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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.


Preparations for Week Zero

By Morgan S., January 29, 2017

As we approach the middle of the 6-week robot build season, The Green Machine is working hard to make the Week Zero event for the Southwest Hub a success. This pre-season competition is a mock regional competition, complete with robot pits and a full field with all of the FIRST STEAMWORKS game elements. These Week Zero events are held all over Minnesota as well as around the country. The practice events provide FIRST teams with a chance to see how their robot will perform ahead of the stop-build/bag-up-robots day on February 21st.