Category Archives: Off-Season Competition

Gitchi Gummi Get Together 2017

This Friday and Saturday, the 21st and 22nd of July, the Daredevils will be hosting the 4th annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together. This event is an off season competition for teams to try new drivers out, and get some competition practice over the summer. Qualifiers start at 2:00 on Friday, and end at 5:30 later that day, and competition will pick back up the on Saturday at 8:30, with finals spanning from 1:30 to 3:30, and awards wrapping up at 4:00. The competition is free and open to the public, and we would love to see you there!

For more information about this event, visit the Gitchi Gummi Get Together tab at the top of our page.

Minne Mania Wrap-Up

The Duluth East Daredevils Robotics team traveled to Prior Lake, Minnesota on November 21, 2015, to compete at an off season event hosted by KING TeC Team 2169. The day started at 4 am for the team, and a long 3 hour bus ride down to the cities. At about 8, the team reached Prior Lake High School and competed in the first match of the day. The Daredevils earned 20 points per match with a successful autonomous period and then added additional points by stacking storage totes and garbage cans.  The team members, mentors and fans showed their spirit by cheering as loud as possible.

Thirty-four teams from Minnesota and North Dakota participated in the Saturday event. By the end of the day, the Daredevils were placed fifth, and were chosen first by the first ranked King Tec Team 2169, and were joined by the Cybears, Team 4859, from Byron Minnesota. This alliance placed first at the off season competition against three other alliances in the final matches. The Daredevils won the Gracious Professionalism award and as a first place team.

The Minne Mini was created as a way for teams to play their old robots one last time as well as get ready for the upcoming season and to prepare the new members for the start of the new season. In that respect, the regional was a success for all teams that competed there.


Gitchi Gummi Comes to a Close

The second annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together concluded today with the Daredevils in second place after the qualifiers, and third place overall, along with Green Machine, Team 1816 of Edina, MN and Superior Roboworks, Team 857 of Houghton, MI.

First place went to the first seeded team; F.R.E.D, Team 2883 of Warroad, MN; KnightKrawler, Team 2052 of New Brighton, MN; and King TeC, Team 2169 of Prior Lake, MN. Second place went to the third seeded team; DNA, Team 4009 of Duluth, MN; The Fighting Calculators, Team 2175 of Woodbury, MN; and Tech-No-Tigers Team 3102 of Nevis, MN.

Altogether it was a fantastic competition, and we’d like to thank all of the teams and volunteers for coming together for this event. We also look forward to continuing to improve the competition into the future and hope to see you next year!

2015 Rule Changes

The 2015 Gitchi Gummi Get Together will be played similarly to regular Recycle Rush, but with a few rule changes.


  • There will be a simple safety inspection just to prevent any unsafe robots on the field.
  • The maximum weight limit will be increased to 125 lbs.
  • Alliances will be three against zero due to event size and to avoid teams having back-to-back matches.
  • Drive teams must switch according to the match schedule. Teams need to identify primary, and secondary drive teams. If teams do not have enough people to make two separate drive teams,  they must have their team members switch to different positions within the available drive team. The secondary drive team is not limited to the same four individuals for each match; any four team members may fulfill the positions on the secondary drive team.
  • Yellow totes can be stacked during all matches.
  • Noodles can be thrown throughout the entire match.
  • If a tote falls on the opposing side during co-op, no foul will be given if it was not intentional.

Alliance Selections

  • Three alliances of three teams each will be formed. 
  • The three alliance captains will be the top seeded teams after the qualifications rounds.
  • Alliance captains cannot pick another alliance captain.
  • Alliance Selection will start with the first alliance and work its way up to the third seed alliance. Then work back down to the first seed.
  • All final rounds will use the drive team of each team’s choice.
  • Each team will compete against the other once. The two teams with the highest qualification score will move on to the finals which will be determined by traditional wins and losses.

2015 Indiana Robotics Invitational

2512’s Match Schedule:

  • #8 (Red Alliance) 236-230, rank up
  • #14 (Blue Alliance) 134-132, rank down
  • #26 (Blue Alliance) 70-240, rank down
  • #38 (Blue Alliance) 166-186, rank up
  • #51 (Red Alliance) 146-262, rank down
  • #67 (Red Alliance) 245-272, rank up
  • #73 (Blue Alliance) 92-121, rank down
  • #88 (Blue Alliance) 294-140, rank up
  • #100 (Red Alliance) 170-152, rank down

Facing tough competition during our first appearance at the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), we ended the Qualification Matches seeded 60th but were not picked during the alliance selections. Even though the competition proved to be as challenging as we expected and then some, there were chances to interact with many friends, new and old, visit some stellar teams, and altogether have a great experience.

