In 2015, TEDx hosted a conference in Edina, bringing together ministers, scientists, professors, authors and global change-makers for a day of interesting discussion. TEDx returns January 21, bringing another opportunity for the community to engage with speakers, influential persons, and The Green Machine, all of which represent culture-change in specific ways.
The Green Machine engages in many community outreach events throughout the year, but as the pre-season winds down, there is one event that brings tremendous satisfaction and celebration. At the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior tournaments in Edina in December, The Green Machine was delighted to be present to coach, mentor, and volunteer at the two days of the event. More than 500 students and their families came to Valley View Middle School to participate and cheer. Some even advanced to the sectional competitions on their way to the State Championship February 25 in St. Paul.
It seemed like the 2017 build season would never arrive but, now that we are digging into the challenges presented by FIRST STEAMWORKS, it seems that the busy pre-season was only a prelude to a calendar-packed build.
Immediately after the Kickoff broadcast Jan. 7, The Green Machine and Team 2239-Technocrats, Hopkins, dug into the game manual to find the robot rules and the game rules to determine “best-strategies.” Calling upon knowledge acquired throughout the preseason, the teams came up with their initial strategies and game plans for the upcoming season.