Back to School (and Robotics)

Greetings and salutations. The new school year is starting, and CORE Robotics is getting back into the swing of things. In the past few weeks, we have participated in over 10 days of outreach at all of the School District of Waukesha high schools. We will be continuing our outreach with our annual interest night. It will be held this year at Waukesha South High School in Room 108 on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM. We will also be hosting VEX robotics league nights for the middle school teams in the Waukesha South cafeteria from 4:30 to 7:00 PM every Wednesday.

FRC World Championship 2

Hello! Yesterday was busy and tiring, but we got a lot done! The day started at 6:15 when we met in the lobby of our hotel to have a team meeting to start the day. From there, we walked to the arena. Our first match was at 9:42 AM, so the robot-related subteams got to work preparing the robot. We played in four matches yesterday, winning two of them. We got about 200 safety demos done, and members of our team attended many different conferences to learn how we can do different and better things next year. At the end of the day, we met for another team meeting at the hotel. We have already played in one match today, losing 371-322. You can watch the rest of our matches today here. We are proud to be here and we look forward to the rest of the competition, but in the meantime, keep checking this page, as well as our Twitter account for updates.

 

FRC World Championship Update 1

Hello! I am very pleased to be writing this from the stands of the 2017 FRC Championship in Saint Louis, Missouri. Getting here has been demanding work, and we look forward to competing with some of the best teams in the world this week. We are in the Daly division, and you can watch our matches when they go live today here. Here’s a brief rundown of what we did yesterday. We met at South at around 6:30 AM so that we could have a meeting to discuss the upcoming weekend before we left. After the meeting, we boarded the bus at 7:00 to drive to St. Louis. We drove without stopping, and the ride took about six hours. Once there, the mechanical and controls subteams went straight to the pits to work on the robot while the other subteams got to work on their respective jobs. We started giving safety demos to other teams and began scouting other teams in our division. We also played one practice match yesterday, winning 299-260. We look forward to the rest of the competition, but in the meantime, keep checking this page, as well as our Twitter account for updates.

Seven Rivers Tournament Summary

Hello! One week ago, our team competed in the first ever Seven Rivers FRC Regional in La Crosse. Here’s a sum­mary of what we accomplished.

 

Wednesday: We left Waukesha South at around 12:30 and drove to our hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We arrived at our hotel at around 3:00 to prepare for the regional the next day. When we got there, some of the members of our team went to the arena to set up our pit. We had a few hours to explore the city, and then we met to have a full team meeting at 10:00 to wrap up and talk about the day and prepare for the next few days.

 

Thursday: We met in the lobby of the hotel at 7:30 so we could be at the arena with plenty of time to spare be­fore the pits opened at 8:00. Prac­tice matches started af­ter lunch, at noon. CORE was paired with teams from across Wis­con­sin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa. Practice matches ended at 6:00, but mem­bers of the Me­chan­i­cal, Con­trols, and Programming sub­teams stayed un­til the pits closed at 8:00 to work on the ro­bot.

 

