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Closing out the 2017 Season at the MSHSL State Tournament

By Simone V., May 17, 2017

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) helps promote FIRST Robotics as a high school Varsity sport, by holding an annual state tournament at the University of Minnesota prior to the end of the academic year. The State Tournament is affiliated with FIRST Robotics through the FIRST in Minnesota Planning Committee, which jointly administers the competition. More than that, it’s a fun way for qualifying teams to play the current year’s game, STEAMworks, for one last time in a full arena setting.

Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Recap

By Simone V., April 15, 2017

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.

The Weeks in-Between Competitions

By Simone V., March 26, 2017

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.