2016 Duel on the Delaware champions

Three high school teams formed the winning alliance at Saturday’s 2016 Duel on the Delaware–from Philadelphia, FRC 341 MissDaisy, from Downingtown FRC 1640 Sa-BOT-age, and from South Jersey, FRC 5420 Velocity.  

The annual “off season” event, held at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, NJ, is cosponsored by southern NJ team 316, the Lu-na-tecs, and FSR team, MOE365, the Miracle Workerz.

In addition, teams collect and donate books for Success Won’t Wait– a Wilmington-based charity that distributes books to children’s charities, hospitals, and other organizations serving people in the tri-state area. Top winners receive a trophy  for the most books (by weight). The event total this year was over 11,500 pounds of books and the 2016 book drive winner was Team 271, the Mechanical Marauders from Bay Shore, NY.

A big thanks to all our event volunteers and sponsors!

FTC holds scrimmage event at Salem Community College

FSR students report on their experiences at 2015 Duel on the Delaware

FTC Team 8528 displays banner created and donated by teammate, “Hardcore Stitches

FTC Team 8528 displays banner created and donated by teammate, “Hardcore Stitches”

Last October 17, the Duel on the Delaware (near the Delaware River in NJ) was a great chance for our team to share ideas with a variety of other teams and to get some practice on the field with other robots. Our sister team, MOE FTC 365, also attended the event.

In the morning two student members of our team taught an Engineering Notebook workshop to a full classroom of students from roughly ten different teams. We described what an engineering notebook was, why it was important, challenges and how to overcome them and more. After the presentation we shared our old notebook with everyone and shared ideas and advice with them one on one. Thankfully, everyone took a lot of notes and seemed to get a lot out of the workshop. We may even be asked to teach this workshop a third time at another scrimmage. Meanwhile, our teammates were learning programming at other workshops.

The night before the Duel, we worked really hard to make a solid chassis to use in the scrimmages but we didn’t have a second set of technology to install on it. Our Pennsylvania friends, the Flaming Phoenixes, had the tech but not a new chassis; but working together, we had a completely functioning “Flaming Rhymes” robot. At the Duel, we spent the afternoon working on it and competing together while sharing ideas, tools, and drive teams.

As the photo shows, we were proud to display our fantastic new team banner. Overall the day was a fun start to the (almost) competition season!

Submitted by members of Team 8528 Rhyme Know Reason

Duel on the Delaware volunteer award goes to Carol Perrotto

Carol Perrotto (center) presented award by Rosanne Danner, FRC 316 and John Larock, FRC 365

Carol Perrotto (center) presented award by Rosanne Danner, FRC 316 and John Larock, FRC 365


Highlights from this year’s Duel on the Delaware October 17, 2015 at Salem Community College, Carney’s Point, NJ.

  • 34 FRC (FIRST Robotic Challenge) teams from the mid-Atlantic region competed in an annual off- season event
  • 20+ FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) teams attended a day of workshops and informal scrimmages
  • Over 11,000 pounds of books collected for annual book drive to support local charity, Success Won’t Wait
  • The Mike Wade Duel Master Volunteer Award was presented to Carol Perrotto, a founding member of MOE Booster organization, a Mid Atlantic Robotics and First State Robotics board member, and an FRC head referee at both regional and international levels.
  • See more photos and news items in Technical.ly Delaware and at NJ.com