VEX Middle School & High School Tournament 11/8/2014-11/9/2014

On November 8-9, 2014, C.O.R.E. 2062 hosted a VEX Tournament for high school students at Waukesha South High School. This year’s game is called Skyrise. After getting the teams’ robots inspected and measured, the competition finally started at about nine a.m. The gym was filled with excitement as people cheered on their favorite teams. Throughout the entire day, students were making quick fixes on their VEX robots due to the wear and tear of matches. The robots ranged from being very simple to complex. It was a day full of highs and lows as people won matches and robots broke and teams won awards. C.O.R.E. queued the teams for matches and refereed. At the end of the day everyone was exhausted but happy with how the day went.

Marquette Concessions – 11/21/14-11/23/14
As a duel fundraising and volunteering event, CORE 2062 provided the concessions for an FLL tournament held at Marquette. It was really fun to see all of the excited students ready for their competition. We hope that everyone who attended enjoyed our concession stands, and we thank them for supporting our team!

Christmas Clearing Council – 12/13/14
We volunteered with the Christmas Clearing Council to help distribute toys, books, and warm clothes to less fortunate families during the christmas season. We were assigned a few children, and from their ages got to pick out plethora of gifts to suit their needs, and make their faces light up. It was an incredibly awarding experience and we hope to do it again next year.

Wisconsin Regional – 3/19/15-3/21/15
Going into elimination rounds of this competition, our alliance members were team 2826 “Wave” and team 2530 “Inconceivable”. Our alliance was able to score 216 points, the highest all competition. Both our team and 2826 were able to consistently stack totes five to six high with a recycling container on top. Our other alliance member, 2530 was able to pull recycling containers off the step which allowed for both us and our team member to continuously receive bins. This helped us win the competition and in addition, our team also won the UL Safety award along with our safety captain being awarded Star of the Day.

Midwest Regional – 4/1/15-4/4/15
Last regional, CORE 2062 was proud to announce that we had won the Wisconsin regional. This week, we had even better news: the unprecedented winning of a second regional in a single competition season. After competing in the Midwest regional, we came home with yet another gold medal. This achievement was a first in the nine years we have competed in FRC. In addition, we won a second UL Industrial Safety Award, Safest Pit, Innovation in Controls and six peer awards from various other teams at the regional!

Championships – 4/22/15-4/25/15
After months of hard work, CORE finally went to Championships! Six hundred teams representing 46 states and 11 countries attended this championship event. CORE was thrilled to represent Waukesha and compete with this elite group of teams. We made it to the quarterfinals in our division, placing eighth out of over seventy teams from around the world. In addition we were 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!

Rockwell Days – 2/24/15 & 2/26/15
A few students were invited to go to Rockwell Automation for engineering week. There, we introduced employees to FRC by presenting last year’s robot and also discussed the challenge and competition. As we drove around Hermes, our robot, visitors asked questions about our team. A few even drove and played catch with Hermes! At the presentation, students learned about the importance of professionalism skills. They got a chance to relate their knowledge to professional engineers. Employees were impressed by the amount of knowledge we had on our robot’s complicated machinery as well as our ability to build a robot in under six weeks. During the visit we also met the CEO of Rockwell who had heard about the event and wanted to meet our team.

MPTV Auction – 5/2/15
At this volunteering opportunity, students were able to to help an­swer phones and sub­mit bids. Others went on TV and showed off items for sale. It was a great experience and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Hillcrest – 5/12/15
CORE at­tended the an­nual Hill­crest Ice Cream So­cial and demon­strated two dif­fer­ent FRC ro­bots, as well as sev­eral VEX bots. The kids from Hill­crest all had a great time com­plet­ing chal­lenges and learn­ing the con­trols for both types of ro­bots. In ad­di­tion, CORE mem­bers had fun ex­plain­ing what ro­bot­ics is and in­ter­act­ing with the younger stu­dents. It is al­ways amaz­ing to see the awe on a child’s face and be re­minded of just how ex­tra­or­di­nary what we do re­ally is.

Bright Lights – 5/13/15
This week as we spoke at a Bright Lights pre­sen­ta­tion for the school board, telling them about CORE and ro­bot­ics. The three CORE pre­sen­ters gave a 10 minute speech which de­scribed not only what our team has done this sea­son, but also the or­ga­ni­za­tion through which we com­pete (FIRST), our com­mu­nity im­pact, and our mis­sion. In ad­di­tion, these pre­sen­ters were sup­ported by sev­eral other mem­bers and men­tors who all came to watch and help an­swer ques­tions. Over­all, the pre­sen­ta­tion went in­cred­i­bly well. The board mem­bers all re­acted pos­i­tively and gave a va­ri­ety of in­sight­ful com­ments. In ad­di­tion, the meet­ing was broad­cast through­out Wauke­sha, mak­ing it an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to spread aware­ness about our team.

Blair Flair – 5/21/15
CORE demon­strated the ro­bot at the Blair Flair event, which cel­e­brated the 125th an­niver­sary of Blair el­e­men­tary school. We brought out our 2014 ro­bot Her­mes for play­ing catch as well as showed off this year’s ro­bot, Gaia. Along with our FRC ro­bots we also had our VEX ro­bots out for stu­dents to drive.

STEM for Girls – 5/28/15
This was the sec­ond event of the off-sea­son. There, we showed off our 2014 ro­bot Her­mes and this year’s ro­bot Gaia at the an­nual STEM For Girls event. STEM For Girls brings in el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school girls who are in­ter­ested in the STEM field and al­lows them to fur­ther ex­plore their in­ter­ests through demon­stra­tions. CORE 2062 was a main at­trac­tion as we demon­strated our Her­mes ro­bot from last year. We hope to do STEM For Girls again next year to get girls and new mem­bers in­ter­ested in join­ing FRC and other FIRST pro­grams.

STEM – 5/28/15
Six CORE mem­bers went to the Saratoga STEM Acad­emy to talk to mid­dle school stu­dents and dis­cuss some of their ar­eas of ex­per­tise. In the hour long ses­sion, STEM stu­dents were en­cour­aged to talk with every­one from CORE to get de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions of what we do. Whereas many of our demon­stra­tions fo­cus upon giv­ing stu­dents ba­sic ex­po­sure to ro­bot­ics and in­spir­ing them to con­sider STEM fields, this demon­stra­tion was unique in that we had time to an­swer more de­tailed ques­tions. CORE mem­bers had a great time talk­ing about com­plex en­gi­neer­ing processes with these mo­ti­vated, and highly in­tel­li­gent stu­dents. We look for­ward to hope­fully see­ing some of them on our team in the fu­ture!

Metal Parts Tour – 6/2/15
Waukesha Metal Parts is a company that creates various metal components to machines that other corporations would need to create or be part of their product. Our students were able to experience the steps used to make these pieces and the machinery required to make them. It was interesting to see what happens behind the scenes at buildings such as these and we would like to come back in the future with new team members.

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