Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 competed in the Lake Superior Regional at the DECC on March 3rd and 4th. DNA played six qualification rounds on Friday; the team performed well and ended the day in 5th place. On Saturday, Denfeld Robotics had two matches before alliance selection. In the second to last match the team had issues with climbing, and one of their alliance partners lost power due to a bad battery. The team finished their eighth qualification round in 24th place.

DNA was awarded the Creativity Award, sponsored by Xerox, which celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play. The team received this award for their unique octo-bot design. The robot frame is eight sided and features six holonomic wheels.

Drive team with the founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen.

Drive team with the founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen.

DNA’s human player, Riley, directing the drive team to a successful climb.

DNA’s human player, Riley, directing the drive team to a successful climb.

DNA's robot, Gamma Grandpa, on the field.

DNA’s robot, Gamma Grandpa, on the field.

Announcer Yoji waving DNA's flag.

Announcer Yoji waving DNA’s flag.