From March 6-8, two First Robotics teams shared a bus to the Lake Superior Regionals and the Northern Lights Regionals, both held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. This tournament weekend holds the record for most teams under one roof for a competition. In addition to a bus, the students share camaraderie, tips and tech talk. The two teams are the Robettes Team 2177, from Visitation School, and No Mythic Team 2491 sponsored by Pace Analytical, Minnetronix, Quality Tool and Great River School, Avalon, River’s Edge and Twin Cities Academy Schools.
The Dean’s List Award is the only individual award given at FRC competitions. It celebrates an individual’s contribution to a team, technical expertise, leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, a passion for long term dedication to FIRST and its ideals, and effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in their school and community. Think of it as the Heisman Trophy of high school robotics. The winners of this prestigious award are Ellen Aiken, of Great River School and team captain of No Mythic representing the Northern Lights Regional and Madeleine Logeais of Visitation School and co-captain of The Robettes representing the Superior Lakes Regional. Both will attend and compete at the International Championships in St. Louis from April 23-26.
No Mythic had an outstanding weekend finishing 7th overall with a ranking of 19 during the qualifying rounds. They were the first pick of the seventh ranked alliance. They put up a tough fight, but were defeated by the 2nd ranked alliance. The team put together their list of lessons learned and began planning for the North Star Regional to be held in Minneapolis on March 27th, 28th, and 29th.