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.

 

Coming Soon!

Lately we have been sharing our FIRST opportunities with potential team members and students of our high school.  We hosted our annual Open House as well as a Parent Information evening for families to learn more about what we do.

We were also busy designing and building a “costume” for t-shirt cannon, Ctrl-Y, for our newest sponsor. Our 2010 robot has played roles from James Bond’s get away car  to Pixar’s Wall-E.

Everyone is now actively preparing for the new team members which will be attending their first meeting in late October.

We look forward to revealing our newest team members!

In other news, please join us and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra on October 11 at the DECC when the Daredevils (and a special guest) will be participating in a musical experience that transports you into the depths of space! Mark your calendars for the DSSO’s “New Frontiers”, more information will be published closer to the event.

Back to School, Back to Bots

It’s back to school time with the Daredevils! Are you –or do you know– a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior interested in science, technology, graphic arts, writing, or business? Then you should consider filling out an application for the Duluth East Daredevils FIRST Robotics Team 2512. Team members will:

  • Learn public speaking techniques
  • Participate in important meetings and professional encounters
  • Learn how to advertise, use social media, as well as obtain and use graphic arts skills
  • Program robots using the coding language C++ which is widely used in real world work environments
  • Build, and wire a full scale FRC robot
  • Learn management and accounting methods
  • Help develop our team strategy
  • Supervise the construction of the robot
  • Learn valuable time management skills, as well as responsibility
  • And more!

Forms can be picked up in the East Activities Office on the first floor, or downloaded here. We are extremely excited to welcome new members to our team, and look forward to a great 2015 Season! For more information on our different departments, click here. Parent Student Information Night will take place on September 16 in the East High School Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for students interested in joining the team.

All applications are due by Friday, September 19.

Inaugural Event Comes to a Close

After months of planning and preparation, lots of hard work, and a few small glitches, the summer event we’ve chosen to call the “Gitchi Gummi Get Together” is now on the map. Despite some rule changes due to a small number of participating teams, the event seems to have been thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees.  The competition provides a chance for new drivers and human players to get on the field.

After  two long days of continuous set up everyone arrived early this morning for donuts, fruit, and coffee (altogether a great start to any off season event). Now that the first has passed, the Gitchi Gummi will be leaning towards the goal of becoming a sort of retreat for teams, with team building activities, fun and games, and workshops.

The winning alliance today was made up of Team 2169 KING TeC from Prior Lake, MN and DNA Robotics from Duluth, MN.  The Duluth East Daredevils Team 2512 and Team 876 Thunder Robotics from Northwood, ND took second place in today’s competition. Team 2169, KING TeC also won the the gracious professionalism or Helping Hand Award in memory of our longtime team sponsor Kent Christianson. Third place went to Team 5232 Hermantown Talons, of MN and their alliance partner Team 857 Superior Roboworks.

From the reactions and comments from attending teams this inaugural event was a huge success and we are proud to promise even bigger things next year. Don’t forget to stay tuned for updates! We look forward to seeing these founding teams again.

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2014 Event Schedule

Here it is, the final schedule for the 2014 Gitchi Gummi Get Together! We’re looking forward to a great competition. 2014 Gitchi Gummi Get Together Schedule of Events

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, Engineering and Mathematics (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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