Swedish Robotics Team to Compete at 'Double DECCer' Regional

Created: March 07, 2018 08:09 AM

Hundreds of students from around the Midwest will be at the DECC this week for the FIRST Robotics 'Double DECCer' Regional competition. For the first time, a team from Sweden will be competing in the event as well.

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About a year ago, the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team had the initial idea of getting a FIRST robotics team going in another country. Strategy Department Captain Linnea Frisk says Sweden was a good choice as Duluth's sister city is Vaxjo.

Since then, the Daredevils have been working with administration, staff, and students at Teknikum Secondary School in Vaxjo to get their inaugural team, the Vikings, up and running. Team captain, Rebecca Zeidlitz Retting, says its been quite an experience.

"It's been amazing. It's really an honor to be a part of this. We couldn't even imagine this could happen to us," she explained.

Seven students and three teachers traveled from Sweden to be a part of the competition.

As far as preparing for the event, Frisk says the Daredevils have been practicing with a second robot they've built and studying other teams competing this week.

"It's been a pretty busy couple of weeks," she said.

The Vikings have been training with a 'starter kit' robot that the Daredevils sent them for most of the winter. Retting says they haven't had as much time to train with their new robot, but are confident nonetheless.

Practice rounds begin Thursday, March 8 and team matches begin the day after.

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