Monthly Archives: March 2014

News From Duluth!

Hello everyone!

So as we’re sure all of you know, the team was competing up in Duluth this past weekend, and now that all the excitement from that is beginning to die down, it’s time to get right back to work. That being said, we’ve got a lot to share.

Needless to say, our performance at the Northern Lights Regional up in at the DECC in Duluth was the best that we’ve ever had. Throughout the qualification matches we only lost one match, leaving us with a 9-1-0 record and the number 1 spot going into alliance selections. There, we chose the Hawaiian Kids, a Hall of Fame team that came up all the way from Waialua, Hawaii, and Talon Robotics from Eden Prairie. With this powerhouse alliance, we were able to go all the way through the elimination rounds and win the whole tournament!

alliance

One of the cool things about the regional in Duluth is that there is a second one going on in the same stadium at the same time, so after both of us finished, we were able to play another match with the winner of the second regional. In what was easily our most difficult match of the weekend, we were able to pull one final victory out, winning the Double DECCer champion trophy!

However, our hardware didn’t just end with our robots performance. We also took home the Industrial Safety Award (shout out to Laura, the team’s excellent safety captain!) and the Excellence in Engineering Award. The event also gave us an opportunity to show off our brand new pit, which we received many compliments for.

If you missed our performance in Duluth, you’ll still have a few more opportunities to see us in action. We’ll be competing at the North Star Regional on March 28th and 29th, which will be at the Mariucci Arena at the U of M. Beyond that, our win in Duluth qualified us for the World Championships in St. Louis at the end of April! More information to come on that when we get further into our preparations…

We hope to see all of you at the U, but until then, keep warm and happy!