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Nearing Detroit!

3… 2… 1… LEGO!!! Recently, CORE traveled to Grafton where we demonstrated our robot at the Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo. Jr. FLL is for students aged 5-9. Teams research a topic and to demonstrate what they learned through building a model that includes motors and presenting to judges.

Elsewhere, CORE’s drive team traveled to Riverside high school in Milwaukee. By practicing defense with three other teams on a full sized field, their skills were sharpened.

Meanwhile, this past week has been fairly eventful as CORE is getting ready for the World Championships in Detroit.  

  • Mechanical: Worked on the new prototype and our old cargo manipulator.
  • Controls: Received and tested 6 new batteries.
  • Programming: Tested autonomous line following and overall autonomous function.
  • Outreach: Practiced the Chairman’s presentation and made another 1,000 buttons for world, and now has 2,500 out of our 3,000 goal.

Watch our matches online while we compete between Wednesday, April 24 – Saturday, April 27. Follow us on Twitter to find out what Division we are in. (Be sure to watch the Detroit competition, not the one in Houston.)

If you would like to follow our journey, check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. That’s all folks!

Milwaukee Recap and Preparation for Detroit

Bonjour mes amis! Last week was the Milwaukee Regional Competition. Our team achieved a 12th place ranking after our qualifying matches and were the 1st selection of the 5th seed alliance. We were eliminated during the quarterfinals, but received runner up for the safety award. CORE met our goal of performing over 200 safety demonstrations to other teams at the tournament.

The FIRST Championships in Detroit is fast approaching, and our competition robot has been shipped safely in preparation for the tournament.

  • Mechanical: Improved the practice robot.
  • Controls: Wired a line sensor for the practice robot.
  • Programming: Worked on autonomous code.
  • Safety: Created a schedule for safety demonstrations at Detroit.
  • Outreach: Added pictures of the Milwaukee Regional Competition to the photo gallery and applied for grant

Until then, CORE continues to support STEM in our community by volunteering at outreach events for younger robotics teams, while preparing for our own competition in Detroit. We will continue to provide updates on our progress in our weekly blog posts.

If you would like to follow CORE’s , take a look at our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Off to Milwaukee!

Greetings and salutations! As you may know, CORE won the Chairman’s award at the Midwest Regional. As the excitement gradually declines from that historic event, team members have been working tirelessly.

On the 27th of March, CORE will be heading off to Milwaukee to compete at the Milwaukee Regional held in the panther arena. If you would like to see us compete, the event is free and will be held March 29th and March 30th from 8am to 5pm.

  • Mechanical: Designed a new manipulator, and steel bar fabrication for lift stability.
  • Controls: Built new parts and editing our pack list.
  • Programming: Continued work on LEDs, vision, and autonomous routines.
  • Drivers: Continued practice with robot in a match-like atmosphere.
  • Outreach: Refined the Chairman’s presentation and produced over 500 buttons.

Until then, CORE is refining our presentations for judges and improving our robot in preparation for the Wisconsin Regional, and for the World Championship in Detroit. We will continue to provide updates on our progress in our weekly blog posts.

If you would like to follow CORE’s , take a look at our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Competition Season: Midwest Regional Recap and Milwaukee Regional Preparation

Happy Pi Day! Last weekend March 8-9, CORE competed in the Midwest Regional at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago. Our team advanced to finals with our alliance winning second place; more importantly, we won the esteemed Chairman’s Award for the first time in CORE’s 13 year history qualifying us for FIRST Championship. “The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST® Robotics Competition. The award recognizes a team that reflects sustained excellence and impact within the FIRST community, in its own community, and beyond.”

In preparation for the upcoming Milwaukee Regional on March 28-30 at the Milwaukee Panther Arena, subteams are actively refining our practice robot. The Programming subteam is improving the Waypoint Follower, and Mechanical has replaced the hatch manipulators. Scoutagy is troubleshooting problems with the comment section on match reports, enabling our team to create access details about future alliance partners and opponents. Controls rewired the practice robot and the Safety subteam has updated the injury report documents.

The Outreach subteam has given tours to the WEPA Governance Board, published a press release (which you can find here), and sent a letter to our sponsors, telling them about our accomplishment. (Winning the Chairman’s Award!)

Until then, CORE is refining our presentations for judges and improving our robot in preparation for the Wisconsin Regional, and for the World Championship in Detroit. We will continue to provide updates on our progress in our weekly blog posts.

If you would like to stay even more informed about CORE, take a look at our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Build Season: Week 6

Greetings and Salutations! With only 3 days until bag day, subteams are “in crunch mode”. Bag day is the day when all work on the competition robot needs to be done and the robot is packed for competition. With the extreme weather causing school cancellations, CORE has missed meeting times. Due to this and the limited time until bag day, we are scheduling additional meetings.

