Wisconsin Regional 2013  3.21- 3.23

At the competition in Milwaukee on March 21-23, C.O.R.E. 2062 made it to the semi-finals. After starting off alliance selection in the 10th seed, we eventually joined ranks with the 6th seeded alliance captain team 1259, paradigm shift and team 2574, Robohuskies. 1259’s climber and 2574’s fantastic shooter led to an awesome finish in the Semi-finals. In addition, Haley Bates was honored to become a FIRST Dean’s List Finalist, an award given at each regional to one student who was recommended by their mentors for excellence on the team. We won the Judges Award, which recognizes greatness of the team overall. It shows distinction in categories such as Safety, Outreach, and Gracious Professionalism. Our performance at Milwaukee is attributed to the diligent fixing of mechanical problems, dedicated drivers, careful scouting, and well-versed chairmen’s representatives. Our competition spirit will continue on to the FIRST championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23-26.

Lake Superior Regional 2013 3.7- 3.9

C.O.R.E. recently attended the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, MN and has come back with some very exciting news! With help from team 2052 (Knightkrawler) and 4011 (Pi Robotics) we won the regional, which gets us to Internationals! Our team had fantastic offense, scoring over 100 points on just about every match against other high-scoring alliances. Our seventh-seeded alliance had a very worthy opponent in the high-scoring eighth-seeded alliance of team 3276 (NSR), 3277 (ProDigi), and 4539 (KAOTIC Robotics). We also won the UL Industrial Safety Award, adding to our safety accomplishments! Finally, after winning the regional, we faced off against the Northern Lights winners, who were just on the other side of the arena in a match for the Duluth FIRST champion! We emerged victorious against the fantastic alliance of 2169 (KING TeC)3061 (Huskie Robotics), and team 525 (Swartdogs) in a very close 116-113 match. This was a fantastic regional for C.O.R.E. and we are excited for Milwaukee!

Rockwell Engineering Week 2013 2.20

As part of Rockwell Automation’s engineering week, Rockwell Automation had a day for the organizations that they sponsor as well as for their employees to show off their patents. On February 20, C.O.R.E. attended and had the opportunity to present about FIRST to Rockwell’s employees and employee families. Team members showed off our robot from Rebound Rumble, last year’s game, and even explained it in detail to some technically enthusiastic employees. With there being a FLL and a FTC team in attendance all of FIRST was represented. The dinner at the event was great and there were even some activities for kids. It was fun to attend.

Kickoff 2013 1.5.13

C.O.R.E. 2062 attended the 2013 kickoff on January 5 with anticipation in our hearts! Who wouldn’t be excited for the unveiling of an epic new playing field as well as the fabulous rule book? The pyramid intrigued us as well as the idea of shooting Frisbees into the goals. Needless to say, that day we were avidly discussing the various aspects of the game and the best strategies to use. It took a while, but we made great progress in this area. We are looking forward to setting our ideas into motion throughout the upcoming season.

LEGO League Tournament 11.12.12

On November 12th, C.O.R.E. held a FIRST LEGO League tournament at Waukesha West! Over 35 teams showed up to compete. There were many amazing projects and creations for the judges to revel in and comment on. The highest score of these creations got over 400 points! Even the non-robotics related parts were great! We ran a very successful concessions stand, and had a DJ rocking the tournament all the time! Overall, much fun was had by all, and we would love to do this again!

VEX Tournament 11.03.12

On Saturday November 3rd, 2012, C.O.R.E. volunteered and competed in the high school VEX tournament. There was a lot of excitement in the elimination rounds, as team number 1200B, who made a huge comeback in the very end to overcome a point deficit. Rookie members of C.O.R.E. competed at the tournament also. Although the C.O.R.E. VEX team was not on a winning alliance, all participants gave a great effort with many making it into the quarterfinals and semifinals. One of our teams (2062E) made it as far as the final rounds. In the end, all competitors had a great time. Congratulations to Appleton 1200B for qualifying for World Competition! Keeping up with C.O.R.E. values, we made sure that everyone in the pit area were wearing safety glasses, both enforcing safety and creating good safety habits for the future. Staffing went so smoothly that we are thinking of hosting another VEX tournament next year!

How To Train Your Dragon at MSOE 10.25.12

By way of invitation from MSOE, C.O.R.E. swooped into the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular! After a pizza dinner and a technology presentation by MSOE, 34 lucky mentors, parents, and students went to go see an anamatronic version of DreamWorks’ popular animated film. Thirteen different dragons soared across the stage in this family-friendly show. Some of these marvels had a wingspan of 46 feet! All in all, this was a very fun experience for the team, and we would be happy to go see it again! Thanks to MSOE for inviting us!

Rockwell Automation Employee Appreciation Day 08.30.12

On August 30th, C.O.R.E. 2062 participated in the Rockwell Automation Employee Appreciation Day. In this event, we went to the Rockwell Automation Headquarters to demonstrate our robot and show one of our sponsors what we’ve been up to. Six members went along and drove around the robot, talked to Rockwell employees, and learned more about different engineering careers. This was a fun, enlightening experience for C.O.R.E. and we would be happy to do it again!

Wisconsin State Fair 08.06.12-08.08.12

C.O.R.E. was recently at the Wisconsin State Fair! On August 6-8, we helped with a multitude of events. On the first two days, four members helped run a LEGO Mindstorm/VEX competition as a part of 4-H. On the third day, eight members gave demonstrations of VEX, FRC, LEGO, and Parralax robots. These members also gave a presentation about the build season and FIRST in general. C.O.R.E.’s values came through as we also assisted in other fair-goer’s booths.

Waukesha County Fair 07.21.12 & 07.22.12

C.O.R.E. recently attended the Waukesha County Fair! On July 21st and 22nd,  we took roughly over 15 members to the fair.  We presented information about FIRST programs and other robotic programs to fair-goers. We demonstrated our FRC robot at the fair and let fair-goers drive our VEX robots around.  We gave kids and adults the chance to experience robotics on a personal level.  They were able to drive three different types of robots from FLL(First Lego League), Vex, and FRC (First Robotic Competition).  Our students took what they learned about FIRST at the meetings and spread the word to our community.  Students were surprised and overwhelmed that so many kids have never even  seen a robot.  It was a joy to see the kids drive the little FLL and Vex robots and then awesome to see their jaws drop when they saw the FRC robot.

Feed the Kids 07.14.12

On June 14th, C.O.R.E. 2062 went to the Salvation Army to prepare and assemble lunches for the program Feed the Kids. We then went to a local park, and helped distribute the sack lunches to students in need. We served over 110 healthy lunches to students who were not in school, and therefore not able to receive free or reduced lunch.

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