School Board Recognizes DNA

Each month during their regular meeting, Duluth School Board members take time to recognize students, school or staff accomplishments. In August, the School Board recognized the Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Robotics Team and the success they had this season.

July 2016: 1st & 2nd Place, Gitchi Gummi Mini-Regional Received Helping Hands Award for Gracious Professionalism.

May 2016: 2nd Place, MSHSL State Robotics Championship Received Dunwoody Award for Outstanding Engineering & Design.

April 2016: FIRST Robotics World Championship, Semi-Finalists in the Galileo Division.

March 2016: 1st Place Lake Superior Regional, 14 matches undefeated Received Engineering Inspiration Award.

DNA Robotics Team accepting a Certificate of Recognition from the ISD 709 School Board

DNA Robotics Team accepting a Certificate of
Recognition from the ISD 709 School Board.

DNA Hosts Lego Camp

For the past three years, Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) held a two week LEGO Robotics Camp for the children in the Duluth area. Team 4009’s LEGO Camp is a great opportunity to help educate young students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

DNA held the LEGO Camp again this year. Our FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) students mentor young students by helping them build a robot that has to complete multiple tasks. At the end of the two weeks, the LEGO Camp students modify their robots to compete with each other in a “sumo bot” match where they try to push the other robots out of a circular arena. On the last day of camp, DNA demonstrates their robots from previous years to show how the young students may apply recently learned skills later in their lives.

DNA students demonstrating to LEGO Camp how to drive the high school robots

DNA students demonstrating to LEGO Camp how to drive the high school robots

LEGO Robots playing tug-of-war

LEGO Robots playing tug-of-war

Students learning how to drive the robots

Students learning how to drive the robots

Denfeld Robotics Team Places at Gitchi Gummi Mini Regional

The Denfeld Nation Automation “DNA” Robotics Team 4009 capped off an impressive season at the third annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together on Saturday, July 30th. The event, hosted by the Duluth East Daredevils Team 2512, gave teams another chance to compete with this year’s robot.

To fill all 18 competition spots, Team 3184, Blaze Robotics, and DNA both entered two robots. DNA gave their second robot the name of DNA Too and the number of 8009. Team 4009 drove the competition robot and Team 8009 drove the practice robot. The robots are nearly identical, only differing slightly in size and camera placement.

After qualification matches, Team 4009 was in first place and chose Team 3883, Data Bits and Team 4480, UC-Botics. Team 8009 was picked by the second seed alliance led by Team 1816, Green Machine. The third member of their alliance was Team 3102, Tech-No-Tigers.

Both teams won their semi-final matches and then both teams proceeded to the final rounds. In an amazing final match, Team 8009’s alliance won first place and Team 4009’s alliance took second place. During the award ceremony, DNA also won the Helping Hands award for their gracious professionalism throughout the competition.

DNA Team 4009 and DNA Too Team 8009 going head to head in a qualification match.

DNA Team 4009 and DNA Too Team 8009 going head to head in a qualification match.

DNA and DNA Too with First Place, Second Place, and Helping Hand Award

Team DNA places 2nd at State Robotics Competition!

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Team 4009 competed at the Minnesota State High School League Championship in Minneapolis at the Mariucci Arena. DNA was ranked 4th out of 30 teams at the end of qualification matches. They became the third seeded alliance captain and chose Team 2883, F.R.E.D and Team 3042, Cobalt Catalyst to be their partners. Denfeld played in the finals and eventually lost to the top alliance.


We made it to the Semi-Finals!

DNA robotics made it to the semi-finals! We were ranked 4th and after alliance selections we are the 3rd seat alliance. Now all that is left is the finals. Here we go! Wish us luck!

You can visit this website to see the match schedule for semi-finals and finals.

List of Qualification matches

Here is a chart of the Qualification matches that we will be participating in. The scores will be updated as we play each match.

You can also go to this website to see a list of the matches.

Match # Time Red 1 Red 2 Red 3 Blue 1 Blue 2 Blue 3 Score Red Score Blue
Qual 5 9:16 2220 2052 4778 2855 3102 4009 129 97
Qual 7 9:30 4009 3277 5172 2220 5434 2987 134 115
Qual 15 10:32 4009 2501 2502 3102 6175 4539 143 82
Qual 20 11:10 4607 5434 2502 4009 2503 5232 125 94
Qual 23 11:34 2526 3277 3102 2538 4009 3042 101 111
Qual 26 11:55 2855 2538 5690 1816 2987 4009 70 117
Qual 31 1:30 4656 2530 2883 4778 4607 4009 115 125
Qual 36 2:08 4009 2052 4656 1816 3276 2501 124 101

Our Last Qualifier Match!

Our last Qualifier match went very well! We won with 124 points on the red alliance and 101 points on the blue alliance. We are currently ranked 3 but that could change with the last few matches that other teams have. Wish us luck getting into the semi-finals!

One more match to go!

We lost in match 20 with red alliance having 125 and blue alliance 94. Our last 2 matches before lunch were not the same as match 20 though! We won the next two matches. The match score for match 23 was red alliance with 101 and blue alliance with 111. The match after that, match 26, ended with red alliance scoring 70 and blue alliance scoring 117. After all of that we were rank 7.

After lunch we replayed match 7, our second match that was nulled due to field fouls, and won! The score for match 7 was 168 for red alliance and 145 for blue alliance. Right after that we played match 31, our second to last qualifier match, and won! The score for that match was 115 for red alliance and 125 for blue alliance.

Thanks for all the support so far! And keep checking the website for updates on our progress! Our current rank is 3!