Friday: Once again, we met down in the hotel lobby at 7:30 for a meeting before waiting in front of the stadium for the pits to open at 8:00. We watched a quick opening ceremony before matches began at 9:00. CORE par­tic­i­pated in seven Qualification Matches on Friday. CORE participated in the first match of the competition on the blue alliance with teams 4657 and 5003 against 3276, 6732, and 2830. Blue alliance won with a score of 250. Our sec­ond match was Qualification Match 10, and we were on the red alliance with 6732 and 3090 against 5826, 5098, and 5914. Red alliance won with a score of 305. The next match was Qualification Match 19 on the red alliance with 3418 and 1625 with the blue alliance being 4624, 3100, and 167. Blue alliance won with a score of 322. Our next match of the day was 27 on the blue alliance with 4624 and 2826 against 2506, 2530, and 6624 on the red alliance. Red alliance won with a score of 231. Our fifth match was match 35 against the red alliance- 6166, 5003, and 5339- with 1091 and 1739. Red alliance won with a score of 325. The sixth match was the 48th match with 5339 and 6420 on the red alliance against 269, 4531, and 5903. Blue alliance won with a score of 255. Our last match of the day was match 52 on the red alliance with 1986 and 6574 against 3695, 2194, and 6419 on the blue alliance. Blue alliance won with a score of 400. After the day’s matches ended at 6:00, most team members went back to the hotel or for dinner, but many pit members stayed at the stadium until 8:00.
Saturday:  We met down in the hotel lobby at 6:45 for a meeting and loaded cars for checkout before queuing in front of the stadium with the other teams for the pits to open for the last time at 8:00. After another brief opening ceremony, the remaining matches began at 9:00. CORE par­tic­i­pated in our final three qualification matches on Saturday. Qual­i­fi­ca­tion matches started at 10:00, and our first match of the day was match 63. CORE was on the red al­liance, along with 4762 and 48. The blue al­liance for this match com­prised of 3750, 4959, and 6420. Red alliance won with a score of 235.  Our sec­ond match was qualification match 69, and we were on the blue alliance with 5586 and 5098 against 48, 930, and 171. Red alliance won with a score of 311. Our last match was the last qualification match of the competition: Qualification Match 85. We were paired with 2451 and 1306 on the blue alliance against teams 4247, 4655, and 5148. Red alliance won with a score of 274. After qualification matches concluded, alliance selections began. We were seeded third and paired with 1986 and 5442. Our alliance won every match in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals with scores of 467 and 387 for the quarterfinals, 517 and 533 for the semifinals, and 401 and 418 for the finals. We broke tournament records several times, but the real achievement was in semifinal match two when our alliance scored the global high score in a clean game(without penalty bonuses) at a stupendous score of 533 points! We received awards for Regional Winners and Innovations in Controls. Shortly after the wrap-up, the team headed back for South High School and arrived around 10:00. Everyone is excited for Worlds in St. Louis in just a week.

Seven Rivers Day One Update

Hello! We have just arrived at our hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to attend the 2017 Seven Rivers Regional. We left Waukesha South at around 12:30 and drove here. Now, some of the members of our team will go to the arena to set up our pit. We will have a few hours to explore the city, and then we will meet to have a full team meeting at 10:00 to wrap up and talk about the day and prepare for the next few days. Tomorrow, the fun really starts as we begin practice matches. Please stay tuned to this website and our Twitter page as we will be regularly posting more updates.

Wisconsin Regional Tournament Summary

Hello! One week ago, our team competed in our first regional of the season, the 2017 FRC Wisconsin Regional. Here’s a summary of what we did at the tournament.

Thursday: All members of the team arrived at Waukesha South at 7:00 AM for a quick team meeting before the tournament began. We left South at 7:15 so we could be at the arena with plenty of time to spare before the pits opened at 8:30. The Drivers’ Meeting was at 9:00, and from then on, we worked on updating our robot, until lunch at 11:00. Practice matches started after lunch, at 12:00. CORE participated in four practice matches on Thursday, and were paired with teams from across Wisconsin and Minnesota. Practice matches ended at 6:00, but members of the Mechanical, Controls, and Programming subteams stayed until the pits closed at 8:00 to improve the robot.

Friday: CORE’s team members arrived at Waukesha South at around 6:45 for a second morning meeting before beginning the day. We left South at 7:00 so we could get to the arena before opening ceremonies, which started started at 8:30. There were many great leaders and speakers such as Wisconsin State Representative Adam Neylon, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir, and GE Healthcare Executive Tim Nustad. They discussed how being involved in FIRST will positively impact the rest of our lives. After the ceremonies, we were ready to start competing! Qualification matches started at 9:00, and our first one was at 9:56. CORE was on the blue alliance, along with 6421 and 2506. The red alliance for this match comprised of 2077, 5855, and 4549. We won this match, 225 to 180. Our second match was at 11:20. CORE was on the red alliance this time, paired with 6643 and 1091. We faced off against 6670, 2472, and 3381. We won this match, 188 to 145. We were the first match after lunch break, at 12:40. For this match, we were on the blue alliance again, paired with 930 and 2472. We faced 2358, 5096, and 5976, and we ended up losing, 185 to 112. Our next match was less than half an hour later, at 1:15. We played against 6223, 5096, and 2143 and worked with our alliance members, 4786 and 706, to win, 311 to 268. Our next match was at 2:32, and we won that round as well, with the help of our alliance partners, 4804 and 2202. We competed for that win against 5148, 4531, and 1716, and the final score was 302 to 235. Qualification match 49 was important to us, not only because we competed with a future elimination alliance partner, 3130, but we also scored what was, at the time, the highest match score at the tournament. Along with 3130, we were on the blue alliance with 1985, against 2202, 3197, and 6421. The final score of this match was 367 to 196. Qualification match 60 was intriguing, since we had to play it twice. CORE was in the blue alliance, with 1306 and 2194, and we competed against 2220, 93, and 537. The first time that this match was played, we lost, but the judges ruled that there was a field fault and the match was to be replayed. The teams and alliances stayed the same during the replay, but the second time we won, 308 to 201. This was also the last match of the day. After a brief team meeting in the stands to go over the results of the day, members of the Mechanical, Controls, and Programming subteams stayed until 8:00 again to complete daily maintenance and prepare the robot for the next day.

