The Green Machine recently competed in the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional competition, where the team won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, qualifying us again to attend the FIRST World Championships in late April.
The award celebrates a team who demonstrates excellence in promoting engineering within their community. Winning the award means that the recipient team’s travel fee to the FIRST World Championship is paid for by NASA.
Competing at a Week One FIRST Regional event, such as the Lake Superior Regional, is like participating in a shake-down cruise. One never knows what the robot will really do until it is on a real FIRST competition field.
We finished 19th after the qualification matches in Duluth, just enough matches to show us what work remains ahead. One of our newest team sponsors, HID Global, Eden Prairie, offered us time and space for additional practice, using our second (practice) robot. While there, we are working on improvements to the robot and driving techniques before competing in the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional competition at the University of Minnesota.
On March 9th, Green Machine members Harini J., Owen S., Jack H, and Brandon S. visited AP Government classrooms at Valley View Middle School to give presentations about STEM in the legislature to possible team rookies. The presentation highlighted ways that kids can get involved with STEM by talking to elected officials.