From the Blog
Welcome back returning members, and an even bigger welcome to our Rookies this year, as the school year resumes and pre-season planning is underway. 2014-15 is The Green Machine's tenth season as a FIRST Robotics team! In honor of this decade-long achievement, a big anniversary year, and our annual recruiting drive, here are (only) Ten Reasons to join 1816 this year:
10. The Green Machine is more involved and does more for the community and the world than almost any other Edina school-supported organization.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:45pm - 9:00pm
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.
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.
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!