The Daredevils were proud to represent Duluth on the World stage April 23-25 in St. Louis, MO at the FIRST World Championship. This is our fourth time going down to St. Louis for this competition after 2013; but this year the experience was different. Winning the Regional Chairman’s Award at the Northern Lights Regional, provided a new experience in St. Louis. Despite what brought us to the Championship, suddenly we were the first Minnesota team to make it to Einstein Mass (one of two Championship divisions between the final eight alliances), Einstein Energy helps support all of the teams. Our alliance even set the highest global score of 290 points.
At the end of the Hopper Division Qualification Rounds, the Daredevils were seeded 52. During Alliance Selections, the team was the fourth pick by the number one alliance consisting We were selected by the first seed alliance with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, the High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN.
Having the opportunity to participate at the World Championships was spectacular. However, the season is not officially over yet as the Daredevils’ still have the MSHSL FIRST State Championship coming up May 16 at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.
We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and the Duluth community for their amazing support as always. We look forward to competing at State, stay tuned for more news; there are lots of exciting events coming up!
The matches on Thursday began, and it quickly became evident that we had challenging competition ahead of us. Many matches ended with scores well over one hundred, and there were many high stackers, and robots with very unique and effective Autonomous modes. Ace’s matches went well, although there were a few collisions in the Autonomous Period.
The day of Qualifiers ended with a closing ceremony where the Dean’s List Awards winners were announced by the head’s of various influential companies. FIRST founders Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers also made an appearance. The tradition of throwing paper airplanes made the downtime quite a sight, with hundreds of paper crafts flying down to the field.
Friday followed with continuing success, as our rank continued to increase all day, but not enough to get us into an Alliance Captain position. By Saturday, everyone was jumping to get to the Alliance Selections. The Daredevils were selected as the fourth alliance along with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN.
Looking forward to how the rest of the competition plays out in the Hopper Division; good luck and go teams!
See us in action! Click on the buttons below for the live broadcast of the 2015 FIRST Championship, match schedules, team rankings, and competition times. Check out today’s team blog further down on the page. The webcast is hosted by NASA. The Daredevils are in the Hopper Division. For the Hopper webcast, click the “Live Broadcast” button below. All other division webcasts can be found here, and the event schedule can be found here.
UPDATE 4/23: Due to technical difficulties on the field, all scheduled matches are behind and we cannot provide exact times.
Team 2512’s Thursday Qualification Matches:
- 9:00 a.m. #5 (Red Alliance) 94-35 rank up
- 10:43 a.m. #20 (Blue Alliance) 104-144 rank down
- 12:21 p.m. #34 (Red Alliance) 87-118 rank down
- 3-12 p.m. #42 (Blue Alliance) 133-31 rank up
Friday Qualification Matches:
- 8:49 a.m. #63 (Red Alliance) 124-202 rank up
10:20 a.m. #76 (Blue Alliance)-due to technical issues, this match was replayed-
- Make-up match (Blue Alliance) 69-158 rank down
- 1:00 p.m. #82 (Blue Alliance) 161-69 rank up
- 2:24 p.m. #94 (Red Alliance) 192-182 rank up
- 3:27 p.m. #103 (Blue Alliance) 236-108 rank up
- 5:33 p.m. #121 (Red Alliance) 150-148 rank up
Saturday Playoff Matches:
Hopper Division Playoffs:
- Quarterfinal 1: 235-205 rank up
- Quarterfinal 2: 282-108 rank up
- Semifinal 1: 290-166 rank up
- Semifinal 2: 253-219 rank down
- Semifinal 3: 188-206 rank down
- Final 1: 268-185 rank up
- Final 2: 0-135 rank down -red card for entanglement-
- Final 3: 209-178 rank up
Einstein Mass Division Playoffs:
- Quarterfinal 1: 2:30 p.m. #1 232-252 rank up
- Quarterfinal 2: 3:00 p.m. #6 256-180 rank up
- Semifinal 1: 3:24 p.m. #10 256-192 rank up
- Semifinal 2: 3:30 p.m. #11 271-190 rank up
- Final 1: 3:42 p.m. #13 283-215 win
- Final 2: 3:54 p.m. #15 191-253 loss
- Final 3: 4:00 p.m.#16 203-246 loss
We were selected by the first seed alliance with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, the High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN. After plowing through the Quarters, Semis, and then Finals of the Hopper Division, we headed to the Playoffs on EINSTEIN, for the first time ever! Together our alliance made it all the way to the Finals before losing the third match.
Regardless, the Team has risen above the previous competition bar; starting from competing in our first regional (2008), placing in, and later winning, our first regionals ever (2011), to our first World Championship (2011), and then making it to Einstein (2015). Excluding our Regional Chairman’s Award, this is the furthest we have ever come in the competition world of FIRST Robotics.
The Daredevils will be hosting a pasta dinner and silent auction on April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Duluth East High School atrium. This event will be the kick off for our fundraising campaign to fund our trip to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO. Tickets are available at the the door at $8 per single or $20 for families. Each meal includes pasta, salad, bread, and a beverage. Vegetarian options are also available. There will also be a bake sale and a chance to control one of our robots that has competed at the World Championship in the past.
Hope to see you there!
Together, we hope to reach our total goal of $30,000 through both individual donations and public fundraising events. Thank you for your support!
The Daredevils went into the semi-finals as the second seed, selecting Team 4143, MARS/ WARS, from Metamora, IL and Team 4212, Techno Ferrets, from Galesburg, IL. After making it into the finals, and a great competition, we ended in 2nd Place.
The awards ceremony resulted in two awards for the Daredevils, including the Innovation in Control Award, and 2nd Place overall. Altogether, we improved our total average from the Northern Lights Regional, won two awards, and had a great regional!