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!

Regional Success

After two days of practice matches and qualifications at the DECC, we finally reached the final day.  We had much success in our final two (qualification 6/8) matches. This put us in third place behind Denfeld DNA Robotics 4009, and The Hawaiian Kids 359.  We made our way through the quarter finals, semi finals, and then found ourselves in the final matches facing Denfeld DNA Robotics 4009, The Hawaiian Kids 359, and the Eden Valley Mystery Machine team 6175.  Unfortunately, we lost to this alliance.  We send our congratulations to them as they move on to the Worlds Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.  Lucky for SubZero, team 4009 and team 359 held wild card spots meaning they already won awards sending them directly to the championships in St. Louis.  The second seed team and their first alliance choice would fill these two wild card spots.  This means SubZero 5690 and team KnightKrawler 2052 will also be in attendance at the Worlds event. SubZero was also awarded the “Industrial Design Award” sponsored by General Motors for our outstanding robot construction.

We would also like to send our congratulations to Patriotics 5913 from Pequot Lakes for winning the “Rookie All Star Award.”

In the time between now and the Worlds Championships, SubZero will be in financial need as the Worlds event will require busing, hotel stays, and food expenses.  We will be hosting events where we will take donations for this team opportunity.

If you would like to donate to SubZero please contact or    We also have a Go Fund Me setup at  Any donation amounts are greatly appreciated and will help in our endeavor to St. Louis.

If you have any questions, or would like to hear more about our experiences at the Lake Superior Regional, please contact us and we will be more than happy to talk with you and share more photos.  Also, visit for statistics in the regionals.

Thank you all once again for supporting SubZero Robotics!

Regional Day One/Two

We had a very successful Thursday at the DECC participating in the Lake Superior Regional.  We encountered many minor issues with our robot, but we continued to press forward.  We got a feel for the playing field quickly adjusting to the defenses.  The defenses are made out of metal and poly-carbonate material which was much different than our team-made wood defenses.

Our shooter mechanism came off the field with bent brackets, but soon was fixed.  Along with our shooter, we shortened the chains which run our arm and shooter mechanisms.  This has greatly benefited us as the shooter does not fall as much when we are bounding over defenses and being hit on the playing field.

At the end of day two, the first day of qualification matches, we are ranked in first place. We couldn’t have been more excited to experience our robot do so well on the field.  Thank you for all of your support!

Bag & Tag

As the build season comes to an end for us tonight, we want to say thank you to all of our hardworking mentors and gracious sponsors. We have had many late nights that otherwise would not have been possible without these mentors.

We are also looking forward to seeing all of our friends at the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals at the DECC in Duluth  next week. Good luck to everyone!

SubZero Robotics is an FRC registered team. We are 5690 from Esko, Minnesota and participate in the Lake Superior Regional at the DECC in Duluth Minnesota.