Safety Testing Completed

Most members on the team have completed Safety Training and passed the safety test with 100% accuracy. Safety training included a tour around the workshop and hands-on instruction for using the bandsaw, drill press, miter box and hand tools. The test covered basic shop safety, as well as safety when using the bandsaw, the drill press, and the miter box. Now that we have passed, team members can use the machines in the shop. C.O.R.E. is ready for a great build season! We can’t wait for Kickoff! Congratulations, everyone!

How to Train Your Dragon

By way of invitation from MSOE, C.O.R.E. swooped into the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular! After a pizza dinner and a technology presentation by MSOE, 34 lucky mentors, parents, and students went to go see an anamatronic version of DreamWorks’ popular animated film. Thirteen different dragons soared across the stage in this family-friendly show. Some of these marvels had a wingspan of 46 feet! All in all, this was a very fun experience for the team, and we would be happy to go see it again! Thanks to MSOE for inviting us!

Marquette FLL Concessions 2012

C.O.R.E. had a great time fundraising at Marquette High School.  A select group of students helped managed the concessions for two FLL tournaments hosted by the Hilltoppers, team 1732. This was of great benefit for the team and helped the Hilltoppers by freeing up their volunteers for the rest of the tournament.  All in all, this was a great two days for C.O.R.E.!

LEGO League Tournament 2012

FLL (crop right side off)

On November 12, C.O.R.E.  held a FIRST LEGO League tournament at Waukesha West! Over 35 teams showed up to compete. There were many amazing projects and creations for the judges to revel in and comment on. The highest score of these creations got over 400 points!  Even the non-robotics related parts were great! We ran a very successful concessions stand, and had a DJ rocking the tournament all the time! Overall, much fun was had by all, and we would love to do this again!

Vex Tournament


On Saturday November 3rd, 2012, C.O.R.E. volunteered and competed in the high school VEX tournament.  There was a lot of excitement in the elimination rounds, as team number 1200B made a huge comeback in the very end to overcome a point deficit.   Rookie members of  C.O.R.E. competed at the tournament also.  Although the C.O.R.E. VEX team was not on a winning alliance, all participants gave a great effort with many making it into the quarterfinals and semifinals.  One of our teams (2062E) made it as far as the final rounds. In the end, all competitors had a great time. Congratulations to Appleton 1200B for qualifying for World Competition! Keeping up with C.O.R.E. values, we made sure that everyone in the pit area were wearing safety glasses, both enforcing safety and creating good safety habits for the future.  Staffing went so smoothly that we are thinking of hosting another VEX tournament next year!

Rockwell Automation Employee Appreciation 2012

On August 30th 2012, C.O.R.E. 2062 participated in the Rockwell Automation Employee Appreciation Day.  In this event, we went to the Rockwell Automation Headquarters to demonstrate our robot and to show one of our sponsors what we’ve been up to. Six members went along who drove  the robot, talked to Rockwell employees, and learned more about different engineering careers. This was a fun, enlightening experience for C.O.R.E. members.  We would be happy to do it again!

2012 C.O.R.E. Picnic

The C.O.R.E. summer picnic was a hit! On August 18th, team members and their families gathered at Minooka Park for lunch and an afternoon of games and fun. After lunch, quite a few of us joined in a huge volleyball game, while the rest of us ate more food (of which there was plenty!). We welcomed rookie members and introduced them to the C.O.R.E. way of life. On our team, when we are not building great robots, we like to have fun. Whether we are building robots or not, most of us drink Mountain Dew (Throwback is the best!). We do not know the exact number, but quite a bit of this tasty drink was consumed in a short amount of time! All in all, C.O.R.E. had a great time at the picnic.

Wisconsin State Fair 2012

We presented at the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair August 6-8. On the first 2 days of the 1st Annual State Fair Robotics Rally, we provided volunteers to help at the tournament. In fact, some of our team members were chosen to be on the challenge design team for the LEGO Robotics Competition part of the competition. We showed off our robot and answered questions about FIRST Robotics on the 3rd, and last day, of the Robotics Rally. We also gave a presentation about FIRST Robotics that uncovered curiosity about the program from all parts of the state.

Waukesha County Fair 2012

CORE recently attended the Waukesha County Fair! On July 21st and 22nd,  we took roughly over 15 members to the fair.  We presented information about FIRST programs and other robotic programs to fair-goers.   We demonstrated our FRC robot at the fair and let fair-goers drive our VEX robots around.  We gave kids and adults the chance to experience robotics on a personal level.  They were able to drive three different types of robots from FLL(First Lego League), Vex, and FRC(First Robotic Competition).  Our students took what they learned about FIRST at the meetings and spread the word to our community.  Students were surprised and overwhelmed that so many kids have never even  seen a robot.  It was a joy to see the kids drive the little FLL and Vex robots and then awesome to see their jaws drop when they saw the FRC robot.

Feed the Kids with Salvation Army

On June 14th, C.O.R.E. 2062 went to the Salvation Army to prepare and assemble lunches for the program Feed the Kids. We then went to a local park, and helped distribute the sack lunches to students in need. We served over 110 healthy lunches to students who were not in school, and therefore not able to receive free or reduced lunch.

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