The fifth annual Minne Mini-Regional kicked off with a welcome speech from the mayor of Savage, MN Janet Williams. After opening speeches, the Prior Lake High Shool band marched in to play the National Anthem and the competition began. The event is hosted and created by Savage’s own King TeC, Team 2169, and used as a last chance to see the season’s previous game as well as condition new-comers to the world of FIRST. The competition has become a popular event for Minnesota teams, and even Thunder Robotics, Team 876 from North Dakota, and all share a unanimous appreciation and love for the event.
Our team won six of our seven qualification matches, placing third going into alliance selections. As part of the top four, we chose CIS, Team 4607 from Becker; Thunder Robotics, Team 876; and No Mythic, Team 2491 from St. Paul as our backup alliance. After the alliance selections, the competition narrowed down to 16 teams (four backup teams included) totaling four final alliances. Unfortunately the Daredevils didn’t make it into the finals but we had a blast seeing all the teams again and competing with them.
Congratulations to all teams involved and thanks for a great competition. So long Aerial Assist, we can’t wait for January 3!
This past week we attended the annual community meeting held by ISD 709. The annual meeting is a place where the Duluth community gets together and talks about the progress that the schools and community have made this year and discusses future plans and goals.
As a Duluth school group, we made an appearance along with Denfeld’s team, DNA, at the meeting to show the community and school board a little bit about who we are and what we do. The drums played as we got the robots up and running for the evening. Team members on both sides caught, tossed, and retrieved balls while robots ran after them, picking it up to shoot again. It was like watching a movie on repeat; run, pick up, throw, and catch. There was even interplay between both robots. The teams had the opportunity to socialize and make friends with new and old members from different teams. This meeting showed how well other teams can work together in and outside the competition.
On October 11 we attended the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) concert “New Frontiers”. They invited us to come showcase our team as the Student Spotlight group. We had the opportunity to talk with audience members, show our robots, and spread the message of FIRST. Our 2011 championship robot, Archie, sported red, white, and blue LEDs for the occasion.
After intermission, the conductor informed the audience that he would “love to start the program, but forgot his baton”. He then asked if Archie could bring it out. The audience was enthusiastic as Archie rolled out with the baton on a small pillow attached to its claw. Archie ended his performance with a “bow” –raising his claw and lowering it– to the conductor and then the audience before exiting the stage.
We would like to give our many thanks to the DSSO for granting us the honor of presenting the baton as well as letting us set up a booth outside of their auditorium.
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.
Join us this Saturday, October 4, for a UMD football game against MSU-Moorhead. We’ll be shooting footballs and t-shirts from Ctrl-Y costumed as Tiki Tom into the crowd. 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!