Consensus (Part 2)

Hello again! Today is the second day of consensus, and we are devoting all of the meeting to it. As we mentioned in Thursday’s post, we are doing this very intense practice consensus in order to prepare for the real one. The real one will occur during the week after kickoff, which is only 18 days away.

At the last meeting, we discussed goals for exactly how we would score and strategies for doing so, as well as debating whether or not we should play defence. This meeting will begin with team members presenting robot designs based on those decisions. Then the rest of the team will suggest changes to those designs. After that, we take the best parts of all of the designs and create a basic design for a final robot. Once that sketch has been created, the team votes on the sketch. If the vote is unanimous, consensus is over and we give the sketch to the design subteam to finish off. If the vote is not unanimous, we address and attempt to resolve the issues brought up by the people who voted against the design. We then repeat the voting process until everyone accepts the design. This process may be tedious, but it ensures that the robot is the best that it can be because everyone has put their ideas into the design process.

ICYMI: We will be having a CORE Holiday party on Thursday, December 22. Alumni are welcome, and everyone please bring a big appetite, a snack to share, and money for pizza. We hope to see you there!

Consensus (Part 1)

Hello! Kickoff is only 23 days away, and we are down to our last few meetings. To help us prepare, we are doing two things tonight that are both critical to us being able to compete this season. The first thing that is going on is drive team practice. This consists of perspective drivers using our robot chassis from the 2015 and 2014 games to test their skills doing a number of tasks so that we will have the best drivers possible.


The other thing that we are doing tonight to prepare us for the coming season is a practice consensus. As we have mentioned before, consensus is how our team decides on a general idea of our robot’s functions, missions, and strategies. Since we do not have the rules for Stronghold yet, we are using the 2009 game, Lunacy, to help us practice. We chose this game to practice with for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that while we did compete in this game at both the Wisconsin Regional and the 10,000 Lakes Regional, none of the current student team members were on the team to do it, so this will be a new challenge for most of us. The practice consensus will happen both today and next Tuesday, which will be our last substance based meeting of 2016.


The reason for this is that next Thursday, December 22, will be our yearly Christmas party. This will last from 5-8 PM, with alumni welcome. In the meantime, have a great weekend, and we hope to see you there!

Thank You

Hello! We are back from a very busy weekend and we are happy to report that the FLL tournament was a huge success! The participants, adults, and volunteers had tons of fun and overall, it was good for the team and all the kids participating. Whether you came to watch, compete, or volunteer, we can’t thank you enough. You were an integral part of making this work. Good job to all participating teams, and congratulations to the winners. We will be back with more FRC updates soon, but in the meantime, have a good week and we hope to see you at kickoff!

Joy to the World, FLL is Here

We at CORE are very excited because this Saturday, December 10th, we host the FLL sectional here at South. This is a big deal, so some local teams, including CyberSaders, Laser Robotics, and New Berlin Blitz, are all going to help us out. There will about 48 teams of middle schoolers competing to advance to the next round of competition. This is sure to be a fierce tournament, so make sure to come, eat snacks, and watch. If you want to watch, the opening ceremony is at noon, at Waukesha South. We wish all of the team’s luck, and hope to see you on Saturday!

A (Sort of) in-depth explanation of Consensus

Hello! There are only a couple weeks left until Christmas, which means build season is just around the corner. But before that, CORE will be having two practice consensus meetings to get prepared to design this year’s robot. Consensus meetings are where our whole team gathers together as a group and discusses the game rules, the restrictions we have on our robot, and more in order to come up with a new robot design that will be able to conquer whatever FIRST decides to throw at us. Then, the design team uses the suggestions and rough sketches and gets to work designing exactly what our robot will look like. We use this process because it ensures that the entire team has a say in what our robot will look like and so that we can all check each other’s work and suggest edits to make the robot better. Also, December 10th is the FLL tournament, so good luck to all competing teams, and we hope you have a great weekend!

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