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Introducing Zenith, Our 2016 Robot

By Amy M., February 12, 2016

The Green Machine is working overtime to finish our 2016 robot, Zenith. We'd like to show you what we've made this year! Our annual Build Season Open House takes place on Saturday, February 20. Stop by the Edina High Schoo​l in the Performing Arts wing (EPAC)​, noon to 2 pm to catch a sneak peak of Zenith before our first competition in Duluth at the Lake Superior Regional. Can't make it Saturday? Team 1816 will be on the field for a Week Zero event at Chanhassen High School on Sunday, February 21. This all day event is hosted by the South West Metro Hub, led this year by FRC Team 4778-Stormbots. This scrimmage will provide a preview of the FIRST STRONGHOLD game in action.


Mid-season already?

By Amy M., January 31, 2016

We're still trying to comprehend this ourselves, but FRC teams are already nearing the halfway point of build season! The CAD and Control Systems & Programming subteams have been immersed in weeks of discussion and prototyping, and have turned over to the 1816 builders plans to assemble our 2016 robot. The FIRST STRONGHOLD designs have kept our business and marketing subteams busy, too, with new T-shirts and a Team Standard in the works. Despite the frenzy of build, 1816s outreach commitments continue. On Saturday, February 6th, we will be at the MN Children's Museum for robot demonstrations and STEM activities. With much of the museum under renovation, we’ll be in The Lodge (on the fifth floor of the Children's Museum). Then, join us on Feb.


Capture the Castle!

By Amy M., January 12, 2016

We’ve been teased for months with animated glimpses of what could possibly be the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game, and on January 9, the secret was revealed! FIRST Team 1816 – The Green Machine, joined with 92 other FRC teams at Northrop Auditorium on the University of MN campus, and via webstream around the world, more than 75,000 high school students saw the full reveal of the 2016 game, FIRST ™ STRONGHOLD. Judging by audience reaction at the Kickoff, this game is definitely more challenging and certainly more intriguing because teams can choose combinations of different field elements as part of their defense.