Week 5 Update

Only two weeks remain in build season and everyone is working hard to meet the deadline! Last night, Drive Team started working with the robot and we are very happy with the stability that it demonstrated. Mechanical is now hard at work on the second robot, after handing the first robot off to controls for work on our lift. In addition, Programming has written code for driving and the lift mechanism. We are very happy with our progress on the robot up to this point, and with only 17 days remaining we are in a pretty good place.

This week, non-robot related sub-teams have also put in a huge amount of time and effort in their respective areas. Not only has Safety gained a new sponsor and done several demonstrations to the team, but the website sub-team recently updated the sponsor page — be sure to check it out! In addition, Chairmans finished several awards and called over 40 potential sponsors this week.

We have a long way to go before our first competition, but as a team there is no doubt C.O.R.E. will rise to the challenge. Stay tuned for further updates as we near the end of build season and prepare for competition!

 

Week 4 Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s week four and it’s crunch time! Mechanical is working furiously to build the robot while design continues to make detailed plans for them. Controls is also hooking up motors and making a compact control panel. This will make it possible for the drive team to start driving this week so they can get familiarized with both the base and controls of the robot. Programming is making it easier for drivers by adding shortcuts to the controls and also making them more accurate. Field elements has finished the last parts of the field and are now making a drivers station for competitions. Finally chairmans are working on getting sponsorships and writing up awards as well as creating a promotional flyer for the Wisconsin Regional Competition (Link here). By next week the robot should be up and running, ready for practice!

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Week 3 Update

Three weeks into the season and things are taking off! This year we’re building two robots so that if one robot breaks down we can figure out the problem using the twin robot. Most of the base is complete so that means that drivers will soon be able to practice driving and manipulating field elements. We will be able to start practicing on the field starting on next Saturday morning. Design is now planning our lift system and controls is making sure that our motors are up to speed. The Chairman subgroup is also busy submitting awards. We are nearing the middle of build season, and are in a pretty good place.

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Week 2 Build Season

Build season kick off has started and our team is already off to a great start! Just recently we reached consensus on a basic design for our robot. Consensus is a process we use to come up with a game strategy and basic robot design. We listen to everyone’s ideas and then decide on one everyone agrees with or can support. First we split off into three groups lead by mentors and experienced students. In those groups we list off things we want to do and come up with different strategies before coming together for a discussion. Once we decide on a basic strategy we move onto designs for the robot. Students and mentors propose designs to the team.

Here are some examples of students presenting their ideas. If two ideas are similar students can work together to present the idea together.

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After listening to designs we combine and remove proposals. Students then present prototypes for their design.

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When the team has heard all designs and seen all prototypes we reach consensus on which basic robot design.

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