Double DECCer Robotics Tournament Unites Two Countries For Competition

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 10, 2018 03:14 PM

DULUTH - Hundreds of robotic teams met at the DECC for the Double DECCer Robotics Tournament on Friday.

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123 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Sweden, prepped their robots for the event.

Alliances of three battled in the 2018 challenge of Power Up. It’s based on a retro-style arcade game.

Siiri Truckey, a Duluth East Daredevils team member, said the tournament this year involves switches, scales, and cubes.

"Basically we have cubes and a scale and also a switch so we take the cubes with our robots and we place them on the scale or the switch. What we want to do is to make sure we own the scale or switch," Truckey said.

The teams also had to program their robots to Autonomous, a 15 second period where the robots are programed to perform without being manually operated.

Tim Velner, the coach for the Duluth East Daredevils, said the nerves don’t go away no matter how many times one competes in the event.

"There's always a period of anxiety when you're coming to the competition," Velner said.

The Duluth East Daredevils competed in the Northern Lights Regional Tournament.

The team met some friends from Sweden last summer who were interested in forming a robotics team.

The Duluth East Daredevils helped in getting them started and in getting them involved in the tournament.

The Swedish team, Vikings Robotics, were able to compete at their first Double DECCer.

Rebecca Zeidlitz Rettig, a Vikings Robotics team member, said she was happy with the outcome of her first competition.

"It's such an honor to be here. We were supposed to do robots as our senior project and then we got offered to do this instead. We couldn't even imagine how much we could learn," Zeidlitz Rettig said.

Anton Wikstrom, a Vikings Robotics team member, said he was thankful for the help from the Duluth East Daredevils.

"It's been amazing that they could take us here. We didn't expect anything of this. We thought we were on our own but they've helped us very much. It's been amazing having them on our side," Wikstrom said.

The first team ever to compete from Sweden has been enjoying the Northland.

Truckey said her Swedish friends were excited about a particular experience.

"They actually got to ride a school bus and they were so excited about riding a yellow school bus because they don't have them in Sweden. We thought it was so funny because we just have them all the time," Truckey said.

The tournament brought two teams from different countries together for a robotics fun-filled weekend.



Alejandra Palacios

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