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Allison S. was one of the The Green Machine members who participated in the 2015 National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. Speaking to elected officials about the importance of funding STEM education was only part of the adventure. After traveling to Washington DC to advocate for STEM education, members of 1816 are getting some rest after a long journey back home. The morning we were scheduled to leave, we attended the weekly “Breakfast with Al,” a meet-and-greet held by MN Senator Al Franken. Originally, we were scheduled to meet, greet, take a photo and then dash to the airport for the trip back home. However, that’s not how it turned out. Our original flight was delayed, and then delayed again.
Monday, July 20, 2015 (All day) - Friday, July 24, 2015 (All day)
Monday, July 27, 2015 (All day) - Thursday, July 30, 2015 (All day)
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, August 3, 2015 (All day) - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (All day)
Monday, August 10, 2015 (All day) - Thursday, August 13, 2015 (All day)
1816 members are upgrading from Team polos and khakis to business attire in order to meet government officials in Washington DC. Our Team has been invited to participate with Team 27 RUSH in their 2nd annual National Advocacy Conference (NAC) from June 14th to 16th. This actually will be Team 1816's 3rd trip to our Nation's Capitol, where we meet with our Representatives and Senators to discuss STEM issues that concern us and directly impact our educations. This year, we are centering our discussions on FIRST Robotics, ESEA re-authorization (known now as the Every Child Achieves Act), STEM education programs, and EdTech programs. Our Team will be meeting with district Representatives Messrs. Paulsen, Ellison, and Kline.
After an incredibly successful World Championships, where our Team was selected for the playoffs on the Curie Field, The Green Machine returned from St. Louis to prepare for one last competition. In Duluth earlier this year, our robot made it into the Quarterfinals and we won the Lake Superior Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, which earned us enough points to qualify our Team for for the 4th annual Minnesota State High School League Championship! On May 16, Team 1816 will return to Williams Arena to compete with 29 other Minnesota FIRST teams at the one-day event. This day is guaranteed to be packed with fast-paced robot action and exciting to watch.
1816 Pit Crew
1816 Pit Crew
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Having returned from FIRST Championships at the end of April, members of 1816 are scrambling to catch up on sleep, school, and everything else that was suspended for robotics. This year, with 30 new members, we brought our largest contingent of team members-ever to St Louis. In the pool of over 600 FRC teams, we were in competition for the Entrepreneurship Award, the Engineering Inspiration award, and the most prestigious award of FIRST, the Chairman's award. On Curie field, we were the first pick in the fifth seeded alliance and finished seventh overall in the quarterfinals.