The nights were filled with highs and lows as robots broke but were able to be fixed once more. All in all, the feedback received was positive. Everybody involved had a lot of fun.

Rockwell Automation Fair 2011

Noisy, crowded, full of energy. This describes the atmosphere at the 20thanniversary Rockwell Automation Fair, on November 17, 2011. Since it was in Chicago, CORE was able to demonstrate our robot at a half field set-up of the 2011 game, Logomotion. We and the other teams represented FIRST and their support of science and technology. We drove our robot around with a few other teams as well and were quite a hit. There were booths with different companies showcasing their work and even scholarships being given out. We toured the exhibits in shifts so there was always someone staying with the robot. We didn’t get to drive the robot the whole time though because it was designed for about two and a half minute runs so we had to stop it often to let it cool down and charge the battery. The bus ride back was fairly un-eventful although some of us played some games with one of the other coaches for a while before resorting to playing with the various give-aways we had gotten and even did some doodle contests. Overall it was an awesome time. We learned about some applications of robotics and got to see what real-world engineers are doing to further the field of robotics.

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