On November 23, we were among the 60 teams to attend the annual Prior Lake Minne Mini Regional hosted by FRC Team 2169, King TeC. Before the competition started, all of the attending teams had the chance to attend short workshops that targeted specific areas of a FRC team. These workshops covered topics from marketing and design, to electronics and programming, then the competition began.
Arcana successfully plowed through the qualification matches undefeated sending us into the alliance selections. For the first alliance pick, we chose Knightkrawler, Team 2052, from New Brighton, MN, and the Raiders, Team 3691, from Northfield, MN, with No Mythic, Team 2491, as our back-up alliance. We won the semi-final matches and came up against King Tec, the Fighting Calculators, and the Databits in the finals. We lost both final matches taking second in the overall competition. We also won the esteemed Gracious Professionalism Award for the second time at this event.
Our team had a great experience training in our new team members and getting a chance to compete with Arcana one more time before the new challenge is revealed next year. Our new members were able to learn scouting, data taking, posting on social media sites, taking photos and video, as well as repairing the robot. Overall, it was a very successful competition.
Last night was our annual Parent Information Night. All parents of new and returning team members came to watch last year’s robot Arcana, eat snacks and listen to our Team Coach discuss student, parent, and team expectations, as well as time commitments. All of the captains introduced themselves and shared a favorite memory from the previous year. Some of these included stories of long bus rides, reading, doing homework, singing, meeting teams from other states and countries, watching movies, and spending time with friends. We also talked about our budget for this year which is $63,000. We then proceeded to talk about our plans and goals for this year. We hope to make it to the World Championships again this year. The 2013-14 new season has officially begun, with our new recruits selected, and this year’s first all-team photo. We are looking forward to a great year, see you at the competition!
This past October was a busy one, with the Technology Exposition, Open House, Homecoming, and scrapbooking. Many people attended the Citon Technology Exposition on the 1st. There were plenty of presentations on cyber security, hacking, and other computer and programming related topics. We had the chance to showcase Arcana and its abilities until the end of the event. Nearly everyone who approached our booth expressed a great interest in our robot. While attending, we had the opportunity to meet Verizon’s robot VGo, which is a robotic telepresence for healthcare, education, and business.
In addition, we also had our annual Open House on the 3rd. Everything went smoothly during the Open House, with all of our student captains giving a presentation on their departments and their roles including an overview of all of our previous robots. Our Mentors also talked about past experiences with FIRST and recalled stories about our alumni and their impact outside of FIRST and high school robotics. At Duluth East High School’s 2013 Homecoming football game, Ctrl-Y shot t-shirts into the crowd, and was a huge hit. Finally we capped it all off with one of our frequent scrapbooking parties, recording more of our pre-season/summer moments and adventures.
It’s back to school time with the Daredevils! Are you 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. We are extremely excited to welcome new members to our team, and look forward to a great 2014 Season! For more information on our different departments, click here. Parent Information Night will take place on October 3 in the East High School Auditorium from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. All applications are due by Friday, October 4.
Archer Racing Accessories has been a sponsor of our team since 2011. Archer Racing has continuously supported us by allowing us to use their machine shop which gives us access to many pieces of machinery that are not located at East. They have time and time again allowed us to stay all day and into the early hours of the night. In addition, they allow us access on weekends for the entire Build Season. One of our build mentors is also an employee of Archer Racing and is a welcome and important asset to our team.
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