Today’s DNA Match Numbers and Scores

BLUE 1 BLUE 2 BLUE 3 RED 1 RED 2 RED 3  BLUE Score  RED Score
Quals 5 4009 3840 6217 4166 4360 2855  195  95
Quals 21 2057 3291 5690 3275 4009 6146  192  240
Quals 30 4009 6056 4181 3054 4480 6047  160  140 
Quals 41 5998 93 4009 2227 3276 1714  235  178
Quals 49 3750 5299 5913 5464 4397 4009  228  224
Quals 59 2503 2977 3293 4009 4238 3755  191  230
Quals 67 4260 4009 4818 4511 3277 3740  137  294
Quals 83 4182 1816 6318 4230 4009 6022  237  90


Team DNA ended the regional 5-3-0 and 24th place in the qualifying matches, and did not advance to the quarterfinals. DNA have so far won the Volunteer of the Year award dedicated to mentor Susan Johnson, and are awaiting the awards ceremony for further possible awards!

DNA Practice Matches

Hello, everyone! Today our team is taking part in practice matches for the Lake Superior Regional. So far our team has participated in one match and two more practice matches later today, the next match starts at 3:20 (match 21) and the last match starts at 4:10 (match 26). If you would like to watch us, you can visit us at the Lake Superior Regional at the DECC or click the link from our last post to watch us online.

Itasca Community College Scrimmage

On February 19th, DNA participated in the annual Itasca Community College (ICC) Scrimmage. This event gives local robotics teams the chance to test their robots on a realistic playing field before Bag and Tag. Team DNA learned various things to improve this year’s robot, such as resolving the robots arm jam for the robots shooter. The team also tested out the new scouting program to use for competitions, making it faster and easier to collect data from other teams. Near the end of the scrimmage a variety of awards were given out to teams with different accomplishments assigned to each award. DNA received the Drive Train Award for their unique “octo-bot” design, for being able to move swiftly and smoothly in any direction while functioning normally.

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Weekly Update 6

February 18th, 2017

Greetings everyone,

This week our build and electrical sub-teams have been working hard to put the final touches on this year’s robot. Our spirit sub-team has been creating the buttons for all of the upcoming  DNA events.

The team hosted its annual robot reveal on Thursday, February 16th. We would like to thank everyone who attended this event. Without the support from sponsors and community members none of this could have been possible. DNA has a tradition of naming the robot after a Greek letter and a mentor. This year we have named our robot after Jerry Walz, and the Greek letter Gamma. The official name of our robot is Gamma Grandpa. Stop Build Day is only three days away! On Tuesday evening we will place our robot in a bag and seal the bag; henceforth, we will not be able to touch it until competition. We are getting ready for the Lake Superior Regional (LSR) which is on March 3rd and 4th at the DECC. DNA is also preparing for their second regional, which is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 22nd to the 25th.

This concludes our weekly update series! Stay tuned for press releases from major events. Thanks again for all of your support!

Weekly Update 5

February 9th, 2017

Greetings everyone,

Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Update for Week 5

This week our build and electrical has been hard at work finalizing our robot frame. We have finished the Woodie Flowers Award and the Entrepreneurship Award as well. Our programming team has been experimenting with vision processing. Our graphic design team has been working on buttons to give out at competition. Marketing team has been contacting businesses, seeking more sponsorships and donations.


We will be hosting our Robot Reveal Open House from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, February 16th in the Denfeld Commons. Ice cream sundaes and beverages will be provided for those attending. Please come and support our team and see the progress we have made on this year’s robot!

Please stay tuned for more weekly updates!  Thanks again for all of your support!

Weekly Update 4

February 4th, 2017

Greetings Everyone,

Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Update for Week 4

This week, our team has been hard at work. The build and electrical teams have been working on prototyping various components of the robot and piecing together the electrical board. Design team has been working on the frame and gear piece design for the robot while graphic design team is finalizing the t-shirt and button designs. Programming team has configured all of the 2017 radios and are currently working on autonomous macro recording and vision processing. Business team continues fundraising as we try to reach our budget by contacting more businesses, writing grants, and working on our Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser. Awards team submitted the written portion of the Chairman’s award and continues working on the Entrepreneurship and Woodie Flowers award submissions.

Please stay tuned for more weekly updates! Thanks again for all of your support!


Weekly Update 3

January 31st, 2017

Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Update for Week 3

We are now 25 days from when we must complete the robot for this year’s Steamworks competition. This week our build team has been constantly designing and upgrading our robot. The frame is constructed, and we are evaluating how to mount different required items on it.

We have completed the building of practice field elements needed for the game and these items are ready and waiting for robot elements to try them out. Our programming team is prototyping a code on an IP camera with last year’s robot in order to fine tune the code for this year’s competition. They are now able to snap photos from the robot’s view.

On a final note, our new video team is currently designing the chairman’s video with the help of a new mentor in the field of video production. This will expand our team’s ability to promote our team on many avenues.

Please stay tuned for more weekly updates

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Weekly Update 2

January, 19th, 2017

Greetings Everyone, Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Update for Week 2

This week we have been working to perfect our previous prototypes for our robot. We also have been working hard creating our version of the playing field so our robot can function and practice for the real thing. We finalized the design of our drive train, and are working to complete the design of our components pending the results of our prototyping.  We still feel we are ahead of schedule compared to last year and are excited for what the rest of build season has in store for us!. Please stay tuned for the following weekly updates. Thanks again for your support this year.


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Weekly Updates

January, 12th, 2017

Greetings Everyone, Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Update for Week 1

This week, we were given the challenge for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition STEAMWORKS. We have included a link to this year’s challenge here. Our first week consisted of developing a general idea on how our robot is going to function, prototyping parts, and designing the smaller details. Compared to last year, we are ahead of schedule. We also have been starting construction of field elements. Please stay tuned for the following weekly updates. Thanks again for your support this year.

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