Category Archives: Regional Events

Iowa Regional Champions! How We Climbed To The Top!

From March 22nd through the 25th, we attended the Iowa Regional to compete.  We were doing very well throughout the entire competition. We even got to choose an alliance! Together, we topped the other robotic teams holding the title of Iowa Regional Champions, along with getting a spot at Worlds!

The regional was held at Cedar Falls, Iowa.  It was the first time our team had attended a second regional in one season, as well as our first time competing at a regional outside of Minnesota. We arrived with determination to perform even better than our last competition and even more, qualify for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. After nine qualification matches, we were ranked 3rd out of 54 teams. As the third alliance captain we invited The Metal Mustangs from Overland Park, Kansas as well as the PioNerds from St. Paul, MN, to “chill with us” during eliminations. In quarterfinals, we played against the 6th ranked alliance which was led by our friends at Denfeld DNA Robotics.

Fortunately for us, we won the first two matches to move on to the semifinals. Our alliance then faced the 2nd ranked alliance in an unprecedented semifinals. We won the first match, tied the next three, lost the fifth match, and then went on to win the sixth tiebreaker match. Our performance during semifinals was talked about throughout the robotics community for the next week. Our team moved onto the finals, where we faced the first ranked alliance which included another Northland team, the Duluth East Daredevils. While we lost the first match, our drive team pulled it together and won the next two! 

This victory in the finals not only meant that we were the Iowa Regional Champions, but also that we would be attending the Championships in St. Louis, Missouri! We are incredibly proud of our drive team that helped us climb to the top! Our team can all agree we are extremely excited to compete at Worlds! 

Season Conclusion

This season has been such an exciting time for everyone on the team. Our growth from this season to the last has been truly remarkable.

We have had an amazing build season this year. We began at first sharing ideas, collaborating with other teams, and analyzing this year’s game. Juggling many different ideas from team members, we finally came to a consensus on our robot design. We had many new experiences this year. This ranged from building bumpers, to reaching out to sponsors in order to have a sustainable build season – something we had to be less focused on last year due to working on simple robot design. With mentor knowledge, many late nights, and student dedication, we were able to produce a robot we thought would best fit the game requirements. That is exactly what we did.

Our competition season started off on March 3rd-5th at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the Lake Superior Regional. Competition qualification matches started off looking up. We juggled between first, second, and third place during the second day of the regional, finishing the day in 1st place out of 63 teams. At the end of the three day regional we received the Industrial Design Award that celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. We also ended the challenging three day competition as finalists with a record of 11-5-0. With being finalists, we were offered the opportunity to attend the FIRST Championships in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27th-30th at the Edward Jones Dome.

Being able to meet and work with teams from many countries all over the world was a fantastic experience for everyone on the team. We began qualification matches with motor trouble on the left side of our robot. After an hour of work from the build team, we were able to get B.A.R.D. (our robot name) back in commission. Later in the competition, we broke a shaft for the jointed arm due to friction. After these issues, we were back in shape. We finished the Championships in 38th out of 75 teams with a record of 5-5-0.

We were also able to attend the Minnesota State High School League Competition on May 20th and 21st at the Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. We had to make minor adjustments to the arm and shooter similar to the Championship tournament. At the end of the day, we finished with a record of 3-5-0 in 19th place. We were very excited to participate in this tournament as one of the top 30 teams in Minnesota invited to compete. Minnesota has 208 First Robotics teams as of the 2016 season.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, coaches, mentors, parents, and finally all the students for making this year the success it has become.

Championship Divisions

The divisions have been released for the Championship competition this Wednesday through Saturday. SubZero is placed in the Galileo Division. Check out all the teams playing on our field here!
We are so excited to be attending this event as one of the 634 FRC Teams. We are already in the process of scouting other teams we will be competing with and against. We will post more as we journey to St. Louis along with match scores and live feeds for our followers to watch come Wednesday.

Chili Feed Update

The Esko Robotics Team would like to share a quick update about yet another proud moment for SubZero Robotics. We have received the final standings regarding Minnesota teams.  Out of 208 teams, SubZero is ranked 10th in the state!  Looking at total point value, we are ranked 6th. However, the highest FIRST Robotics award (Chairman’s Award) automatically places teams in the top spots regardless of points. The top 30 teams on this list are eligible for the state tournament at Williams Arena on May 21st.
We are very excited to be able to travel to the Championships and very thankful for all your support.  Our chili feed/fundraiser was a huge success last Thursday, April 7th.  In total, we raised just under $3,000. Attached is a link to the news footage of our fundraiser night.  If you were unable to attend and donate but still have an interest in doing so, please contact Justin Scheider or Laura Zimny: the SubZero Robotics coaches.

SubZero on WKLK Radio

On Saturday, March 2nd, SubZero had the opportunity to be live on WKLK 1230 AM and 96.5 FM to talk about our 2016 season. We also had the opportunity to promote our page along with our fundraiser for the FIRST Championships on April 7th. This was an excellent experience to us. Thank you to Dwight Cadwell at WKLK for inviting us to his Coaches Corner morning show.

We invite all of you to come in and join us for our fundraiser at the Esko High School cafeteria from 5:00 to 7:00pm this Thursday. We will have chili, drinks, desserts, and activities for students and children. Come and see our pit and slideshows from this great season. We hope to see you all there!

Press Collaboration

This year, SubZero Robotics joined forces with the Duluth East Daredevils team 2512 in writing for the BlueDevil Press. The BlueDevil press covered both the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals held at the DECC in Duluth. These students also wrote articles published in various papers including the Duluth News Tribune. Here is a link for some of the stories written by SubZero and the Daredevils. Thank you for this opportunity 2512!