From the Blog
Michael Woolsey was Captain of The Green Machine during the 2012 Season. He sent us this update about where his FIRST experience as taken him – so far.
A preseason week in the world of FRC is usually spent learning about the new build tools or testing a new programming feature that would enhance the robot’s performance. Here at Team 1816, not only are we preparing to build a robot, but each member is working extra hours to make sure that our team and our community grows around STEM and Gracious Professionalism. Whenever we think we’re not doing enough, we have only to look at a sample of one week in November.
November 4th from 7 to 9 pm, Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816 - The Green Machine is hosting a STEM Career Showcase at Edina High School. At this event, we will be introducing attendees to a wide variety of STEM careers and learn from these experts what it is really like, on a daily basis, to be a STEM professional. Our panelists, ranging from engineering to medical research, will give broad overviews of their STEM careers. Immediately afterward, we will host a “STEM Career Fair” with presentations from a dozen STEM professionals. Attendees will be free to go about visiting various STEM professionals to ask about their STEM careers. We really look forward to being able to introduce our community to the vast possibilities to be found in STEM careers.
Saturday October 12 was an exciting time for The Green Machine as Team 1816 attended this year’s Minnesota Robotics Invitational, a small competition intended to give rookies a taste of the competitions as well as kick off the year for returning members. The event took place at Roseville Area High School and was sponsored by FRC Team 2846-The Firebears. Although small, with just thirty teams present (one all the way from Eau Claire, Wisconsin), the MRI was said to be an accurate portrayal of the team spirit, robotic capabilities, and gracious professionalism always evident with FRC. Edina’s robot ZED performed at unfortunately below-optimum levels but was still chosen as a ‘backup’ robot. It was the autonomous program that got the attention of the alliance captain, but the robot’s flashing green Gear Eyes couldn’t have hurt.