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Our second annual Robot Day at the Minnesota Children's Museum was a big success! Along with KnightKrawler, FireBears and HeroBotics, The Green Machine had the opportunity to volunteer at the Minnesota Children's Museum to demonstrate our robots and run activities like basic electrical circuits via Snap Circuits to show how even young children can become involved with science, technology and engineering. We also introduced our new robot coloring book, which contains you-choose-the-color line drawings of each 1816 robot from the last nine years. The kids loved coloring Zeke and Zed as well as designing their own robots and learning about electricity with the toy circuits. The Star Tribune was there and a photo with the FireBears ran in the Sunday paper.
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014 (All day)
Working with Snap Circuits
Working with Snap Circuits
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It’s been a busy four weeks, barely time to capture all of the news and new things. On November 15, we staged our second-annual Robot Day at the Minnesota Children's Museum to educate the ten-and under crowd about Robotics. Joining us were Teams 2052-KnightKrawler, 2500-HeroBotics and 2846-FireBears. We set up an “introduction to wiring” using Snap Circuits, had a coloring book station, and did robot demos to let the children participate in the fun of playing with “Zeke.” We showed 1,750 kids and their parents, siblings and other museum visitors how our robot works, and have them take the controls to feel what it’s like to drive a real FIRST robot. We combined our Computer-Aided Design (CAD) students with those from KnightKrawler, to demonstration how CAD works. Not only were many fascinated by the images and the CREO software that was used to create detailed drawings, but Knight Krawler brought a small 3D printer and printed FIRST logos giveaways for the kids and parents who stopped by the CAD booth.
What does it really mean to have a career in STEM? Come find out along with The Green Machine. On November 3rd from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, FRC Team 1816 is sponsoring a STEM Career Showcase and Career Fair at Edina High School. Those attending this evening’s event will get to hear and see many STEM careers in action. Geared primarily to students in middle-school and older, there will be lightning talks and STEM booths staffed by representatives from STEM-related fields and disciplines. 1816 has arranged for speakers from different STEM fields – including biomedical engineering, product research engineering, medical science and computer engineering.
The Green Machine held its own this weekend at Roseville Area High School for the Minnesota Robotics Invitational event. This was a great experience for rookies to see what FIRST Robotics Competitions are all about. Returning team members got to reminisce about last year’s game, Aerial Assist. Many great moments occurred including the rookies getting to watch the repairs on ZEKE as well as participate in driving the robot on the field. One of our captains, Peter H., stated that he was “pleasantly surprised” at the new talent in driving he saw from our 2014-15 rookies. The Green Machine ended qualifications as the #1 seed, and had the pleasure of picking 3 more teams to join its alliance.