2015 Kickoff

The team poses in the snowy parking lot outside the building of their 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 Game Recycle Rush

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 cylindrical recycling canisters, or green pool noodles as litter, for more points.

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.

 

2015 Central Illinois Regional and Webcast

See us in action! Click on the button below for the live broadcast of the 2015 Central Illinois Regional, match schedules, team rankings, and competition times. Match results will not be provided this year due to the nature of the game. “Scores” on this page will now consist of point value, followed by whether our team rank went up or down. Check out our team blog further down on the page.

Keep in mind that the match schedule is often behind or early. If you are looking for a specific match, look for the current match number on the live broadcast and compare it to your desired match’s number.

Live Broadcast

Team Rankings

Match Schedules

 

 

 

 

Team 2512’s Friday Matches:

  • 9:08 a.m. #2 (Red Alliance)
  • 10:01 a.m. #8 (Blue Alliance)
  • 11:42 a.m. #20 (Red Alliance)
  • 1:08 p.m.  #23 (Red Alliance)
  • 1:56 p.m. #29 (Blue Alliance)
  • 2:36 p.m. #34 (Blue Alliance)
  • 4:12 p.m. #46 (Blue Alliance)
  • 5:00 p.m. #52 (Blue Alliance)

Saturday Matches:

  • 9:08 a.m. #58 (Red Alliance)
  • 9:32 a.m. #61 (Red Alliance)
  • 10:20 a.m. #67 (Red Alliance)
  • 11:16 a.m. #74 (Blue Alliance)

Happy Birthday FIRST!

By 9:00 a.m. at the Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, IL, Acervus was already up for the second official match of the day. The autonomous was modified, and all five game pieces (two canisters and two totes) are now more reliably dragged into the Auto Zone giving our alliance even more points. Coopertition stacks were a popular strategy, with the benefit of 40 points for both opposing alliances. There were many close calls and toppling totes all around, and after a great first day of competition, we ended as the second seed.

The closing ceremonies even featured a surprise visit from FIRST’s biggest advocate and creator, Dean Kamen. Day two was also 26 years to the day, since FIRST was founded in 1989. Kamen recounted the history and beginnings of FIRST, when only 28 teams existed, and the regionals, qualifications, and championship matches, were done all in one day in a New Hampshire high school gym. When people thought it would be a passing fad, Kamen refused to believe it could be anything less, and it has paid off. In the past 26 years, FIRST has amassed 38,700 plus teams, and 400,000 plus students. Kamen also introduced his new “homework”; to create a music video for FIRST’s new promotional song “Inspire the World”. He then proceeded to play a part in handing out awards and congratulating the honorees.

We are excited to see how the last Qualification Matches turn out, and look forward to alliance selections. Good luck, and go teams!

Caterpillar Visit and Practice Matches

Early Wednesday morning we boarded the bus and started out on the nine hour drive down to Peoria, IL for the Central Illinois Regional. Arriving mid-afternoon with time to spare, we made a pit stop at the Caterpillar Visitor Center. Here, team members had the opportunity to participate in a fact scavenger hunt, drive and control computer simulated excavators and bulldozers, as well as view, and interact with their state of the art machinery. The large scoops and massive replicas also made for great photo opportunities.

Our first official day in Peoria started early and went until late in the evening, providing plenty of practice matches and pit time. Acervus continues to excel in the Autonomous Period, and we look forward to get our hooks into the Qualification Matches. Another Duluth team also in attendance, is Denfeld High School’s DNA, Team 4009. We are both the second farthest teams to have traveled here, with the farthest being an out of country rookie team, GoldenHorn, Team 5665 from Istanbul, Turkey.

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Last Regional

On March 18, the Duluth East Daredevils will be heading to Peoria, IL for the Central Illinois Regional. Teams from around the U.S., and even a team from Turkey, will be coming to compete. Thursday will consist of all practice matches, giving teams an opportunity to tweak their robots and prepare for the official matches the following day. The real competition kicks off on Friday, where teams will be randomly assigned to each other every match and compete to raise their rank for the overall competition. The average score for all Qualification Matches will determine a team’s rank going into the Alliance Selections. Once the Elimination Matches start, alliances will face each other for the top four spots in order to move on to the Finals. The competition whittles down to two alliances, and the winning teams will be moving on to the World Championship in late April.

Get ready for week four of competition! This is our last regional event before moving on to the World Championship.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
8:30 a.m. Doors Open
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Driver’s Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Practice Matches
8:00 p.m. Pits Close

Friday, March 20, 2015
8:00 a.m. Pits Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Qualification Matches
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Qualification Matches
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
7:00 p.m. Pits Close

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. Pits Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Qualification Matches
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Alliance Selections
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Final Rounds
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m. Pits Close

Exciting End to Week One

The Daredevils as a whole, experienced our largest success at the Northern Lights Regional this past Saturday. Placing second overall after making it into the Final Matches, we walked away with a total of four other regional awards. Aside from placing second, the Daredevils’ own Coach, Tim Velner, was awarded the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award which recognizes a model mentor, and co-captain, Anna Karas, was recognized with the Dean’s List Finalist Award, which recognizes a model student. We were also honored with the Team Spirit Award for the second year in a row at the Northern Lights Regional.

To top it all off, we ended the competition with the Regional Chairman’s Award, which honors a team that best represents a model FRC Team, embodying the purpose and goals of FIRST. After having only submitted this several times since our founding, and years of outreach, and hours of work, we were finally able to pull together as a team, and reel in the most prestigious award in the FIRST Robotics community at the regional level. This now means that our team will be able to attend the 2015 World Championship in St. Louis, MO, for a chance to compete at the world level. While there will be stiff competition, we are honored that we were given this amazing opportunity to compete beyond just robot merit.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams, and good luck at future competitions! We also extend our congratulations to the winning alliance of the Northern Lights Regional.