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Waukesha West's Academic Decathlon team isn't the only team going to championships this month. CORE 2062, a little known science and technology team from all three Waukesha public high schools, leaves for nationals tomorrow to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. After successfully negotiating the obstacles at the Minnesota 10.000 Lakes Regionals, CORE 2062 hopes to steer their robot through the course, lift, score, kick... and win. The competition will be stiff: 500 robots from around the world. Good luck team!
Our robot this year, dubbed Cratus, is designed to lift and kick. Cratus is designed to be fast and maneuverable. In autonomous mode, we drive forward and kick one, two or three balls depending on our position. During teleoperated period, we kick balls away from opponents with our highly accurate kicker. We are able to score numerous goals and deliver balls to our alliance successfully. Once at the tower, we drop down a rod, thus touching the tower, back off a little, raise our arm, and lift ourselves. There are two bars on each side of our lift for other teams to grab onto and hang from. The lift has been tested to support 300 pounds plus itself. We also have the ability to hang from others as needed. This strategy gives the alliance at least two points for our hanging, more if others hang from us, and even more if we score a goal when kicking. Our robot makes a great addition to any alliance.