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Team 1816 on Capitol Hill: Meeting with Elected Officials

By Simone V., July 6, 2017
2017 NAC Ready For Our Capitol Hill Meetings

2017 NAC Ready For Our Capitol Hill Meetings

2017 NAC Ready For Our Capitol Hill Meetings

2017 NAC Ready For Our Capitol Hill Meetings
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Team 1816 on June 24th travelled to Washington, D.C to speak with Minnesota Senators and Members of Congress at the annual FIRST National Advocacy Conference. The conference was originally founded by Steve Hyer from FIRST Team 27 - RUSH, who wanted the NAC to serve as a way for FIRST teams to connect with their elected officials and advocate for funding for after-school STEM activities like FIRST Robotics.

While in Washington, The Green Machine held meetings with Minnesota Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. The Team also met with Members of Congress Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-District 3); Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-District 5), and Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-District 4). The main focus of all of these the meetings was to ask these Members of Congress and Senators to support the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), specifically Title IV, part A, which gives states block-grant funding for after-school activities. Such activities could include STEM-based programs, like FIRST Robotics.


Seagate Opens Its Doors for Demos and Tour

By Simone V., June 21, 2017
Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day

Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day

Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day

Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day
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The Green Machine on June 15th visited its sponsor, Seagate, for a day of robot demos and a facilities tour. The team brought its 2017 season competition robot, Zeppelin, for a demo to Seagate employees and guests as part of Seagate’s Employee Appreciation Day. On this day the company showcased the work performed by employees over the last year, as well as the community outreach activities in which it has participated.


Engaging Girls in STEM

By Simone V., June 8, 2017

The Green Machine on May 17th hosted a robot demo for the South View Middle School GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club. A total of 15 girls from grades 6-7 attended the demo, which was held in Team 1816’s robot build space within the Edina High School theatre workshop.

GEMS is an international organization that aims to encourage young women to become engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The first GEMS club was founded in 1994; today the organization has helped to kickstart dozens of GEMS and Jr. GEMS clubs across the nation, including several housed within Minneapolis Public Schools.