Saturday: Lots of us arrived at South at 6:45 AM again, so that we could make it to the arena early again. We had the first match on Saturday, at 8:45 AM, so as soon as we arrived, the subteams got to work getting everything ready to go so we could be queued quickly. For this match, we were paired with 1732 and 3596. Due to control problems on our robot, we lost 257 to 280 to the red alliance, which was comprised of 1714, 3418, and 1675. We had nearly two hours from then until our next match, at 10:09. For the second match of the day, we were paired with 4296 and 3081, and we competed against 930, 1781, and 5552. We won this match, 345 to 216. For our final qualifications match, we were paired with 6223 and 5586. We competed against 4198, 2531, and 1792, and we won, 288 to 285.

Then came alliance selection. CORE was seeded first at the end of qualifications, so we got to pick first. We picked 3130, the Errors, as our first pick because they had a consistent gear scoring ability and a floor gear pickup, which we needed in case we were to drop a gear. We picked 1091, Oriole Assault, because they were a very consistent climber who had a good gear manipulator and could play defense.

Once the alliances were selected, finals started. We played and won the first two quarterfinal matches, 445 to 238, and 473 to 286, respectively, against the eighth seeded alliance, which was comprised of 4786, 269, and 2830. Those two wins sent our alliance to the semifinals. Our semifinal blue alliance, was comprised of 1675, 1732, and 2194.  In the first semifinal match, we lost 271 to 255. We came back in the second round, winning 310 to 262. However, our robot suffered mechanical difficulties during the second match, and after two time-outs’ worth of maintenance, we were able to get it up and running again. Despite this, we lost the final Semifinals match, 317 to 309. This eliminated us from the competition, after 15 hard fought games.

In conclusion, we were proud of our performance at this regional. We seeded first for the first time ever and ended up winning the Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control award. We also gave more safety demonstrations than ever before. We are proud of all team members that have been involved throughout this tournament and the year, and we look forward to our next competition in two weeks in La Crosse.

Three Weeks Until Competition Progress Update

Hello! It’s the week after bag day, and we are well into building our second robot.

The Design subteam has been working with Mechanical to resolve imperfections that have been found while building the second robot. These solutions have to be lightweight and easy to install, due to the shortened time period that we will have to fix things at the tournament. The Mechanical subteam has been building the second robot which will be used for practicing by the drive team.  They have assembled the lift and gear manipulator for the second robot and they have mounted the gear manipulator. Once they finish the rest of the structure, they will hand the robot off to the Controls subteam. In the meantime, Controls has been preparing for the upcoming competition season by repairing the second control board and by organizing their new tool cart. Programming has been working on the autonomous code, specifically planning out and implementing sequences. They also prepared our swerve drive for one of the demonstrations that we did. In addition to this, they have begun programing the vision to identify the targets on the airship. Scoutagy has continued to develop their analysis tools for the scouting database. Chairman’s has been working on the Judges’ packet and Spec Sheet, both of which will be given out at our competitions to judges and visitors. Media has been helping Chairman’s with some basic data gathering and proofreading. They have also been writing these posts and tweeting.

