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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.

ICC Workshop!

The Daredevils will be attending several workshops this Saturday, December 1st at Itasca Community College. Aside from the Daredevils, we will be joined by many teams, including Denfeld DNA and Two Harbors Rock Solid. All of the departments will be holding presentations at the event, we’re very eager to learn from other teams and share our knowledge and skills with others.

Minne Mini 2018 Wrap-Up!

The last event of the 2017-2018 season has just ended. The Daredevils woke up early to set off for Prior Lake High School for the annual event known as the Minne Mini, where the new team members had their first taste of an FRC event and the veteran team members get a chance to get back into the competition mindset. The day started off well, with members of the Daredevils attending workshops and preparing for the matches later in the day.

The day continued, and the Daredevils competed in the qualification matches. We won our first match with a score of 238 – 105. Despite occasional hiccups with the robot, the rest of the qualification matches went along smoothly, with the Daredevils winning all but two matches, ending the day as the 18th seeded robot.

As the last match ended, the alliance picking started. The Daredevils weren’t the first pick for any alliance, and were also not a second pick for 3 of the alliances. However, we were picked for the 1st alliance, along side team 1816, Green Machine, and team 2052, KnightKrawler. With that, the final matches of the regional took place. The 1st seed alliance took down the 4th seed alliance, which included the Marshall Topperbots, FRC team 4230, in the semi-finals with scores of 420 – 227 and 450 – 210. This secured a place for us in the final matches with the 3rd seed alliance.

In the finals the Daredevils alliance went up against the 3rd seed alliance composed of FUN Robotics (Team 6630), Warpspeed (Team 4239), and CIS (Team 4607). After a massive hiccup with the scoring system, the 1st seed alliance won with a score of 369 – 164 in the final match of the finals! Cheers erupted throughout the gymnasium as the finals scores were put up on the screen.

With a new drive team and robot, Alea, which is now retired, the Daredevils fought off rust from the summer and a robot that kept telling us she was tired, to win the championship. Our new members experienced their first ever FRC event, and our new drive team has experienced driving a bot during an event for the first time.  Now our sites are set to the new 2018-19 season and the game “Deep Space”. Kick Off is January 5th.


Minne Mini Finals!!

The Daredevils, Green Machine, and KnightKrawler have made it to the finals of the Minne Mini regional! We won two matches against the 4th seed alliance  which included the Topperbots from Marshall High School!


Heading to the Minne Mini Finals!

The Daredevils have been picked to be in the first seed alliance, alongside Green Machine (1816) and KnightKrawlers (2052)! We’re honored to have been picked by these teams and can’t wait to compete in the finals with them.


Duluth East Daredevils Minne Mini Match Schedule

The Daredevils will be competing in the following matches:

Qual 11 – 10:56 am

Qual 15 – 11:26 am

Qual 19 – 11:54 am

Qual 24 – 12:29 am

Qual 33 – 2:11 pm

Qual 38 – 2:46 pm

Times are estimated! Matches may be later or sooner than expected!


Minne Mini Competition

The Daredevils are all ready for the Minne Mini! After weeks of preparation and teaching new members the ins and outs about FIRST robotics, they’re all ready for their first event of the new season. The team is excited about the event, and they can’t wait until the day kicks off!

Qualification matches begin at 9:30.

Let’s get hooked on robotics!

CLICK HERE for the live stream for the event!


Getting Back Into the Swing!

The new freshman team members are here and the Daredevils are hard at work! Each individual department has began showing the new members on their department the ropes. Build is taking apart our 2011 robot, Archie. They are also fixing up last year’s robot, Alea, to get ready for the Minne Mini, a pre-season competition held in Prior Lake. Electronics and Media are working on their ICC presentations, a workshop at Itasca Community College to help other teams improve their skills. They’re also teaching their new department members about our goals and procedures. Strategy is hard at work creating preliminary match strategies for the Minne Mini. Team management is working on the logistics for the second regional, along with getting ready for the parent meeting held on Thursday. Programming is putting maximum effort into robot coding. CAD is teaching their new members how to use SOLIDWORKS, a design program that creates parts for our robots.

Overall, the Daredevils are extremely busy, but are also extremely excited about the new season! Let’s get hooked on robotics!

2019 Season New Team Members

The first meeting day for our new team members was November 1st! Welcome everyone! We look forward to a fun and productive season with everyone! Thank you to everyone who applied for this season, and we hope to have more excellent applicants within the coming year.

“I am seriously excited about being on this team with everyone! I’ve worked so hard to make it on, and now I’ve finally made it.” – Annalise Borman, Sophomore, 1st year on the team.

Daredevils Participate in the Duluth Sister City Day of Peace Celebration!

Last Friday September 21, 2018, the Daredevils attended the International Day of Peace Celebration in Duluth, MN. The celebration was hosted by the Duluth Sister Cities International Initiative, which encourages an understanding between nations by way of connecting communities together. Speakers talked about the Sister City Initiative, including former Duluth mayor, Gary Doty.

While there, the Daredevils demonstrated their past robots and taught people how to drive them.  We also explained to the community how we helped the FIRST Robotics team in Växjö, Sweden, the Vikings, start the first FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team in Sweden.

In 2017, members of the Daredevils met with students and mentors in Växjö, Sweden who were interested in starting up a FIRST robotics team. They sent the new team a starting kit with chassis components to begin building their robot. They had their robot completed by October of 2017. In March of 2018, the Vikings flew in to compete in the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, MN. There, they won 3 of their matches and won the Rookie Inspiration Award! They flew back home after the regional had ended, but they have high hopes of coming back next year for the competition season. We can’t wait to see our beloved Vikings from Växjö, Sweden again!

Watch the report on the Sister City Celebration here!