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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.


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.

First Ever State Win!

We promptly departed from the High School parking lot at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and headed down to the Twin Cities to the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena for the FIRST/MSHSL State Championship. The Team entered as number one in the state due to our Regional Chairman’s Award, as well as our robot’s performance in our first competition.

This event marked the last official competition of this year before summer, where the top 30 Minnesota teams competed head-to-head to be the best in the state of Minnesota. After an amazing competition, we walked away with our first ever State Championship win, allied with Team 3130, Errors from Woodbury, MN and Team 4215, Trinity Tritons from Eagan, MN. This marks an end to our best and most successful competition season yet! But our summer competition, the Gitchi Gummi Get Together, is celebrating its second birthday, so fans and teams get one last chance to see Recycle Rush (and Acervus) in action. To make this event possible, we not only need teams, but volunteers galore, so make sure to register and help us make this competition run more smoothly and successfully.

2015 FIRST/MSHSL State Championship

Please note that all match times are approximate and that the schedule is often behind or early.

2512’s Match Schedule:

  • 9:18 a.m. #5 (Red Alliance) 104-30, rank up
  • 9:39 a.m. #8 (Red Alliance) 140-122, rank up
  • 10:12 a.m. #12 (Blue Alliance) 187-129, rank up
  • 11:06 a.m. #19 (Blue Alliance) 150-140, rank up
  • 11:32 a.m. #22 (Blue Alliance) 159-107, rank up
  • 12:00 p.m. #26 (Blue Alliance) 54-149, rank down
  • 1:08 p.m. #35 (Red Alliance) 132-54, rank up
  • 2:21 p.m. #39 (Red Alliance) 200-138, rank up

Playoff Matches:

  • Semifinal 1: 196-140, rank up
  • Semifinal 2: 173-73, rank down
  • Semifinal 3: 176-144, rank down
  • Final 1: 206-125, win
  • Final 2:  108-157, loss
  • Final 3: 198-157, win

After an amazing competition, the Daredevils were seeded first, selecting Errors, Team 3130 of Woodbury, MN and Trinity Tritons, Team 4215  of Eagan, MN to form our alliance going into the Playoffs. In the end, we walked away with our first ever State Championship win, another amazing turnout to add to our most successful season yet!

Off to State!

The Team will be heading down to the Twin Cities tomorrow for the FIRST/MSHSL State Championship, May 16, for our last official competition of this year. The event itself will include the top thirty teams in Minnesota. Teams are chosen based on their regional competition scores and/or Chairman’s performance.
Receiving the Regional Chairman’s Award at the Northern Lights Regional earlier this year in Duluth, means that we had already qualified; we’re excited to be attending again this year, and now as the number two team in the world! We’re also looking forward to the opportunity to possibly take home a State trophy to add to what has been our greatest competition season so far. Altogether we are excited to be returning to the Williams Arena and competing against the top ranked teams on the University of Minnesota campus!
What’s up next on our agenda? We’re now beginning to transition into our summer season, so watch out for upcoming events. In addition, make sure to sign up for our 2015 Summer Robotics Camps!

Daredevils Compete in Finals at Championship

The Daredevils were proud to represent Duluth on the World stage April 23-25 in St. Louis, MO at the FIRST World Championship. This was our fourth time going down to St. Louis for this competition, but this year was different. Winning the Regional Chairman’s Award at the Northern Lights Regional provided a new experience. We were the first Minnesota team to make it to Einstein (one of two Championship Divisions between the final eight alliances). Our alliance even set the highest global score of 290 points.

At the end of the Hopper Division Qualification Rounds, the Daredevils were seeded 52nd. During Alliance Selections, we were the fourth selection of the first seed alliance with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, the High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN.

Having the opportunity to participate at the World Championship was spectacular. However, the season is not officially over yet, as we still have the MSHSL FIRST State Championship coming up on May 16 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and the Duluth community for their amazing support as always. We look forward to competing at State. Stay tuned for more updates–there are lots of exciting events coming up!

