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2016 National Advocacy Conference

By Amy M., June 11, 2016

On June 18th, Team 1816 will be making our fourth annual trip to Washington DC for the National Advocacy Conference. This event, hosted by Team 27 RUSH, attracts FIRST robotics teams from across the U.S. to this 3-day conference.  There, students are given the opportunity to talk to their Senators and Representatives about the importance of FIRST Robotics, STEM education (ESEA and Title IV-Part B funding in particular) and the expansion of science, technology, engineering and math programs overall. We also will take the opportunity to ask our delegation to support the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act which would authorize the US Treasury to mint a new $1 coin, with proceeds from proof and uncirculated coins helping to benefit FIRST programs.

State of STEM

By Amy M., June 6, 2016

One of the last things we do to wrap up our season, and to help launch us into next season, is to appear before the Edina City Council to present the "State of STEM" in our community. On June 7th, members of The Green Machine will be delivering this report, which talks about our team and its outreach activities to grow STEM and FIRST programs in Edina. This year alone, FIRST in Edina have grown 40%, with 194 Edina students now involved in all levels of FIRST (FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior). We're very excited to tell this story, and much more, to our city council representatives. The meeting is 7:00 pm and can also be viewed and via cable access Channel 16!

Once More, Robots Take Over Mariucci Arena

By Amy M., May 19, 2016

Saturday, May 21st marks the 5th annual MSHSL FIRST Robotics State Championship! The Green Machine won our way into this competition with our robot performance at the Lake Superior Regional, week one (March 5) in Duluth. This makes us one of two Minnesota FRC teams (along with FRC Team 2052- KnightKrawler) to have qualified for every MSHSL state championship since its inception. Although the FIRST Stronghold season is wrapping up, we're very excited to be able to play the game once more. This competition is free and open to the public. Stop by Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota this Saturday to see Zenith in action!