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Once More, Robots Take Over Mariucci Arena

By Amy M., May 19, 2016

Saturday, May 21st marks the 5th annual MSHSL FIRST Robotics State Championship! The Green Machine won our way into this competition with our robot performance at the Lake Superior Regional, week one (March 5) in Duluth. This makes us one of two Minnesota FRC teams (along with FRC Team 2052- KnightKrawler) to have qualified for every MSHSL state championship since its inception. Although the FIRST Stronghold season is wrapping up, we're very excited to be able to play the game once more. This competition is free and open to the public. Stop by Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota this Saturday to see Zenith in action!

The Season Continues!

By Amy M., April 17, 2016

On March 23rd, in a late-season snow and ice storm, The Green Machine headed south toward Cedar Falls, IA, to compete in the Iowa Regional. This was the first time a FIRST Robotics Competition regional event has been held in Iowa, and teams as far away as Brazil and China came to the University of Northern Iowa to compete. It was a tough competition, robot-wise, for the team. It seemed more problems popped up in every match! However, Team 1816 overall won the Gracious Professionalism award and an Honorable Mention for the Underwriters Laboratories Safety Award (also known as the UL Safety Hard Hat awards). In addition, two of our team members, Brandon and Allison, were selected to be Dean's List Finalists.

Look Mom, Robots!

By Amy M., March 20, 2016

A FIRST competition season has a momentum and schedule vastly different from the one we have during the 6-week robot build period. Team 1816 is truly in the midst of competition season, and although the Iowa Regional is just days away, our outreach events do not stop.

Now, we're getting everything packed and ready for the Iowa Regional on March 24-26. This is the first time a FRC regional has been held in Iowa. All of the events are webcast, with distribution from NASA. You can find the Iowa event here. Please cheer us on from home or in-person in Cedar Falls. We're very excited to see what this competition will hold!