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Green Machine Gears Up for Robots in the Rotunda

By Harini J. and Jonah R. , February 12, 2018
STEM Advocacy Day

STEM Advocacy Day

STEM Advocacy Day

STEM Advocacy Day
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STEM comes to the State Capitol! Please join FRC 1816-The Green Machine and Minnesota FIRST teams for STEM Advocacy Day and Robots in the Rotunda at the Minnesota State Capitol, Monday February 26th, 10 AM - 12 noon. This event, sponsored by Edina state Senator Melisa Franzen and Rep. Dario Anselmo, will feature the best of STEM school programs in our state. Joining 1816 will be FRC teams from Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Becker, Maple Grove, the Twin Cities metro, and LaCrescent! This event takes place in the Capitol Rotunda. The event is free and open to the public, so please join us for this exciting day promoting STEM and FIRST at the State Capitol!

Halfway to Bag Day

By Oscar W., January 27, 2018

When FIRST says plan for weather to interrupt build, weather really happens. Due to heavy snow and cold weather Jan. 22-23, we didn't have access to our shop after-school and then had a snow day due to 12” to 14” of snow! Snow, combined with semester finals, curtailed all of our regular robot-build and programming hours. However, even after all of the complications this week, our 2018 robot (nicknamed ZZbot) has a moving and completed drivetrain, a solid collector mechanism, and a ramp mechanism that is rolling from prototype into its final iterations.

2018 Build Season Kick-Off

By Harini J., January 13, 2018

FIRST Teams around the world are now exploring the challenges presented by this year’s engineering game challenge, FIRST POWER UP, and are sure to have a packed 6-week build season. In this year’s challenge, each three-team alliance earns points and prepares to escape the arcade game they’re trapped in. They do this by using power cubes to control switches and the scale, and get points for how long they have control of each. Alliances can also use their power cubes for “power-ups,” to gain ownership of switches and scales, to gain an extra climb, and to boost their point totals. Extra points can be won during the endgame by climbing the scale to “face the boss.”