Last Saturday, members of the Outreach subteam traveled to Milwaukee for the annual MSOE Cub Scout STEM Fair. We taught Cub Scouts how to cut, strip, and crimp wire. With these skills, they were able to make their own bracelets to take home. Outreach subteam also submitted the Chairman’s Essay and Woodie Flowers Essay and worked on the Chairman’s video.

While fabricating the robot, the Mechanical subteam has encountered some problems with the robot. Using problem solving skills, they fixed the problems and continued their work.

The Controls subteam remade the control board to better fit in the available space. They also tested ultrasonic, which brought them reliable test data which they may use on the robot. The Programming subteam helped Controls test the ultrasonic, worked on autonomous actions, and updated their web dashboard.

The Field subteam has completely finished the field and are now working on other tasks, such as robot bumper design, or rejoining their original subteams.
Well, that about wraps up all that is happening on CORE 2062. If you want to keep up with CORE 2062 even more, you can check out our twitter, facebook, and instagram.

Build Season: Week 5

Hola mis amigos! Welcome to build season week 5! Last week, we missed multiple meetings due to extreme weather conditions closing schools (-50° wind chill, thanks Wisconsin), so we are working to revise our schedule to make up for lost time.

Outreach has been working on our Chairman’s award, which requires an essay, 13 questions, a video, and a presentation. The Woodie Flowers nomination, which is an award given to a mentor selected by the team, is being finalized.

Mechanical and Design accomplished a lot in the past week! Design finished designing the manipulators and Mechanical finished the chassis, continued work on the lift for the robot, and began manufacturing the manipulators.

Programming tested the drivetrain code, and is working on code for the “sandstorm” part of the competition. Controls has been using AutoCAD electrical to design their control board and is also in the process of building it.Thanks for checking out our blog post. Be sure to check out our Twitter and Instagram and check us out again next week. Until then, have a great week!

Build Season: Week 3

Greetings! This is our third week into the build season of DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE and anticipations are rising. CORE is very excited about the competition this year and if you’d like to get to know the game better, you can view the game animation video.

This week, subteams that deal with the robot, have been finalizing their ideas for how to pick up both the cargo and hatches. Specifically, the mechanical subteam has been designing the robot. Currently, they are finished with the chassis of the robot. They have also been working on cutting pieces, designing the intake process for the hatches, and designing the lift.

As for the controls subteam, they have been keeping busy while trying to figure out how they want the robot to function this year. They also tested batteries, video capturing systems, and discussed the space they want for the control board. Controls is also planning how the board will look and are hopefully finalizing the design soon.

Programming is trying to work on this years code for the robot. Controls is trying to fix the programming library and created outlines for code for the manipulators. They are also trying to figure out how they will connect a camera for added assistance during the game and sandstorm period.

Safety has been working on finishing the safety manual and doing general inspections of the building. In the outreach subteam, we have been working hard on meeting our deadlines. We have three essays that need to be submitted before February 27th. We have completed the first draft of questions needed for an essay and our poster for the Midwest Regional.
Overall, CORE is very excited and confident for this years season. Please, follow our twitter and facebook. Until next time, have a good week!

Build Season: Week 2

Greetings! This is the second week of our build season and CORE is fired up. After deciding what our strategy was for DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, we had to decide how to execute what we wanted to do. If you would like more information about this year’s game, you can find it here.

This week, subteams have been prototyping to try and determine what the best way is to grab both the cargo and discs. Currently, any student who wanted to, was a part of a discussion to determine the best way to manipulate the game pieces. After a long debate process, we have determined how we are going to pick up the cargo. We have also decided what the manipulation system will be for the hatches.

As for other subteams, programming has been busy trying to organize their files and updating the software on the controllers. Mechanical rookies have also been tasked with finishing a half field for our robot to practice on. So far, they have finished all the levels of the climbing platforms and are currently working on finishing the rocket.

In the outreach subteam, we have been updating our outreach volunteer hours and digitized the data, created a survey to gather information for our essay, and sorted through photos. We have been busy especially with our essays: Chairmans, Entrepreneurship, and Woodie Flowers essay. The Chairman’s essay is “an essay that is representative of our team’s wider impact on our team members and our community,” says Siya Verma, the Business Sub-Lead. The Entrepreneurship essay is an essay that recaps both our spending and our fundraising amounts. Finally, the Woodie Flowers essay is a paper we write about a mentor who we see as an inspiration and leader

Excitement for the new game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, has been growing in CORE. We cannot wait for our upcoming tournament on March 7-9! Come follow CORE on Instagram and Twitter. Have a great week!

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’.

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