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By Amy M., July 19, 2016
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Team 1816 is excited to share the skills we've learned in our last four years of advocating for FIRST and STEM! On September 24th, please join The Green Machine for the inaugural MAC: the Minnesota Advocacy Conference. The goal of this conference is to begin the hard work of sustaining FIRST in Minnesota! Our work will encompass best-strategies to raise awareness of FIRST and after-school mentored STEM programs, and advocate for STEM funding from our Minnesota legislature.

2016 National Advocacy Conference

By Amy M., June 11, 2016

On June 18th, Team 1816 will be making our fourth annual trip to Washington DC for the National Advocacy Conference. This event, hosted by Team 27 RUSH, attracts FIRST robotics teams from across the U.S. to this 3-day conference.  There, students are given the opportunity to talk to their Senators and Representatives about the importance of FIRST Robotics, STEM education (ESEA and Title IV-Part B funding in particular) and the expansion of science, technology, engineering and math programs overall. We also will take the opportunity to ask our delegation to support the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act which would authorize the US Treasury to mint a new $1 coin, with proceeds from proof and uncirculated coins helping to benefit FIRST programs.

State of STEM

By Amy M., June 6, 2016

One of the last things we do to wrap up our season, and to help launch us into next season, is to appear before the Edina City Council to present the "State of STEM" in our community. On June 7th, members of The Green Machine will be delivering this report, which talks about our team and its outreach activities to grow STEM and FIRST programs in Edina. This year alone, FIRST in Edina have grown 40%, with 194 Edina students now involved in all levels of FIRST (FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior). We're very excited to tell this story, and much more, to our city council representatives. The meeting is 7:00 pm and can also be viewed and via cable access Channel 16!