Playoff Matches with Top Seed Alliance

The matches on Thursday began, and it quickly became evident that we had challenging competition ahead of us. Many matches ended with scores well over one hundred, and there were many high stackers, and robots with very unique and effective Autonomous modes. Ace’s matches went well, although there were a few collisions in the Autonomous Period.

The day of Qualifiers ended with a closing ceremony where the Dean’s List Awards winners were announced by the head’s of various influential companies. FIRST founders Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers also made an appearance. The tradition of throwing paper airplanes made the downtime quite a sight, with hundreds of paper crafts flying down to the field.

Friday followed with continuing success, as our rank continued to increase all day, but not enough to get us into an Alliance Captain position. By Saturday, everyone was jumping to get to the Alliance Selections. The Daredevils were selected as the fourth alliance along with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN.

Looking forward to how the rest of the competition plays out in the Hopper Division; good luck and go teams!

2015 FIRST World Championship

See us in action! Click on the buttons below for the live broadcast of the 2015 FIRST Championship, match schedules, team rankings, and competition times. Check out today’s team blog further down on the page. The webcast is hosted by NASA. The Daredevils are in the Hopper Division. For the Hopper webcast, click the “Live Broadcast” button below. All other division webcasts can be found here, and the event schedule can be found here.

Live BroadcastMatch Schedules

Team Rankings





UPDATE 4/23: Due to technical difficulties on the field, all scheduled matches are behind and we cannot provide exact times.

Team 2512’s Thursday Qualification Matches:

  • 9:00 a.m. #5 (Red Alliance) 94-35 rank up
  • 10:43 a.m. #20 (Blue Alliance) 104-144 rank down
  • 12:21 p.m. #34 (Red Alliance)  87-118 rank down
  • 3-12 p.m. #42 (Blue Alliance) 133-31 rank up

Friday Qualification Matches:

  • 8:49 a.m. #63 (Red Alliance)  124-202 rank up
  • 10:20 a.m. #76 (Blue Alliance) -due to technical issues, this match was replayed-
  • Make-up match (Blue Alliance) 69-158 rank down
  • 1:00 p.m. #82 (Blue Alliance) 161-69 rank up
  • 2:24 p.m. #94 (Red Alliance) 192-182 rank up
  • 3:27 p.m. #103 (Blue Alliance) 236-108 rank up
  • 5:33 p.m. #121 (Red Alliance) 150-148 rank up

Saturday Playoff Matches: 

Hopper Division Playoffs:

  • Quarterfinal 1: 235-205 rank up
  • Quarterfinal 2: 282-108 rank up
  • Semifinal 1: 290-166 rank up
  • Semifinal 2: 253-219 rank down
  • Semifinal 3: 188-206 rank down
  • Final 1: 268-185 rank up
  • Final 2: 0-135 rank down -red card for entanglement- 
  • Final 3: 209-178 rank up

Einstein Mass Division Playoffs:

Click for Einstein Playoffs

  • Quarterfinal 1: 2:30 p.m. #1 232-252 rank up
  • Quarterfinal 2: 3:00 p.m. #6 256-180 rank up
  • Semifinal 1: 3:24 p.m. #10 256-192 rank up
  • Semifinal 2: 3:30 p.m. #11 271-190 rank up
  • Final 1: 3:42 p.m. #13 283-215 win
  • Final 2: 3:54 p.m. #15 191-253 loss
  • Final 3: 4:00 p.m.#16 203-246 loss

We were selected by the first seed alliance with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, the High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN. After plowing through the Quarters, Semis, and then Finals of the Hopper Division, we headed to the Playoffs on EINSTEIN, for the first time ever! Together our alliance made it all the way to the Finals before losing the third match.

Regardless, the Team has risen above the previous competition bar; starting from competing in our first regional (2008), placing in, and later winning, our first regionals ever (2011), to our first World Championship (2011), and then making it to Einstein (2015). Excluding our Regional Chairman’s Award, this is the furthest we have ever come in the competition world of FIRST Robotics.