Build Season Week Two 2012

Week two of build season has passed quickly. We were able to reach consensus on the entire robot design, after much debate. Our mechanical team has built a manipulator prototype, a chassis, and a prototype for the actuator. During week two, we were able to test the manipulator prototype. CAD has begun to draw the prototypes on 3D modeling softwear. Animation has been hard at work with storyboarding and modeling the animation for this year. Website has been making some tweaks to the website. Chairman’s has been working on the essay and presentations. All in all, it has been a fairly good week. The entire team is very excited for the 2012 Lake Superior Regional in Duluth!

Build Season Week One 2012

It has been a week since Kickoff. On the first official day of Build Season, we deemed a few things important to focus on and then talked about how to best go about designing the robot to fit those needs, which include being maneuverable and being able to shoot the basketballs a long distance. After some debate, we have come to consensus on almost all of the different components for the robot. Our mechanical team is starting to build the drive train and prototypes for the manipulator. Website, Animation, and Chairman’s all have been hard at work to be able to submit their work on time.

2012 Rebound Rumble

This year’s game is called Rebound RumbleSM. It is more or less a game of basketballs played by six robots split up between two alliances. Something new this year is that during the first fifteen seconds, teams can communicate with their robots using a Kinect. This section of each game is called “hybrid”. It used to be that the robot had to go completely autonomously. FIRST, This an official summary of the 2012 game:

The Rebound RumbleSM robotics game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the 2-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score Alliances more points. Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match. In matches where opponent Alliances work together to balance on the white bridge, all participating teams earn additional valuable seeding points.

Text used with permission from FIRST. More information on the game and the logistics can be found here.

CORE 2062 Prepares for Kickoff of 2012

January 7th marks the beginning of the FIRST Robotics 2012 competition season with the “Kickoff” at WCTC. NASA sponsors the webcast for Robotics teams from all over the Waukesha area. CORE 2062 team members will then return to the Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy at South High School to discuss the new game, which is not revealed until Kickoff! The first task is to reach consensus on the competition strategy and secondly to agree on the characteristics of the robot.
 
The students, mentors and teachers have been meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays since September to conduct safety training and subteam preparation. The team will now add Saturdays to design, build, and test a competitive robot within a very short six week build season. In addition, CORE students work on sub-teams to do CAD design, animation, fabrication, drive train, website design, graphic design and public relations. CORE 2062 consists of 56 students from Waukesha North, West, South High Schools, Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy, Waukesha Academy of Health Professions and homeschoolers.
 
All local FIRST Robotics teams are preparing for the Milwaukee Regional competition on March 22nd and 24th at the US Cellular Arena. Teams compete in groups of three robots called “alliances”. CORE 2062 also plans to travel to the Duluth, Minnesota regional in March. The International competition is in St. Louis this year on April 26th to 28th; links to watch the competition can be found on the USFIRST website.
 
CORE 2062 is still in need of corporate sponsors to support their efforts. Even though the build season is just six weeks long, the students work together year round having fun while increasing their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Any individuals or businesses interested in supporting CORE 2062, please contact Mark Spoerk, Lead Mentor at 262-970-3880.
 
For more information about the FIRST Robotics organization, go to www.usfirst.org.
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