Elvis is in the House!

After the Sussex Scrimmage, the team immediately began building a new competition robot that incorporated what we learned at the scrimmage, and now we would like to introduce our 2024 Crescendo bot, Elvis! 


Nuts and Bolts

We continue to improve the automation of the robot. This begins with the intake. It is triggered by a light gate made of an infrared transmitter and a receiver. When a game piece passes between them and breaks the infrared beam, it is detected by the sensor. Then the intake’s rollers are triggered, and a game piece, or “Note,” is collected. The Note passes from the intake, to the feeder rollers, to the shooter wheels. The shooter launches the Note at the target, which is called the Speaker. The accuracy of the shot depends on both the angle and the force of the shot. 


The Wisconsin Regional

The upcoming Wisconsin Regional will be our first opportunity to showcase Elvis, our newly built robot. There, we will compete against 53 other FIRST Robotics teams. In addition, our Business Team will make their Impact Award presentation, which highlights our team’s commitment to STEM throughout the community. 

The Wisconsin Regional will be held at the UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee, March 14-17. Qualifying rounds are all-day Saturday and Sunday morning. The playoffs and awards ceremony are Sunday, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. View the schedule for more information.

You can catch the event livestream at https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires, or better yet, come in person! You can visit our pit, see our bot, and watch exciting robot action!


Big Thanks! 

The entire team thanks Brookfield Central High School for donating a Lagun, which is a Bridgeport-style manual mill, and a Tormach P440 CNC mill, both of which are used to create and cut pieces for the robot’s assembly. 

The Bridgeport-style is a larger mill than we previously used, allowing us to make cuts on larger objects. It also has features like variable speeds and auto feed in x direction, allowing for more precise cutting. 

The Tormach P440 CNC mill allows us to do complex automated tool paths that can’t easily be accomplished on our manual machines, and it gives students an opportunity to learn how to use CAM software to program the Tormach machine. 


We have an Official Field! 

The Field Team had a busy week setting up our new AndyMark field, and it looks awesome! First, the team donated our old field carpet to a K12 robotics program in Waukesha. Then, it was time to roll out the new carpet! Finally, field walls and driver’s stations were assembled, followed by the addition of this year’s field elements, the Speaker, Amp, and Stage. We are so thankful to finally have a permanent place to test our prototypes and hold drive practice! 


You’re Invited! 

We are excited to announce that the Elmbrook School District will be hosting a Grand Opening for our new Robotics & Automation space at Brookfield East High School on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5-6pm! Please join us! Enter via Doors S2 or W2 on the southwest corner of the building. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 5:00, followed by an opportunity to see our new space/field and mingle with members of the team! The robot will be running, and sub-teams will share what they do! All are welcome!