But it hasn’t been only robotic progress that we’ve been making. On Saturday, we picked a name for our robot. Following in the team tradition of naming our robots after Greek and Roman gods, we have chosen the name Aergia. We chose this name because she is the daughter of Æther and Gaia, both of which have been successful robots for our team in previous years, with Æther helping us win the 2013 Lake Superior Regional and Gaia helping us win the 2015 Wisconsin and Midwest Regionals.

Before we sign off today, CORE would like to thank the good people at Power/Mation, who tonight gave us a donation so that we can continue to build robots and travel to competitions. We would also like to thank another sponsor, MSOE, who sent a representative to talk to us about how our futures as engineers could be helped by attending MSOE.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Bag Day… It’s Kind of a Big Deal

Happy Bag Day! We have 4 hours left until we have to bag the robot, and we are still working hard. We have met every day since the last update, but tomorrow we will not be meeting as we all need sleep. As of 7:00 PM CST today, here’s what we have done:

  • Design has finished all of the robot designs. Throughout the week, they have been working with Mechanical to troubleshoot problems on the robot and find solutions.
  • Mechanical has finished the first robot. They have installed the gear manipulator and helped Controls mount the control board. They have also started the intake, climber, and lift mechanisms on the second (practice) robot.
  • Controls has finished the pneumatics system for the robot. Working with Mechanical, they mounted the control boards and guards to the robot.
  • Programming has been working with Controls to fix any bugs that were on the drive system. They have also been updating their code library.
  • Safety has been preparing plans in case of emergencies. These plans include contingencies for lockdowns, lockouts, fire drills, and tornado drills.
  • Chairman’s has been preparing for the competition and their Chairman’s presentation.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making more changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has released the first edition of their program, which they have begun bug testing.

We will bag the robot before 10:59 PM CST tonight, as we are required to. We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Week Six Progress Update

Happy Valentines Day! We have 182 hours left until we have to bag the robot, and we are still working hard. We have met every day since the last update, and we plan to continue meeting every day until we have to stop. As of 9:05 PM CST today, here’s what we have done:

  • Design has finished the lift, the trapdoor, and the gear manipulator. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the gear manipulator. 
  • Mechanical has done a lot in the past week. They manufactured the parts for, assembled, and tested the lift and intake and made small tweaks to the overall assembly. They are currently working on the final parts, which design has given to them. Once these parts have been finished, the robot will be structurally complete.
  • Controls has planned and almost completed the control board. They will install it onto the robot as soon as it is structurally complete.
  • Programming has been working on the code for the autonomous period. They have also been making small tweaks to the teleoperated code.
  • Drive Team has been testing our drivers on the rules of the game to make sure that we will be well prepared for the coming competition season.
  • Safety gave a presentation this Saturday on traffic light behavior.
  • Chairman’s has finished and sent in the Chairman’s and Woodie Flowers award submissions. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the Entrepreneurship award.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making more changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has been working on the scouting dashboard and have begun development of the user side of the application.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Week Five Progress Update

Hello! We are down to exactly two weeks until stop build day, so we are going full steam ahead (no pun intended). In addition to our regular Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday meetings, the Design, Mechanical and Programming subteams were here from 5-9 PM last Friday and yesterday working hard to finish building the rope climber and gear boxes. As of 5:00 PM today, here’s what’s finished:

  • Design has finished the intake, climber and associated assembly drawings. They are currently working on the lift and gear manipulator.
  • Mechanical has finished the second (practice) drivetrain. They are currently working on the final assembly of the intake and the climber for the competition robot.
  • Controls has finished the troubleshooting for the protoboard, which is now working. They have started planning the actual control board and salvaging old parts to make it.
  • Programming has finished the code for the teleoperated period. They have now started the code for the autonomous period.
  • Drive Team has been testing our drivers on the rules of the game to make sure that we will be well prepared for the coming competition season.
  • Safety gave a presentation this Saturday on Mind’s Eye.
  • Chairman’s has been working on the Chairman’s essay and our Woodie Flowers submission.
  • Field has finished the gear set board and made the airship safe to stand on. They are currently working on the gear lift.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has been working on our ranking system that will rank teams at competitions based on the statistics that we will have gathered.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

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