From the Blog
As the 2015 Build season reaches its mid-point, we pause to consider how far we’ve actually come since Kickoff. All of the robot-build subteams (CAD, programming, build) are putting in long hours in the workshop to prototype, program, or figure out how best to promote our team. While busy preparing for competition, we’re also talking to sponsors (27 and counting this year alone!) and our community, which has supported us more and more each year. As part of our 10th anniversary, we’ve been invited by the Edina Education Fund’s “Show and Tell” event. Edina Education Fund was one of our first sponsors who helped get The Green Machine off the ground 10 years ago, and the fund continues to support us in so many ways.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:00am - 1:30pm
Team 1816—The Green Machine is pleased to announce that it will be a featured presenter at the Edina Education Fund's "Show & Tell" luncheon on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Church of St. Patrick in Edina. The Edina Education Fund's annual luncheon showcases innovative courses and student activities supported by the Education Fund, giving members of the community a chance to meet students and teachers and learn more about the many exciting student activities on offer in the Edina School District. Each year, representatives from one or two student activities are invited to speak at the luncheon, and this year, one of these invitations went to Team 1816!
Ten years ago, The Green Machine began building its first-ever FIRST robot, taking over the kitchen of founding captain Chris Miller. Since then, we’ve expanded from 14 members to 50; our STEM outreach extends worldwide, and we’ve firmly established FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League and Junior FIRST Lego League in Edina. None of this would be possible without the support of our corporate and individual sponsors. This year, more than 80% of our sponsors are multi-year donors, most notably Medtronic Inc., Fridley, MN, and the Edina Education Fund. Both of these sponsors have been aiding and assisting our team since the beginning.
Already the days of the 2015 FIRST Robotics robot build are flying by! Hard to believe that it will be a matter of weeks before we zip our 2015 robot ZEBRAH into its regulation giant plastic bag to head to the Lake Superior Regional. On January 3, it was the day we have all been waiting for….the 2015 FIRST Robotics Kick off! The Green Machine along with 93 other FRC teams congregated at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium to watch the broadcast announcing this years’ game. We could barely stay in our seats, squirming with anticipation, when the game animation video began. This year’s game is RECYCLE RUSH SM!