Category Archives: Build Season

Build Season Week 3

By the end of the third week of build season, the Duluth East Daredevils have been fabricating and prototyping robot parts, working on strategy for the game, and celebrating our “Sponsor Night”, where we give our sponsors tours of the fabrication center, and show them what we do on a typical day. Also, our programming department has been working on an exciting new project that will be revealed later on during the season!

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The team would like to give a special shout-out to Lily Bruno. Lily is a student at Lester Park Elementary, and she has been following the team for roughly five years. She was introduced to the team by previous mentor Elise Kutti and fell in love with robotics. From making bracelets to attending camps and events or giving us treats, Lily has shown constant support. As of late, she along with her sister Cora, and their friends Maddie and Norah Hall have been bringing in snacks for the team. Every time they bring in treats, they also tour our build room and check on the progress of our robot.

We’re honored to have such a dedicated young fan!


Pictured (left to right): Amanda Bruno, Norah Hall, Nathan Bruno, Cora Bruno, Lily Bruno, Maddie Hall (behind Lily), Ryan Cauchon


It’s… Alive! CNC Machine has been Repaired

We’re very happy to say our CNC machine is now up and running! Thanks to the CAD department for all their hard work in getting it functioning. Naturally, the first thing we cut is an outline of Lake Superior.

Team Fundraiser on February 27th

The team will be having a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings! Join us on February 27 for food, fun, and trivia.

Recycle Rush in Action

We departed from Duluth Sunday morning and made our way to Itasca Community College (ICC) which hosted the sixth annual FIRST Robotics Scrimmage. As the morning progressed, 17 other teams arrived for a day of fine-tuning, strategic planning, and helping other teams. When we arrived, we were greeted by the many teams working on their robots and getting ready to practice. The sound of working tools, setup, and falling totes filled the ICC gymnasium –along with the occasional noodle thawp.

The day really got started when teams began randomly entering and exiting the field, anxious to practice their techniques and get a better understanding of this year’s game. The field was quickly filled with robots stacking totes, recycling containers, and even the occasional pool noodle would get into the action.

After lunch, the teams started the real practice matches to get the feel of how the game will run at actual competition events with short times and strict rules. In this time, the teams tried their hardest to score points by stacking totes and collecting “litter”. The Daredevils took as many chances out on the field as we could in order to perfect or improve the techniques that we created for competition. We worked as hard as possible to learn to work together with the other teams on the alliance. Being compatible with the other teams on an alliance is very important because the hard work that each team does is necessary if you want to sore points and have a good game. Even in doubt, there were always team members cheering on the ones who needed it the most. After the day’s activities, the teams were awarded prizes for their hard work and cooperation. The Daredevils were awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award for being helpful to other teams.

After awards, the teams remaining were able to continue to practice informally for another hour. The Daredevils and all teams involved are very grateful for Kim Damiani and ICC for hosting, and continuing to host, this event. There was even more action this year with more robots on the field for a greater period of time.

It’s on to the Double DECCer Regionals, February 27 and 28, for the Northern Lights Regional!

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2015 FRC Game Announced!

RecycleRushKickoff is over and the new game has been announced! This year’s game is called “Recycle Rush”, in which robots must carry and stack plastic crates called “totes”, and optionally cap those stacks with large recycling canisters for more points. The change portion of the game involves making padded robot bumpers optional, after having been a required element for about seven years.

The field itself contains four ramps, or scoring platforms, and is divided into three zones on each side; the “Landfill” Zone in the center, moving outwards to the Auto and Standard Zones. The Landfill Zone contains a plethora of totes, both upright and upside-down. Green pool noodles, entered onto the field by human-players, play the part of “litter”, and litter points vary based on each ones position on the field: either placed inside the canisters, or in the opposite Landfill Zone. In the very middle of the field is a divider called the “step”, which contains a small platform where robots from opposite alliances –and therefore opposite sides of the field– can achieve “Coopertition” points by working together to stack yellow totes.

The Daredevils have been planning all day to come up with our design for the next six weeks, however we will continue to post on our social media. As always, no robot photos will be available until after Bag and Tag (just to be safe). We can’t wait to see the designs and strategies at upcoming competitions!

2014 Daredevils Open House

On Thursday, February 13, from 6-8 p.m., we will be hosting our annual Open House in the East Library/Media Center. The event will begin with an overview of this year’s game, Aerial Assist, presented by some of our team members, and afterwards, we will have our past robots on display. Then, in the mezzanine, we will be unveiling and demonstrating this year’s new robot around 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.

6:00 p.m., refreshments in the library
Overview of Aerial Assist
Move to the mezzanine and view past robots
Around 6:45 – 7:15 p.m., unveiling of our new robot, name reveal, and a demonstration

You won’t want to miss this, we hope to see you there!

Daredevils Honored by Al Franken’s Visit

Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Senator Al Franken visited us at Archer Racing to see our team, robots, and where our fabrication team works. We showed him the exciting progress on our new robot, followed by our team Co-Captain, Anna, demonstrating our award-winning robot, Arcana. We were also honored to have the opportunity to ask Al Franken questions and have a group photo with him.  Senator Franken pointed out to the press that robotics has grown to the point where there are more robotics teams than varsity boys’ hockey teams in the state of MN. Senator Franken expressed that teams like the Daredevils prepare students for their careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts as well as other closely related fields that students are introduced to as a part of FIRST Robotics. We are honored that Senator Franken took the time to  visit our team here in Duluth, MN, and come out to Archer Racing.

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2013 Robot: Arcana

Last Tuesday was the official end of the 2013 Build Season, the much-feared day known as “Bag and Tag”, as all FRC teams must package completed robots for transport by the end of the day. The product of our past six weeks, Arcana, can be seen in action below.

Defined as “specialized knowledge or detail that is mysterious to the average person” or “a deep secret” (via, the Daredevils chose the name “Arcana” due to its relationship to FIRST Robotics: in many ways, the skills we learn in building our robot and our team are specialized and mysterious to laymen. In a nod to the hyper-security of early Build Season, where robot plans are a highly guarded secret, Arcana also seems an apt choice. (Older readers may also remember an Arcana Transformer, but that’s just icing on the cake.)

This year, the Daredevils will be competing in the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, MN and the Midwest Regional in Chicago, IL. Contact us here, or at, for more information. Good luck and go teams!

Open House


The Daredevils had their Open House on Wednesday, February 13, at Duluth East where they unveiled their new robot, Arcana, to the community. Arcana means “specialized knowledge or detail that is mysterious to the average person.” Arcana also refers to a transformer called Arcana.

Before the official Open House, the media outletsRobot_yr_book from Duluth were given a prequel to the new robot, its features, and its abilities. The public event began at 6:30 PM when the Strategy Department gave their presentation explaining Ultimate Ascent and its rules. After the presentation, visitors were directed to the mezzanine. There, Arcana waited, covered by a giant red cloth donated by one of our biggest fans, “Grandma 2512”, Judy. Our Coach, Tim Velner, and Duluth East’s principal, Mrs. Knapp, talked about how proud they were to be part of the Daredevils and the accomplishments that this team has made. Captain Kirsi explained this year’s robot construction in greater detail. Archie unveiled Arcana, who then demonstrated his Frisbee shooting ability, his fold up elevator, and his revolutionary drive train.