St. Louis, MO 2013 FIRST World Championship

The team poses in front of the FIRST logo at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.

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.

Northern Lights Regional

Fans and team members cheer as our team name is announced during the Northern Lights Regional Quarter Finals.

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.

 

Gitchi Gummi Get Together: UPDATE

We are excited to welcome teams to our event!  We will be posting our schedule for the Gitchi Gummi Gathering by Friday, August 1. We will try to accommodate all of the volunteer requests and will provide more information to our volunteers by Friday, August 1.

These are our known volunteer tasks so far as of Sunday, July 27.

Tasks for Volunteer on Thursday, August 14

Tarp Laying in Gym and Atrium
Pit Layout – extension cords – circuit limitations – max draw
Unload truck

Tasks for Volunteers on Friday,  August 15

Field Set-up
Pit Area Set-up
Hook-up Music to gym
Set up Mics
Set-up Audio

Tasks For Volunteers on Saturday, August 16

Safety Glasses – 3 hour time slots
Field Reset – 8-5:00
Robot Inspection – 8-5:00
Robot Queuing – 8:30-5:00
Food Concessions – 7 – 5:00 3 hour time slots
Food – Lunch Pizza/chips/cookies/water 11-2:00
Food Runner
Food – Breakfast – 6-9:00
First Aid/Safety – 8-7:00
Field Tear-down 5 – until done
General Clean-up – 5-until done
Volunteer Sign-in Table (shirts/schedule/packets)
Volunteer – directing traffic
Pit Administration 8-5:00 (2 volunteers)

Gitchi Gummi Get Together

Gitchi Gummi Get Together LogoIt’s finally here! The first ever Gitchi Gummi Get Together, and it’s coming this summer. After a lot of planning and organizing, we’ve finally pulled together our own summer regional. As always, it’s free and open to the public. We will also need about 80 volunteers to pull this off. If you want to help us out by donating your time, click here!

What: Gitchi Gummi Get Together
When: August 16, 2014
Where: Duluth East High School, 301 N 40th Ave East
Costs: Lunch is $5.00, and registration is $175.00.

Due to a sudden surge in interest, if your team is making last minute plans to attend this event and you need an extension, please contact us at daredevils2512@gmail.com or our team co-captain karl@fazwak.com.

Teams registered as of 7/14/2014

  1. Team 857, Superior Roboworks
  2. Team 876, Thunder Robotics
  3. Team 2169, KING TeC
  4. Team 2175, The Fighting Calculators
  5. Team 2512, Duluth East Daredevils
  6. Team 3293, Otterbots
  7. Team 4009, DNA Robotics

Sound interesting? Register here!

FLL Mania!

Thanks to all of you who participated in our third annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Summer Camp. We’ve held this FLL summer camp for three years, and this year was our biggest turnout yet! These summer camps are designed to introduce kids into the FLL community, in addition to incorporating Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) principles into their lives.

After introductions and some basic instructions, the kids were given their first challenge; to follow a black line of electrical tape across a white board. After they wrapped up the building process, they moved over to the row of laptops to program their creations to follow the line. The first day left the kids determined to complete the line following challenge.

After groups started completing the first challenge, they continued onto the second challenge. The second one was a little bit harder than the first, and each one after that got progressively harder. The harder challenges required kids to redesign, and reprogram their robots.

On the last day, we brought the “big robots” in. They were able to catch Frisbees from Arcana our 2013 robot, and t-shirts from Ctrl-Y our 2010 robot. They were also able to play with Archie and Aries our 2011 and 2014 robots. Campers played 4-Square and Ultimate Frisbee with some of the Daredevil team members. They later had the opportunity to sit down and watch a world renowned off-season competition that was occurring in Indiana.

Everyone had a lot going on over the five days, but they learned new skills, had fun, and even taught some of us some new things. Overall, we hope these camps don’t stop growing so we can continue to get adults and kids everywhere hooked on robotics!

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Relay for Life

Please come and see us, or even participate in the overnight Relay for Life walk July 18 at the College of St. Scholastica. The event will be starting at 6:00 p.m. and we will be presenting on stage at 8:30 p.m. with our robots. Participants will also be allowed to interact with the robots using the controls along with a donation to the American Cancer Society! There will be food, games, and activities for everyone. Make sure to come check it out and support the fight against cancer!

Help us help the American Cancer Society by making a donation directly to our team. You can donate to our team in person, or digitally through our team page by clicking here. For more information about Relay, click here.

Kent Christianson Benefit Fundraiser

Thursday, August 7, there will be a benefit fundraiser at Skyline Bowling Lanes off Miller Trunk Highway for Kent Christianson of Fastline Graphix. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be a taco bar, raffle, and silent auction. Tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds will go to Kent’s medical expenses.
Kent has been a major contributor of the Daredevils with graphics for our robot and trailer since 2012. We are appreciative of any and all support provided.

Kent’s Story:
Kent developed a pneumonia like infection which severely damaged his lungs. He is currently at the U of M Hospital recovering after a double lung transplant. Kent is self-employed at Fastline Graphix and is unable to work. Kent needs our help in covering medical costs during his hospital stay and recovery.

Tickets can be purchased at Skyline Lanes, Troys Amoco, Accurate Auto Repair, or by email request; kentchristiansonbenefit@gmail.com. For any questions, contact (218) 393-3804.

Cash donations can be made directly to Kent Christianson Benefit Fund, US Bank, or by electronic deposit at www.fundly.com.

Fourth of July

Looking for something fun and family friendly this Fourth? Then come to the Duluth Huskies baseball game! We will be there face painting, demonstrating our robots, shooting foam baseballs, and fundraising. And of course, there will be fireworks! Also, for those of you who didn’t know, together we raised $200.00 for CHUM at the Rhubarb Festival this past weekend!