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Esko and Duluth East robotics to take on the world

Duluth East Daredevils dance in the stands during the Iowa Regional robotics tournament in Cedar Falls in March.1 / 3
The Daredevils robot competes in the first-seed alliance during the Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls.2 / 3
Daredevils (from left) Gavin, Dawson, Cameron, Connor, Tucker and Olivia prepare their robot to compete in the Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls.3 / 3

Two area robotics teams, Esko SubZero and Duluth East Daredevils, will advance to the World Championships April 26-29 in St. Louis. Subzero earned their way to Worlds by winning the Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls in March against the Daredevils' first-seed alliance. Subzero was captain of the third-seed alliance.

Though the Daredevils fell second in Iowa, they secured their spot at Worlds earlier in the season when they earned regional runner-up at Northern Lights Regional in Duluth.

Other area teams that competed in the Iowa Regional included Duluth Denfeld DNA Robotics, Marshall School Topperbots and William Kelley High School's Mariner Robotics of Silver Bay. The Mariners finished 20th and the Topperbots, 38th.

DNA fell in the second quarter final after captaining the sixth-seed alliance. After the competition, they were chosen for the Entrepreneurship Award in recognition of their framework development of a comprehensive business plan.

The Daredevils also received the Excellence in Engineering award for the use of their self-made pixi gun, a device that tests the lighting of the field to calibrate the robot's camera.