The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center was a loud, often chaotic symphony Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, with cries of “Robot!” punctuating the air.
The annual FIRST Robotics regional competitions were held at the DECC and featured more than 120 teams from across the country and even one team that traveled all the way from Sweden. The teams were divided into two regional competitions with 63 teams each, the Lake Superior Regional and the Northern Lights Regional.
Students moved the robots they’ve worked to build, tune and perfect over the last couple months would yell “Robot” to clear a path from the pit area to the playing field. The students wanted to ensure their creations didn’t meet an unfortunate end before getting to the competition.
Teams from Cloquet, Carlton, Esko, Barnum and Moose Lake all built robots from the ground up to use at the DECC competition. Students fabricated parts using everything from a welder to a 3D printer and then programmed the machines to shoot foam balls through holes and hook on to a bar in the middle of the field and pull itself up.
The top finishing team from Carlton County was Cloquet’s Ripsaw Robotics that finished 10th overall in the Lake Superior Regional, with Carlton’s Doomsday Dogs finishing just behind in 13th place.
Final team rankings for area schools
Lake Superior Regional
1. Edina Green Machine
6. Silver Bay Mariner Robotics
10. Cloquet Ripsaw Robotics
13. Carlton Doomsday Dogs
18. Ely Robots
19. Denfeld DNA Robotics
22. Esko's SubZero Robotics
24. Barnum Bombatrons
32. Cook North Woods Robotics
34. Marshall School TopperBots
38. Lakeview Christian Academy's Lion's Pride
41. Babbitt Iron Mosquitos
44. Proctor's Frostbyte
Northern Lights Regional
1. St. Paul NoMythic
15. Two Harbors Rock Solid Robotics
20. Hibbing's Industrial Revolution
27. Hermantown Talon
28. Virginia Boring Robots
46. Grand Marais Ice Storms
47. Duluth East Daredevils
57. Moose Lake Circuit Breakers