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FIRST Robotics Day in Edina

By Sarah W., December 7, 2014

Have you ever wondered how to get your first-grade student involved with FIRST Robotics? Or maybe you would like to see robots in head-to-head competition? For the first time ever, you can see three FIRST Robotics programs in one day, one campus, in Edina! Saturday, December 13, teams from around the state will converge to compete in Junior FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. In all, there will be 66 teams, all ages, all levels, at these three tournaments taking place at Valley View Middle School and Edina High School EPAC lobby. There will also be FIRST Robotics demos by Team 1816. We’ll have our 2014 robot, ZEKE, tossing the big exercise balls throughout the day.

News Updates from The Green Machine

By Sarah W., November 18, 2014
Working with Snap Circuits

Working with Snap Circuits

Working with Snap Circuits

Working with Snap Circuits
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It’s been a busy four weeks, barely time to capture all of the news and new things.  On November 15, we staged our second-annual Robot Day at the Minnesota Children's Museum to educate the ten-and under crowd about Robotics. Joining us were Teams 2052-KnightKrawler, 2500-HeroBotics and 2846-FireBears.  We set up an “introduction to wiring” using Snap Circuits, had a coloring book station, and did robot demos to let the children participate in the fun of playing with “Zeke.”  We showed 1,750 kids and their parents, siblings and other museum visitors how our robot works, and have them take the controls to feel what it’s like to drive a real FIRST robot. We combined our Computer-Aided Design (CAD) students with those from KnightKrawler, to demonstration how CAD works. Not only were many fascinated by the images and the CREO software that was used to create detailed drawings, but Knight Krawler brought a small 3D printer and printed FIRST logos giveaways for the kids and parents who stopped by the CAD booth.

2nd Annual STEM Career Night at EHS Reaches for Inspiration

By Sarah W., October 19, 2014

What does it really mean to have a career in STEM? Come find out along with The Green Machine. On November 3rd from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, FRC Team 1816 is sponsoring a STEM Career Showcase and Career Fair at Edina High School. Those attending this evening’s event will get to hear and see many STEM careers in action. Geared primarily to students in middle-school and older, there will be lightning talks and STEM booths staffed by representatives from STEM-related fields and disciplines. 1816 has arranged for speakers from different STEM fields – including biomedical engineering, product research engineering, medical science and computer engineering.