Recent News

Join 1816!

By Ivy B., September 1, 2014

Attention Edina High School sophomores and juniors!

Edina High School’s award-winning FIRST Robotics team, The Green Machine, needs YOU! Whether you are a graphics designer, computer programmer, builder of machines (or just want to be immersed in a hands-on STEM experience), come see us at the Activities Fair (September 3rd) and come to our team meetings on Tuesday nights (beginning September 2) in Room 220. Look for the big PLTW banner outside the door. More details are on our team calendar. Need additional info before joining? Send us an email via our contact form.

Why Go All The Way to Woodbury?

By Willem J., August 18, 2014

Given my own age it will sound strange to say this, but I will say it anyway: kids are the key to the future. Without them (or should I say us?), any prospective future development, no matter the extensity of ideas, the availability of material, remains the fantasy of science fiction writers – purely speculative and, to the minds of a stagnated era, slightly outlandish. Kids have such a value to society because they bring the fresh perspective, one developed out of the unique environment of their generation, spawning the newest innovations and academic inquiries. I think FIRST was founded with this in mind.

Who Doesn’t Like Playing with Legos?

By Ivy B., August 10, 2014

STEM and FIRST outreach are the dominant themes of The Green Machine’s summer. Lego Robotics has been popular no matter where we’ve set up, whether it’s been the Cedars of Edina Apartments; Girl Scout camp in Burnsville; at People Serving People, a Minneapolis homeless shelter, or at the Valley Crossing Community Kids Club in Woodbury. We’ve even seen our Lego curriculum for young people ages 5 – 14 being used this summer in Lego  Robotics camps offered by Geek Squad in 26 cities (including Minneapolis) nationally!