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The Season Continues!

By Amy M., April 17, 2016

On March 23rd, in a late-season snow and ice storm, The Green Machine headed south toward Cedar Falls, IA, to compete in the Iowa Regional. This was the first time a FIRST Robotics Competition regional event has been held in Iowa, and teams as far away as Brazil and China came to the University of Northern Iowa to compete. It was a tough competition, robot-wise, for the team. It seemed more problems popped up in every match! However, Team 1816 overall won the Gracious Professionalism award and an Honorable Mention for the Underwriters Laboratories Safety Award (also known as the UL Safety Hard Hat awards). In addition, two of our team members, Brandon and Allison, were selected to be Dean's List Finalists.

Look Mom, Robots!

By Amy M., March 20, 2016

A FIRST competition season has a momentum and schedule vastly different from the one we have during the 6-week robot build period. Team 1816 is truly in the midst of competition season, and although the Iowa Regional is just days away, our outreach events do not stop.

Now, we're getting everything packed and ready for the Iowa Regional on March 24-26. This is the first time a FRC regional has been held in Iowa. All of the events are webcast, with distribution from NASA. You can find the Iowa event here. Please cheer us on from home or in-person in Cedar Falls. We're very excited to see what this competition will hold!

Open House, Town Hall, Duluth!

By Amy M., March 1, 2016

After six intensive weeks of build season, it's finally time for us to pack the trailer with our 2016 robot, Zenith, and drive north on 35 to Duluth for the FIRST Lake Superior regional competition. Our first regional is March 3 – 5, 2016 at the DECC, in Duluth. While builders were busy bagging and tagging on February 23rd – and making a short video about the robot design process -- our team sent three representatives to the Edina Town Hall meeting held by our state Representatives and Senator. These are primarily "listening sessions," when citizens have a chance to ask their elected officials questions about issues important to them.