An INTEGRISTs DERT-y Robotics Update

Via INTEGRIST & Robotics Mentor Jeff Deheer

Having students design, fabricate, troubleshoot, and finish a robot in 6 weeks is no small undertaking.  With the support of mentors, the students of First Robotics Competition Team 2040 (DERT) finished strong in the 2015 competition season.  After placing 22 out of 54 at the Arkansas Rock City Regional, DERT made some improvements to the robot and made it to the quarter-finals at the Central Illinois Regional, placing 7th out of 39 teams.  The quarter-finals of the Robotics Competition consist of 8 alliances of 3 teams each.  The 4 highest scoring robotics alliances move on to the semi-finals.  After the quarter finals, DERT had the 5th highest scoring alliance and missed advancing to the semi-finals by only 14 points.  It was a very strong showing for DERT and the students are very proud of the robot they built and competed with!  At the Central Illinois Regional, DERT also won the Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen.  This award is given to the robotics team that has a cohesive appearance and team branding.  As FIRST defines it at this award is given “In honor of Jack Kamen, Dean’s father, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.”  The robotics team is greatly honored to have received this award!  In all, this was a very successful year for DERT.  For more information about DERT, please visit  For more information about FIRST and the FIRST Robotics Challenge, please visit