Week 2 Update



During the second week of build season, our team accomplished a multitude of tasks getting us closer to a completed robot. Our build team finished prototyping the robot along with assembling a lift kit, which is a powered mechanism that can raise game components up over seven feet in the air. Our drivetrain frame was completed and we are beginning to mount wheels onto it. The programming team worked on a gyro code which helps stabilize the robot.

Stay tuned for the following weekly updates. 

Thanks again for your support this year!

Build Season Week One Update


January 12, 2018

Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Update for Week 1

Our first week consisted of team brainstorming and being well read on this years’ rules. We started a prototype robot, as well as designing our competition robot on a program called SolidWorks. SolidWorks is a modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering computer program. So far, we are on schedule for finishing tasks and completing the final design. We also have been starting construction of field elements.

Please stay tuned for the following weekly updates.  Please let us know if you prefer to be removed from these emails or if there are other people in your organization that we should add to these weekly updates.

Thanks again for your support this year.


The 2018 robotics season has finally begun! We are excited to begin our new year with a brand new challenge, FIRST Power UP! Here are some pictures of the team brainstorming and coming up with ideas for the new robot.

Gift Wrapping at Harley

Today the team is wrapping presents at Harley Davidson in Hermantown. We can wrap any of your gifts for a small donation to Animal Allies. The Harley Center will match all donations to Animal Allies. Come out and support Animal Allies. We are here from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.


FLL Lego Tournament

Students and Mentors from our team volunteered at the FLL Tournament on December 9th this month at the Hermantown Middle School. Volunteers from our team helped work at table set ups, pit crew helpers, time keepers, and end of the night clean up. Thanks for inviting us to volunteer, our team members had a great time.



Cub Scout Demonstration

This Tuesday, Team 4009 had the Cub Scouts visit Denfeld High-school to check our base of operations! After giving a tour of both the FAB LAB and our general work space, the Cub Scouts got to work with volunteering team members to create their own robots (Scribblebots) to color on a large piece of paper. In doing this they earned the “Robotics Adventure Loop”. Thanks for coming, Cub Scouts!





Lego Robotics Camp

Hi everyone!

Right now we are in the middle of our annual Lego Robotics Camp. This Lego Camp is a great way for the younger participants of FIRST to expand their way of solving problems and thinking creatively.

Participants in the Lego Robotics Camp are given tasks to complete at their own pace while learning skills such as how to program a robot, solve problems, etc.



Looking for “A Day at the Wade” Tickets?

This is going to be a great event for a great price! You get a great BBQ meal, concert, fun & games, and entry into the raffles (need not be present to win), all for only $10!
Better yet, you are supporting our robotics team and other wonderful West Duluth Sports & Activities!

Look for our table… we will be out selling in the following locations:
Tuesday afternoon: SuperAmerica in Morgan Park
Wednesday: Robotics night at the Huskies Game in West Duluth RAINED OUT!
(We will be rescheduling for another Huskies game very soon.)
Thursday: back at SuperAmerica in Morgan Park

Or reach us by phone at (201) 232-5861
or by e-mail at DNA4009@gmail.com

Don’t miss out on this exciting event and opportunity to support local teams!