Duluth East Daredevils & Växjö Vikings from Sweden at Northern Lights Regional 2018!

Duluth East Daredevils & Växjö Vikings from Sweden at Northern Lights Regional 2018!

The Duluth East Daredevils and Viking Robotics from Växjö, Sweden came together in the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, MN! More »

Duluth East Daredevils Place 1st in the Minne Mini Regional!

Duluth East Daredevils Place 1st in the Minne Mini Regional!

The Duluth East Daredevils and their alliance partners work together to place first in the Minne Mini Regional! More »

Summer Lego Camp Registration is Now Open!

Summer Lego Camp Registration is Now Open!

Camps are June 24-28, 2019 and July 8-12, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. More »

 

Build Season 2019 Week 2!

Build Season Week 2 is coming to a close, and the Daredevils are working hard prototyping the robot and strategizing for this year’s game. We’ve finished building our wooden field elements and everyone in the fabrication side of the team is working late into the night, making sure our robot is ready to blast off into DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE. CAD especially, has been working extremely hard to create key aspects of our robot. Sean Hampton, a freshman on the CAD department, when asked about how build season is going, had this to say, “It’s going good. It’s rather busy, but it’s going well.”

Let’s get hooked on robotics!


Freshman Daniel working on field elements using a radial saw.

Programming Department, Jared, Tobi, Harper, and Ike working together to code the robot.

CAD Department, Jacob, Sean, and Anders designing parts for the bot.

Team Management – Riley working on Chairman’s and Madison updating the team budget.

Build Season 2019 Week 1!

Build season is starting off strong this year! The Daredevils are hard at work prototyping and creating strategies to use in this year’s game, Destination: Deep Space.
The fabrication side of the team has been busy with building field elements and using CAD (Computer Aided Design) and prototyping the design the team agreed upon at kickoff.
Strategy is figuring out the best strategy to win at the regional level. Simon Olsen, a sophomore on the team had this to say about build season: “We’ve been spending a lot of time on our strategy. We’ve had a lot of time to think about it and I think we’ll do very well this year.”
Chairman’s has also started to take off, with the essay draft and the video being worked on relentlessly.

Let’s all get hooked on robotics!


2019 Deep Space Kick-off Wrap Up!

What a day! The Duluth East Daredevils have been preparing the last month for the 9th annual FRC Kickoff 2019 event. The day started with the Daredevils arriving at 7:00 am at UMD’s Marshall Performing Arts Center to set up the livestream, presentation, soundboard, and make sure everything is running smoothly. This also gave time for the MC’s, Sunna Mujteba and Hamza Rushdi, to rehearse their script and for the other 23 teams joining the Daredevils to get their systems and seating arranged.

The presentation started off with thanking all of our sponsors, then a word from Marc Seigar, the Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. A video was presented by the Iron Mosquitos, showcasing all 24 teams attending Kickoff event, including the Iron Mosquitos from Babbitt, the Denfeld DNA, the Marshall School Topperbots, the Duluth East Daredevils, all from Duluth, as well as Rock Solid Robotics from Two Harbors. A word from Katherine Rasley discussing what a FIRST Robot Inspector looks for when they inspect teams at FRC events closed out the presentation  

 The teams at the event received an inspirational speech from Owen Cruikshank, a Rock Solid Robotics alumnus. He taught us how his experience with FRC robotics gave him valuable, lifelong skills such as interpersonal communication, stress management, goal setting, and problem solving. The Duluth East Daredevils presentation ended with 30 seconds until the FRC Kickoff 2019 broadcast, live from Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Regards to the game, the Daredevils spent the aftermath of Saturday strategizing their plan on how to play the 2019 FRC game, Destination: Deep Space. All the departments gathered to bring up different strategies and bring up ideas til they decide on their final strategy. As sophomore Skylar Wohling commented on the playing field “I think that it’s going to be like other years, there’s obviously different game pieces, different manipulators each team is gonna need, and then also what I think is interesting is the Sandstorm part of it, I think a lot of teams are probably going to end up putting, like, a camera on their robot vs. autonomously programming it.”

Let’s blast off into the 2019 FRC season!




Daredevils Host FIRST Robotics Deep Space Kickoff 2019!

On January 5th, 2019, the ninth annual Kickoff for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) game “Deep Space” will be held at Marshall  Performing Arts Center (MPAC) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), and hosted by the Daredevils.  Twenty-four teams from across Minnesota will be attending the event alongside the Daredevils. The MPAC space and facilities have been donated by UMD for the event. The live stream of the main event will start at 9:30 AM and end around 10:00 AM. The broadcast is at: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff-broadcast

The Daredevils are very excited to see what challenges the new game will bring!

 

RipSaw’s Visit With the Daredevils!

