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 »


ICC Scrimmage 2019!

Today the Daredevils have made their way to Grand Rapids, MN, to participate in Scrimmage Day at Itasca Community College (ICC). Sixteen teams have gathered to support and help one another, as well as test their robots on a makeshift field. This year, however, the Daredevils weren’t able to bring their own bot to the event due to missed work days when school was closed due to cold and snow. The fabrication side of the team stayed back to work on the bot, while the logistics side of the team attended the event. The Daredevils worked on scouting with the new scouting app that our own Kobi Jones created, and helped out other teams with programming and other robot issues.

The Daredevils were honored to receive the “Greatest Depth Award” for the most outreach and cooperation with the other teams attending. As relationships between the Daredevils and other teams grow, competitive spirit flaring to life, and Bag and Tag only 2 days away, teams are working hard to add the finishing touches to their bots before they have to pack them away.

Let’s get hooked on robotics!

Build Season 2019 Week 6!

Build Season has almost officially ended, and the fabrication department has been working hard to put the finishing touches on our robot to get it ready for Bag and Tag on February 19th. Logistics is still working hard with the Chairman’s award, Double DECC’er Flash, funding, and strategies for this year’s event.

The Daredevils will also be attending the annual ICC Scrimmage event on Sunday. There, teams from around the state will help each other with putting the last touches on their robot, along with competing against each other in mock matches. The Daredevils are feeling pretty confident in themselves and their bot this year. Kale Nelson, a senior on the the team, had this to say when asked about how well build season has gone this year, “The last week of build season has gone better than previous years, with the past two years being a sort of growing year for all of the departments, specifically CAD. We’re using our experiences to effectively complete out tasks this year.”

Let’s get hooked on robotics!

Maddy and Riley from Team Management hard at work.

Qasim and Kale from Build grinding metal.

Spencer, Simon, Elliot, and Kale discussing designs and what to do next!

Polar Vortex Freezes the Daredevils in Place

The Daredevils have been working extremely hard for the past 5 weeks to design, fabricate, and program their robot for this year’s event, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE.

Due to the 4 school closure days, the Daredevils will have to cancel their annual Open House, an event where the public gets to see the robot and hear about the strategy the team used to plan for this year’s game.  This is the first time that the Daredevils have needed to cancel their Open House. Lost work days didn’t allow the team enough time this year to complete their robot for public display.

The team will continue to work nights and weekends to finish their robot before the deadline on February 19th.

Build Season 2019 Week 5!

Mother Nature hit the Daredevils once more, landing them one more snow day. With the snow piling up, the Daredevils found themselves in a bind. Members of Media worked at home, focusing their efforts on the FLASH (a program that we’ll share at the Double DECC’er regional in Duluth, MN). Team Management continued to plan funding for trips, and our Awards committee fine-tuned our Chairman’s presentation, essay, and video. However, members of fabrication are starting to feel the time encroach on them. Some fabrication members feel like they’ll be ready, while others aren’t very sure. Spencer Olsen, a junior of the team and member of the build department had this to say when asked about how build season is going: “We’re doing pretty well. We’re starting to get a bit crunched on time, but we’re doing much better than last year.”

Even under the stress of lost time, fabrication has been working intensely to get the robot done by the end of build season. They’re making leaps and bounds in the production of the bot. Even though we’ve lost a couple of work days, nothing is stopping us from doing our best to succeed in all of our events.

Let’s get hooked on robotics!

Elliot from Electronics and Spencer from Build splicing wire.

Kylene, Safety Captain, and Daniel from Build drilling holes.

Lucas, Adam, and Hamza from Media going over jobs for the Media department.

Build Season 2019 Week 4!

The polar vortex left the Daredevils frozen in place, with a grand total of three dangerously cold days. The school was completely closed throughout these 3 days, leaving the fabrication department unable to work on the robot. Today, Friday, will have been the busiest night yet, with everyone working exceptionally hard to compensate for lost time. The robot body is being designed and cut out by the CNC machine and put together. Our Chairman’s award essay, summary and video are being fine-tuned.  The Daredevils are working intensely to make up for lost time and finish strong in the two weeks left!

Harley Wehseler, a freshman on the team, had this to say when asked about how build season is going. “It’s going pretty good, but you’re never really ready. That’s the challenge of build season.”

Let’s get hooked on robotics!

Kya and Harley working hard to finish up the FRC Journal and scheduling.

Tong getting dimensions on a VRM (Voltage Regulator Module).

Tobi and Jared discussing programming.

Build Season 2019 Week 3!

Three weeks down, 3 weeks to go! Build season is officially halfway done, and the Daredevils are extremely busy. Build is hard at work putting together the robot, prototyping different designs to use for the bot this year, and cutting out metals to use for the actual body of the robot. Everyone in programming is very busy with coding different aspects of the robot including vision tracking. CAD is even busier, with many projects going on at once to design crucial pieces of our bot. A certain group of people from the Logistics side of the team have also gotten together to create brand new Daredevils merchandise to hand out!

Linnea Frisk, captain of strategy, said this when asked about how competition season is going to go,”I think we’re going to do really great this year. I think everyone on the team is working really hard and we’re all super pumped for competition, and I think that it’s all going to be wonderful.”

Let’s get hooked on robotics!

Jacob and Sean of the CAD Department working hard.

Elliot and Graham of the Electronics Department building parts of the robot.

Linnea, Haley, and Anna working on the new Daredevil merchandise!

Simon and Jared cutting metal.

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!