Championships Day 4

Our team arrived back in Waukesha feeling happy and exhausted at 2:30 this morning. It has been an incredible weekend and an incredible season. We could not be more proud of all the hard work we have put in and the growth we have accomplished as a team.

 

This weekend we made it to the quarterfinals in our division, placing eighth out of over seventy teams from around the world. In addition we are thrilled and honored to have been awarded the UL Industrial Safety Award at the international level. Congratulations to Lexus Stokes, our Safety Captain, for directing this program, and for winning Star of the Day at Championships.

 

Despite this success, coming home is a bittersweet feeling. For four months, this team has been a family, meeting for over 15 hours a week, eating together, laughing together, and working together. We have formed meaningful friendships, gained new skills, and created a special community where everyone is allowed to be incredible. Together, we have each grown and accomplished things we never thought possible.

 

After this point, we will continue to meet and prepare for next year, however meetings will be less frequent and the thrill of build season has officially passed. That being said, we look forward to everything we will be able to do this summer and throughout next year’s season.

 

Championships Day 3

It has been another exciting day at internationals. We are thrilled to be meeting teams from around the world, and making new friends. Walking through the pit, which holds around 600 FRC teams, there seems to be no end of people who are just like us: enthusiastic, tired, and in love with robotics.

 

As it was the final day of  qualification matches, we have finished the mass data collection system we simply call “scouting.” After scouting every team, for two days in row, and in over 100 matches, we are not quite sure whether or not we will miss creating the reports, or feel relived that our job is done.

 

We are also proud of our safety captain, Lexus Stokes, for receiving Star of the Day. This award is based upon peer nomination and it serves to recognize her exemplary work with safety. Lexus also received this award at the Wisconsin Regional this year, however it is a huge honor to be recognized at the international level.

 

Today was a long, busy day, but we appreciate every minute knowing that tomorrow we will be the last day of this season.

 

After our final match today we were ranked 27th in our division (two places higher than we were yesterday). This is a little dissapponting because we know we could do better, however it is not a bad place to be. We hope to be picked at alliance selection tomorrow and compete for as long as possible!

Championships Day 2

As anticipated, today was thrilling, filled with excitement and surprises. We met hundreds of new people from across the world and enjoyed being able to connect with old friends. Students from all subteams were at the top of their game today, whether they were fixing the robot, scouting other teams, talking to judges, doing safety demos, or any number of other critical tasks.

 

Still, some circumstances were not quite so happy. We have been spoiled this season by having a nearly invincible robot which almost never seems to break. Today we encountered various mechanical issues, including broken limit switches and encoder mounts, however through preventative maintenance we were able to deal with most of the problems before they became a serious issue. Our scores were not as high as we had hoped this morning, and we are currently ranked 29th in our subdivision. Still this is not a bad place to be. We look forward to continued improvement tomorrow.

 

One of the most phenomenal parts of FIRST is the atmosphere of gracious professionalism and how fun this makes the entire competition. It is always incredible to talk to other teams and hear about their aproach to this challenge or simply dance and have a great time with them in the pits. At the end of the day today, FIRST conducted an opening ceremony for teams at all four levels of championships (Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC). There we truly got to experience what a huge organization FIRST is and the incredible impact it has had. Now, after dinner and and a short end meeting, students have settled down to get some much-needed sleep for tomorrow’s competition.

Championships Day 1

Today has been a busy and thrilling whirlwind of activity. We began our journey at 7:00 after a brief team meeting, then took a six hour drive down to St. Louis. There, the load-in crew prepared our robot for practice matches while the rest of the team got settled in at the hotel. It wasn’t until 5:00 that other team members were allowed into the pits to help set up our area, interact with teams, and finish preparations for today’s practice matches. We quickly passed inspection and not long after, had our pit set up. In addition, we have already interacted with a variety of teams from around the world.

 

The sheer number of people and teams here is staggering. There are seemingly endless rows of pits, and eight separate divisions of competition. Each of these divisions contains more teams than either of our two regionals. Competition is sure to be tough, but we are still proud of all the work we have put in and confident in our abilities as a team.

 

During our practice matches we encountered a few difficulties. We lost communication between drivers and the robot during the first match, and our “bump” mechanism completely broke during the second. We are confident that the first problem has been resolved, however it will take more time to fix the “bump” mechanism.

 

Tomorrow begins the first day of qualification matches. Each match is crucially important to our team. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and here on our website to stay updated on this intense, dramatic, and fun journey!

Championships

After months of hard work, CORE is finally ready for Championships! We can’t wait to meet the other teams and compete against the best robots in the world. Six hundred teams representing 46 states and 11 countries will be attending this championship event. CORE is thrilled to represent Waukesha in this elite group of teams.

 

Tomorrow we will leave early in the morning and take a six hour bus ride to St. Louis. There, we will participate in practice matches to get ready for qualifications the next day. After winning two regionals with one of the most robust robots we have ever created, we honestly believe that our team has never been so well prepared for an international competition.

 

 

To follow us at competition, go to http://championship.usfirst.org/. You can also find pictures and updates from the competition on our facebook page and on twitter.

 

Stay tuned for further updates! It is sure to be a thrilling weekend!

Midwest Regional Win!

Last week, C.O.R.E. 2062 was proud to announce that we had won the Wisconsin FRC regional. This week, we have even better news- the unprecedented winning of a second regional in a single competition season.

 

After competing in the midwest FRC regional April 2-3, we came home with yet another gold medal. This achievement, a first in the nine years we have competed in FRC, gives us high hopes as we head off to Internationals on April 22-25. In addition, we are thrilled to announce that we won a second UL Industrial Safety Award, Safest Pit, Innovation in Controls and six peer awards from various other teams at the regional.

 

Our highest scoring match from the Midwest regional!

C.O.R.E. 2062 would like to thank all of the teams, volunteers, and sponsors who helped to make this regional as incredible as it was. Finally, congratulations to our alliance partners, MARS/WARS and Riverside RoboTigers for their great work. See you at Championships!

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