Today, RipSaw Robotics (Team 7797), from Cloquet, MN visited the Daredevils to learn the ropes and pick up a few tips and tricks on becoming a fully fledged FRC Team. The moment they came into the school, the rookie team headed straight for the Daredevils’ fabrication lab to get a full tour of the workshop that the Daredevils work in. RipSaw members talked to various departments on the Daredevils, including programming, build and CAD. We hope to see RipSaw again in the future and would like to thank them for visiting!

RipSaw Robotics Team Visit!

Team 7797, RipSaw Robotics, from the Cloquet high school, the Lumberjacks, are coming tomorrow to learn the ropes of becoming a robotics team. The Daredevils can’t wait to teach this rookie team all they know and have an amazing time getting to know one another!

IceStorm Pays a Visit to the Daredevils!

On Wednesday, December 5th, the Grand Marais FRC team #3054, IceStorm, visited Duluth East High School to learn from the Daredevils. They learned valuable skills with the Fabrication side of the team, such as learning to use a hack saw and replace wheels on the robot. With CAD, they learned the basic use of the SolidWorks program.

Simon, a sophomore on the team, says, “I feel they learned the basic knowledge of electronics and the control systems.” Another team member, Jared, a senior on the team, says, “There’s only so much they can do with the materials they have, and they came to us to gain the knowledge on how to use the materials to their greatest capacity.” Overall, the Daredevils felt they used their skills to help IceStorm team members increase their knowledge and expand their technical skills as they prepare to compete in the 2019 FIRST Robotics competition game “Deep Space.” 

 

ICC 2018 Wrap-Up!

On December 1st, 2018 the Duluth East Daredevils attended workshops focusing on STEM and robotics at Itasca Community College. The event is meant to be a learning and teaching experience, using seasoned teams to teach rookie teams the ins and outs of a robotics team. The Duluth East Daredevils were joined by Denfeld DNA and Two Harbors Rock Solid, and other teams in the surrounding area. We shared our knowledge with multiple teams using slide shows, lectures, and hands-on demonstrations.

The day started off with two 1 hour long morning sessions, the Daredevils hosting informational seminars about topics including media, electronics, team management, business planning, drive training, and more.

The afternoon consisted of one 2 hour long session with hands-on experiences, and another 2 hour session of a “round-table” discussion. The hands-on sessions consisted of basic electricity & troubleshooting, programming help, and using programs such as Solidworks and AutoCAD. The “round-table” discussion topics were team leadership, competition awards, media platforms, communication, and media platforms. The day ended at 3 pm, and the Daredevils departed home to Duluth.

ICC Workshop!

The Daredevils will be attending several workshops this Saturday, December 1st at Itasca Community College. Aside from the Daredevils, we will be joined by many teams, including Denfeld DNA and Two Harbors Rock Solid. All of the departments will be holding presentations at the event, we’re very eager to learn from other teams and share our knowledge and skills with others.

Minne Mini 2018 Wrap-Up!

The last event of the 2017-2018 season has just ended. The Daredevils woke up early to set off for Prior Lake High School for the annual event known as the Minne Mini, where the new team members had their first taste of an FRC event and the veteran team members get a chance to get back into the competition mindset. The day started off well, with members of the Daredevils attending workshops and preparing for the matches later in the day.

The day continued, and the Daredevils competed in the qualification matches. We won our first match with a score of 238 – 105. Despite occasional hiccups with the robot, the rest of the qualification matches went along smoothly, with the Daredevils winning all but two matches, ending the day as the 18th seeded robot.

As the last match ended, the alliance picking started. The Daredevils weren’t the first pick for any alliance, and were also not a second pick for 3 of the alliances. However, we were picked for the 1st alliance, along side team 1816, Green Machine, and team 2052, KnightKrawler. With that, the final matches of the regional took place. The 1st seed alliance took down the 4th seed alliance, which included the Marshall Topperbots, FRC team 4230, in the semi-finals with scores of 420 – 227 and 450 – 210. This secured a place for us in the final matches with the 3rd seed alliance.

In the finals the Daredevils alliance went up against the 3rd seed alliance composed of FUN Robotics (Team 6630), Warpspeed (Team 4239), and CIS (Team 4607). After a massive hiccup with the scoring system, the 1st seed alliance won with a score of 369 – 164 in the final match of the finals! Cheers erupted throughout the gymnasium as the finals scores were put up on the screen.

With a new drive team and robot, Alea, which is now retired, the Daredevils fought off rust from the summer and a robot that kept telling us she was tired, to win the championship. Our new members experienced their first ever FRC event, and our new drive team has experienced driving a bot during an event for the first time.  Now our sites are set to the new 2018-19 season and the game “Deep Space”. Kick Off is January 5th.