Indiana Robotics Invitational

The Duluth East Daredevils are excited to announce that we will be attending the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI) from July 17-18. This is an invite-only event consisting of the season’s top teams based on their solo rankings.

In addition to being an exclusive event, teams will play an alternate version of this season’s game, Recycle RUSH+. Instead of the usual ten recycling canisters, (three in each Autonomous Zone and two on each side in the middle or “Landfill Zone”) this version will use 16 (three in each Autonomous Zone, and four in the Landfill Zone). This will allow alliances to increase the value of their tote stacks, and thus end each match with a higher total.

After planning to someday apply for the event over the past few summers, we finally did and were accepted! We are excited to be attending for the first time and maybe more in the future.

While we will be attending the event, our fundraising is still going on! Make sure to visit Chipotle by the Duluth Miller Hill Mall between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and mention our “one for the team” fundraiser so that 50% of your total bill will support both the Team and the trip. Just click for more information.

Gitchi Gummi Get Together

Gitchi Gummi Get Together LogoIt’s finally here! The first ever Gitchi Gummi Get Together, and it’s coming this summer. After a lot of planning and organizing, we’ve finally pulled together our own summer event. As always, it’s free and open to the public. We will also need about 80 volunteers to pull this off. If you want to help us out by donating your time, click here!

What: Gitchi Gummi Get Together
When: August 16, 2014
Where: Duluth East High School, 301 N 40th Ave East
Costs: Lunch is $5.00, and registration is $175.00.

Sound interesting? Register here!

Prior Lake Minne Mini-Regional

On November 23, we were among the 60 teams to attend the annual Prior Lake Minne Mini Regional hosted by FRC Team 2169, King TeC. Before the competition started, all of the attending teams had the chance to attend short workshops that targeted specific areas of a FRC team. These workshops covered topics from marketing and design, to electronics and programming, then the competition began.

Arcana successfully plowed through the qualification matches undefeated sending us into the alliance selections.  For the first alliance pick, we chose Knightkrawler, Team 2052, from New Brighton, MN, and the Raiders, Team 3691, from Northfield, MN, with No Mythic, Team 2491, as our back-up alliance. We won the semi-final matches and came up against King Tec, the Fighting Calculators, and the Databits in the finals.  We lost both final matches taking second in the overall competition. We also won the esteemed Gracious Professionalism Award for the second time at this event.

Our team had a great experience training in our new team members and getting a chance to compete with Arcana one more time before the new challenge is revealed next year. Our new members were able to learn scouting, data taking, posting on social media sites, taking photos and video, as well as repairing the robot. Overall, it was a very successful competition.

Prior Lake Mini Minne Regional

All the Daredevils got up earlier than usual this Saturday morning, and were on the bus by 5:00 am, headed to the Minne Mini Robotics Regional in Prior Lake, hosted by FRC Team King TeC. Once at Prior Lake High School, the team split up to attend informational meetings about the different elements in their department. Topic titles included business plan, electronics, website and public relations, pneumatics, and C++.

The competition began at 10:45am, and lasted until 6:30pm. 30 FRC teams from around Minnesota and one FRC team from North Dakota were in attendance. The Daredevils scored high throughout the competition with only one complication, when in the final matches of the first round, Allie’s basket (the apparatus that scoops up the basketballs) broke down. However, after a few minutes in the pit with the build team, Allie was back up and running again. There were a total of 7 matches, with 6 wins and 1 loss in a qualification match. The Daredevils then prepared for a solid semi-final and final match by forming an alliance with teams 2530 (Inconceivable from Rochester) and 3747 (Chaotech from Mankato).

The semifinals were close, but the Daredevils and their allies advanced to the finals against the number one seeded alliance, home team 2169 (King TeC), 2052 (Knightkrawlers from Irondale), and 2491 (No Mythic from St. Paul).  Unfortunately, dramatic attempts at a triple bridge balance ended our hopes for 1st place.  However, the Daredevils are proud of their hard-earned second place trophy.  The team was also awarded the “Gracious Professionalism Award”, which is this mini-regional’s equivalent to the prestigious Chairman’s Award.  Congratulations to all teams, and see you at the Duluth Northern Lights Regional!

Daredevils Move Beyond the Hoops

The Daredevils came into the MN State Fair ready to demonstrate Allie-Hoop’s shooting abilities to the crowd.  They accomplished this and more by also educating onlookers during their breaks.  Daredevils enjoyed talking to the crowd, letting younger children run Allie’s controls, and answering many questions of curious fair on-lookers.  The competition was tight and Allie came up with the second highest score of the day finishing close behind the Knightkrawlers who took first.  Congratulations to all three teams in the finals today!