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Keep in mind that the match schedule is often behind or early. If you are looking for a specific match, look for the current match number on the live broadcast and compare it to your desired match’s number.
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Please note that not all web-casting platforms may be running at all times. Issues will be dealt with before tomorrow.
Team 2512′s Friday Matches:
On February 12, we introduced our new robot to the public and the world. Ace, or it’s full name, Acervus, which comes from “to stack” in Latin, is our 2015 competitor for Recycle Rush. Everyone gathered in the Duluth East High School library/media center to hear about the game description for this year involving stacking totes and large circular recycle bins. After refreshments and anticipation, everyone crowded downstairs into the main atrium of East High School for the moment of truth. Archie, our 2011 robot, in new tradition was waiting on hand to lift the red and white cover. As the cover was lifted our drivers demonstrated a few test rounds to show what Ace can do. After the big reveal, spectators were able to ask questions and see the robot up close. Ace will be in attendance at the Northern Lights Regional in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center this February 27-28. See you at the competition!
We departed from Duluth Sunday morning and made our way to Itasca Community College (ICC) which hosted the sixth annual FIRST Robotics Scrimmage. As the morning progressed, 17 other teams arrived for a day of fine-tuning, strategic planning, and helping other teams. When we arrived, we were greeted by the many teams working on their robots and getting ready to practice. The sound of working tools, setup, and falling totes filled the ICC gymnasium –along with the occasional noodle thawp.
The day really got started when teams began randomly entering and exiting the field, anxious to practice their techniques and get a better understanding of this year’s game. The field was quickly filled with robots stacking totes, recycling containers, and even the occasional pool noodle would get into the action.
After lunch, the teams started the real practice matches to get the feel of how the game will run at actual competition events with short times and strict rules. In this time, the teams tried their hardest to score points by stacking totes and collecting “litter”. The Daredevils took as many chances out on the field as we could in order to perfect or improve the techniques that we created for competition. We worked as hard as possible to learn to work together with the other teams on the alliance. Being compatible with the other teams on an alliance is very important because the hard work that each team does is necessary if you want to sore points and have a good game. Even in doubt, there were always team members cheering on the ones who needed it the most. After the day’s activities, the teams were awarded prizes for their hard work and cooperation. The Daredevils were awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award for being helpful to other teams.
After awards, the teams remaining were able to continue to practice informally for another hour. The Daredevils and all teams involved are very grateful for Kim Damiani and ICC for hosting, and continuing to host, this event. There was even more action this year with more robots on the field for a greater period of time.
It’s on to the Double DECCer Regionals, February 27 and 28, for the Northern Lights Regional!
The Duluth East Daredevils invite you to our 2015 Annual Open House:
Here we will be unveiling our latest robot and it’s name, as well as showing off our previous competitors. It will be an exciting night full of tasty treats, punch, and of course, the Daredevils.
Where: Duluth East High School Library/Media Center
301 N. 40th Ave. E.
Duluth, MN 55804
When: February 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
We hope to see you there!