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Regional Chairman's Award Win

By Simone V., March 12, 2017

Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816 won the Regional Chairman's Award at the March 2-4, 2017 Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, MN. The Chairman's Award is considered the most prestigious award conferred on teams by FIRST. At each event, it is awarded to a single team that, in the Judges' opinion, best exemplifies FIRST goals of culture-change to inspire greater awareness and respect for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Green Machine focused on creating an award submission package that showcased all that 1816 has done over the past five years, with emphasis on this current 2017 Season, in regard to outreach, STEM advocacy, and the impact of FIRST on our team overall. Each submission must include a three-minute video, which is shown at the end of the competition.  Please watch our video, created by Caroline H., here:

Robots in the Rotunda – District 49 Day

By Morgan S., February 20, 2017

Please join The Green Machine, FRC Team 2239-Technocrats and FRC Team 2502-Talon for District 49 Day at the Minnesota State Capitol, Friday February 24, 8 am to 12 noon. Our FIRST Robotics teams are featured in the Capitol Rotunda by three state legislators who represent Edina: Senator Melisa Franzen, Rep. Dario Anselmo, and Rep. Paul Rosenthal. District 49 Day is a chance for constituents to enjoy exhibitions from schools within Senate District 49; a meet- and -greet with legislators; a mini “town hall” meeting, and tours of the newly-renovated Capitol building.

Mentoring Our Younger Edina Teams

By Brandon S., February 7, 2017

Mentoring Edina teams that are in the younger FIRST programs is a big part of 1816’s community outreach. From September until end of the competition season for FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST LEGO League Jr., The Green Machine spreads out to offer mentoring and coaching to Edina-based teams. There’s still time to catch the state’s top LEGO teams at the FLL State Tournament, Saturday February 25, hosted by High Tech Kids.