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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.

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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