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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!

Kickoff at UMD Saturday

On Saturday, January 3, in BOH 90 at the University of Minnesota Duluth, FIRST Robotics teams will receive the 2015 game. After receiving this challenge the Daredevils and all area participating teams will have six weeks to build this year’s robot for competition. We will post the game animation link after the Kickoff for our fans.

Football Frenzy

It was a chilly, snowy evening as we attended the UMD football game this past Saturday, October 4. We presented our robot, Ctrl-Y, dressed as a tiki that shot shirts and footballs into the audience. Ctrl-Y was designed to look like the mascot of our newest sponsor, the Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark’s, Tiki Tom.

It was also military appreciation day, with each branch well represented at the game. Whenever the Bulldogs scored a touchdown, we shot the shirts and footballs for the fans. During halftime, we drove around some more showcasing our robot.

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UMD Bulldogs Game

Join us this Saturday, October 4, for a UMD football game against MSU-Moorhead. We’ll be shooting footballs and t-shirts to the crowd from Ctrl-Y costumed as Tiki Tom. Tiki Tom is the mascot for our new sponsor, the Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark. Come cheer on the Dogs and try to catch a shirt or football!