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!