C.O.R.E. Diary: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dear Diary,
As competition nears ever-closer, the team has started working as hard as possible, keeping us afloat. Our new modified climber is being tweaked, and our second tilter is done and attached! The tilter’s job is to position the robot at the same angle as the pyramid before climbing. We used extra man power to accomplish these difficult tasks. Our traveling team is almost decided, and soon we will be packing up to head off to Duluth!

Rockwell Automation Engineering Week

As part of Rockwell Automation’s engineering week Rockwell Automation had a day for the organizations that they sponsor as well as for their employees to show of their patents. On Feburary 20 C.O.R.E. attended and had the opportunity to present about FIRST to Rockwell’s employees and employee families. Team members showed off our robot from Rebound Rumble, last year’s game, and even explained it in detail to some technically enthusiastic employees. With there being a FLL and a FTC team in attendance all of FIRST was represented. The dinner at the event was great and there were even some activities for kids. It was fun to attend.

Week 7 of the 2013 Buildseason

C.O.R.E. is getting ready to go to competition. We are creating packing lists for the spare parts mechanical as well as for what other subteams will bring. In twelve days we are off to Duluth so these items will soon be packed away. Mechanical and programming are working together to finish building our second robot for driver practice. Chairman’s is getting materials on the specs of our robot ready. Scoutagy, which has finished their scouting sheets, is now planning for scouting and data input.

C.O.R.E. Diary: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dear Diary,
Tension built throughout Tuesday evening as C.O.R.E. 2062 made last minute modifications to our competition robot. Before our robot could be bagged and tagged, the mechanical and programming subteams had to integrate the mechanical components, including mounting their climbing apparatus, Frisbee shooter, and safety guards. These are giant steps to take last minute and in no way simple modifications. The need to succeed increases as with the complex task of programming our robot’s the hand held controllers which need to be both efficient and easy to use.

Week 6 of the 2013 Buildseason

Week 6 chairmansC.O.R.E. has been working feverishly over the last few days! With Stop Build Day looming on the horizon, we scurry to put the finishing touches on our robot. Mechanical has completed the robot and it has been passed over to our control subteam. The programmers have stayed secluded in the auto shop, making the robot run. Even as that goes on, animation has finished their e-cards for whenever Christmas comes and the CAD team is tracking mechanical’s every move from behind their computers. Chairman’s has finally submitted their award, and website has been implementing some serious changes- take note!

C.O.R.E. Diary: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dear Diary,
We’re entering crunch time! With only seven days left of build season, our time is limited. Mechanical has much to get done, and most of the subteams are competing for time with the robot. As the week keeps moving, final plans come together, people work hard, and excitement for competition spreads throughout the team. Preparations are already underway for regionals, including scouting, organizing game data, and planning game strategies. This week will determine whether we will fly or fail at competition. All of us have hope for success, and fear of failure.
The clock is winding down!
Tick, tock, tick, tock…

Week 5 of the 2013 Buildseason

Week 5 website programmingWeek 5 brings increased urgency to C.O.R.E. The Mechanical subteam, after assembling many parts in the past week, has gone into overdrive to overcome some challenges that this buildseason has presented. On a positive note, the rest of the subteams are doing well and the build season has so far been incredibly productive. Scoutagy is making significant strides and is on track to facilitate scouting during competition, Chairman’s is getting closer to finishing the Chairman’s award submission, programming has been working on the robot’s autonomous mode, and the C.O.R.E. website is becoming mobile compatible.

Good luck to any teams having robot problems, just stay positive.

C.O.R.E. Diary: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dear Diary,
C.O.R.E.’s mechanical subteam, a few weeks ago, was broken up into sub-subteams to work on the various challenges of this year’s game. One would think that mechanical might be continually stretched to find the intelligence and the man power required to fill the needs of each of the sub-subteams. However, C.O.R.E. has some great people who are ready and willing fill the positions. In addition, all of the subteams have impressive to do lists and yet work tirelessly to be on track. Who would have known that robots could be such a great motivator? All in all, it seems apparent that C.O.R.E. 2062 has some surprises up it’s sleeve.

Week 4 of the 2013 Buildseason

Week 4 bandsawWeek 4 has brought new challenges, and with that new achievements! As we approach crunch time, Mechanical subteam nearly completed the first robot, and Controls has made significant strides in completion of wiring the board. Rooms 107 and 108 are filled with students full of great ideas. Chairman’s, Scoutagy, Animation, CAD, and Website continue to support the team electronically, and Programming sets itself up in a secluded area to discuss code to make the robot move. The team continues to run smoothly and happily as we set off for the final two weeks of build season.

Good luck to all FIRST teams for the rest of build season!

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