Build Season End of Week 3 Update

24 Days un­til Bag-and-Tag / 53 Days un­til Wis­con­sin Re­gional / 67 Days un­til Seven Rivers Re­gional / 94 Days un­til De­troit Cham­pi­onship

 

Greetings and Salutations! This week CORE has been working hard on award submissions and a new drive train. The behind-the-scenes sub teams Business and Media were in the back typing up the Chairman’s, Woodie Flowers, and Entrepreneurship award submissions. These essays are highly important awards for CORE. The most prestigious award, the Chairman’s essay, can bring our team all the way to the championships in Detroit.

All the other sub teams are working on parts of the robot. Mechanical is Creating our scoring mechanism, drivetrain, and chassis. Design just sent the drawings of the drivetrain and chassis to Mechanical and are now working on the scoring mechanism. Controls is creating a draft of the control board and getting components from older robots. Programming is updating the control board, coding the drivetrain, and building sample robot code.

The Team has put a lot of effort into our work this last week with our drawings, drivetrain, chassis, control board, code and award essays and we’re excited to share our hard work with the community. If you’d like to stay up to date with CORE check out our Twitter, and be sure to check back here for weekly updates. Until then, be sure to stay ‘powered up!’

Build Season End of Week 2 Update

31 Days until Bag-and-Tag / 60 Days until Wisconsin Regional / 74 Days until Seven Rivers Regional / 101 Days until Detroit Championship

 

Greetings and salutations! This week is midterms week for our school district, so even though we’ve been studying hard, CORE members have still managed to get robotics things done. On Tuesday, we finalized our robot design, and the design team got to work getting the blueprints to Mechanical. Mechanical received a shipment of parts from one of our sponsors (Thanks, Fastenal!), and started building the first parts that we have designs for. Controls has been salvaging parts from older robots to prepare for this year’s control board. Programming has been prepping computers and code, Design has been hard at work designing, and Media and Business are working on award submissions. Along with all of this some members have been recreating field elements for this year’s POWER UP challenge.

When asked about his thoughts on writing the Chairman’s essay, CORE rookie Isaiah said, “As a freshman, writing the chairman’s essay teaches me the CORE values and more about what the team does.” Sakshi, another rookie working on the chairman’s essay had this to say, “Working on the chairman’s essay gives me an opportunity to have a say in an important part of our competitions.”

This past week we’ve been busy with finals, but we’ve been keeping occupied with CORE. If you want to stay up to date with CORE be sure to check back here next week. Also don’t forget to check our Twitter for updates. Until then, have a great week!

Build Season End of Week 1 Update

38 Days until Bag-and-Tag / 67 Days until Wisconsin Regional / 81 Days until Seven Rivers Regional / 108 Days until Detroit Championship

 

Hello! Kickoff was one week ago, and our team is powered up and ready for the season. Throughout the past week, we have been in consensus. For those of you that are unfamiliar with our process, here’s a quick explanation. On the kickoff day, we watched the livestream. After quickly discussing initial reactions, everyone read the whole game manual, so that we can all be fluent in the rules of the game. Then, people broke off into groups to start discussing their ideal strategies and what they thought would win the game. We had Sunday off, and on Monday we convened to discuss strategies and which drivetrain we would do. That discussion lasted into Tuesday, and once it was settled, we got to work prototyping different ideas for intakes, lifts, and other parts of the robot. The groups have been working all week on different ideas, and on Tuesday we will present them to the full team and vote on which ones we want to add to our final design. As for members who don’t work on the robot, we are busy writing the awards submissions, planning algorithms for scouting, updating the website, and building a full-scale wooden version of the field for practicing. We have had a very productive past week, and even though there are finals next week, we hope to replicate that. Until then, have a great week and keep checking this page, as well as our Twitter for updates.

FRC Predictions

If you’ve been on our Twitter lately, you know that there are only 3 days left until the kickoff of the 2018 FRC game, FIRST POWER UP. We are excited for this game, so to commemorate this event, and to have a little fun before the season starts, we asked various members of our team what they thought this year’s game will entail. Here are a few of their responses:

 

Tim, a veteran member of the Controls subteam: “a climbing game, with pyramid-like stars and possibly shooting”

 

Aidan, a rookie member of Programming: “pick up coins and score them”

 

Diego, a rookie member of Programming: “Like a Pac-Man maze, with collecting power pellets or ghosts for points”

 

James, the safety captain, and Julia, a veteran member of Programming: “stair-climbing”

 

Avery, the Mechanical lead: “general old-school games, not anything specific, with a person on the field”

 

Mr. Dickinson, a Mechanical mentor: “a disc of some sort, like a coin, that would enable something. Possibly a change in elevation or a stair climbing, maybe a ladder”

 

Mr. Carroll, a Business Mentor: “Like Donkey Kong”

 

Mr. Farrell, the Lead Mentor: “Launching something, possibly a mini-bot or tennis balls that a Pac-Man-like thing can ‘gobble up’”

 

Mr. Davis, a Business Mentor: “will include a little robot that has to get to a certain level before you can ‘power up’ and use your big robot for the game”

 

Mrs. Davis, a Business Mentor: “Like Pac-Man, with a robot going around and ‘eating’ balls from the field”
We had fun making these guesses, and whether they turn out to be right or not, we know we’ll have fun building our robot when we learn about the game at kickoff on the 6th. Until then, have a great week and keep checking this page, as well as our Twitter for updates.

31 Days Until Kickoff!

Greetings and salutations! As of today, there are only 31 days until kickoff! The year is starting to power up, and we are in full gear to get the team ready for the upcoming season. Funding-wise, we have gotten a good start. As of today, we have obtained about 36% of our fundraising goals. If you have already sponsored us this year, we thank you and welcome you to the team. If you have not yet become a sponsor, please consider it! We depend on people like you, and we’d love to have your help. If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship, please click here. Another major pre-season effort that is happening on our team is safety training. Every year, we safety train all of our members, so that we can be a well-functioning team and continue our tradition of excellence in safety. Right now, slightly more than half of the team is safety trained, and the other half is in the process. The third and perhaps largest pre-season event that we are involved in is the FLL sectional that we host every year. We’re excited for this event, and we are expecting our largest turnout ever. There will be 48 teams competing, who have qualified by being in the top 30% of teams at their regionals. If you would like to support our team and the local FLL teams, please consider attending. It will be held Sunday, December 10th, from 8:00 AM to about 6:00 PM in the fieldhouse at Waukesha West High School. We’ve gotten a lot done so far this year, and we hope to get more done in the future. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

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.

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