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Competition Preperation

14 Days Since Bag-and-Tag / 15 Days un­til Wis­con­sin Re­gional / 29 Days un­til Seven Rivers Re­gional / 54 Days un­til De­troit Cham­pi­onship

Today, students from CORE traveled to Milwaukee School of Engineering, one of our sponsors. We went to promote FIRST and STEM to around 150 boy scouts. We encouraged students to engage by driving small VEX robots that we had constructed. We also taught the boy scouts about engineering concepts used on the past season’s robot by showing videos of it in action and letting the boy scouts touch and see the robot in real life.

The mechanical subteam has been very busy with building our second robot which we use for driver’s practice, improving the design of the robot, and improving the programming of the robot. The second robot is almost complete but it already has a drivetrain and lifting mechanism. The second robot has also given our programmers much needed time to complete code for autonomous and tele-op.

In addition to being apart of the MSOE STEM Fair, the media and business subteams are currently working on the judges booklet and chairman’s presentation. They are also putting together the chairman’s video for this year in addition to designing the t-shirt for this year’s competition.

CORE has many projects running and we are very excited to the near completion of most. We are also excited for our first competition, the Milwaukee Regional competition on March 21st through 23rd.

Sayonara Bag-and-Tag!

4 Days Since Bag-and-Tag / 25 Days un­til Wis­con­sin Re­gional / 39 Days un­til Seven Rivers Re­gional / 64 Days un­til De­troit Cham­pi­onship


Greetings and salutations! During the past four weeks CORE persevered to accomplish the bag-and-tag deadline. While Programming, Design, Controls and Mechanical fabricated the robot, the Business and Media subteams completed our award submission essays and are currently working on presentations and pit display data.

Meanwhile, Design is updating the drawings for the robot. Programming is working hard on the tele-op and autonomous code, Mechanical finished the drivetrain of the robot, and Controls completely wired the control board and mounted it on the robot. Media and Business are working on the Chairman’s presentation, judges book, and video for submission.

The Programming, Mechanical, Design, and Controls subteams have been putting in as many hours as the mentors will allow – over 25 hours a week for the past 2 weeks which ensured completion of the robot. While the robot was worked on, the Business and Media subteams documented the robot assembly. All in all, our team has been working like a well oiled machine.

Thank you for all the support this build season. Be sure to stop by next week for another blog post and check our Twitter for updates. Until then, have a great week and don’t forget to ‘power up’.

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.

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