2015 Kickoff

The Team poses in the snowy parking lot outside the building of our newest sponsor, the Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark.

Fantastic Fans!

A kindergarten class sports their new Daredevil fan shirts during the school day. Lots of our outreach involves the younger generation. Are you in the Duluth area and would like to see if the Daredevils can come to your school? Contact us using the tab above!

BlueDevil Press

Members of the BlueDevil Press hold wraps advertising the Double DECCer Regional that went around the Duluth News Tribune. Read more about this under the Media tab and BlueDevil Press.

2015 FIRST World Championship

The Team poses with Acervus, our now Championship robot! The Daredevils made it all the way to one of the two Einstein fields for the first time ever, and placed second. This marks the end of our best Competition Season yet, but more of 2015 is yet to come; stay tuned for the FIRST MSHSL State Championship.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken Visits Archer Racing

This past Martin Luther King day, we were honored with a visit from Senator Al Franken at one of our sponsor locations, Archer Racing. We got to show him our team as well as our robots, new and old.

 

Kicking off Summer

We just wrapped up our first round of two Robotics Camps this summer. Team Members spent the week teaching kids how to build and program small LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots. They could complete/compete in any challenges of their choosing. The second session runs July 13 through the 17 and a few spots are still left, don’t forget to sign up!

In other news, the 11th Annual CHUM Rhubarb Festival is back again June 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Make sure to stop by and help raise money for a great cause. We will be showcasing our robot and talking about the Team. Admission is free and all proceeds go to CHUM.

There will be live music, games, crafts, and of course, rhubarb! In addition to these activities, attendees will be able to indulge in many classic, and not so classic, rhubarb recipes. Among these delectable creations will be an assortment of rhubarb pies, muffins, crisps, brats, and burritos. Click to see all of the great activities kicking off and happening during tomorrow’s festivities.

2015 Gitchi Gummi Lodging

Due to the lack of availability of places to stay in Duluth this summer, we have been able to reserve only 20 Spirit Mountain campground sites. Given the size of the sites, most teams will be able to fit a minimum of two tents, but can fit upwards of four. Spirit Mountain has been generous enough to waive the extra tent fees for attending teams; sites go for $23-36 depending on the size and nature of the site. These sites are first come, first served, and teams must call ahead directly to request their selection of available spots. We have provided a specially edited campground map for your visual convenience (only available in GoogleDocs due to technical issues). Make sure to mention that you are part of a FIRST Robotics Team upon speaking with the representative.

If you are interested, please reserve your sites at (218) 624-8544 by 7/10/15!

Reserved Sites:    RV Sites*    Combined Sites

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38

*RV sites will have a concrete pad, so teams choosing any of those five sites should bring appropriate (i.e. comfortable) sleeping equipment.

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!