Outreach

Outreach

Team 1816 recognizes that outreach helps further the FIRST mission of creating opportunities for students interested in careers in technology, science, math, and engineering.

Whether it’s mentoring other FIRST Robotics teams, introducing FIRST Robotics to new schools and students, or making presentations to the community-at-large, Outreach is a vital component of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC program. Year-round, Team 1816 develops and hosts Outreach events. In this section, we list a sampling of stories about those activities.

 

Outreach Events

2nd Annual STEM Career Night at EHS Reaches for Inspiration

By Sarah W., October 19, 2014
Outreach

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.


Save the Date – STEM Career Showcase

By Erika D., September 30, 2014
Outreach

The Green Machine will host its second annual STEM Career Showcase on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. STEM professionals will gather at Edina High School as panelists, give presentations about their own careers, and afterwards hold a “career fair” for anyone with questions!

The professions represented will range from university-level medical research to patent attorney – and, of course, plenty of engineers!

•         Free and open to the public

•         Monday, November 3rd, 2014 - 6:30 to 9 PM

•         Fick Auditorium, Edina High School

Questions for The Green Machine?  Email us!


Why Go All The Way to Woodbury?

By Willem J., August 18, 2014
Outreach

Given my own age it will sound strange to say this, but I will say it anyway: kids are the key to the future. Without them (or should I say us?), any prospective future development, no matter the extensity of ideas, the availability of material, remains the fantasy of science fiction writers – purely speculative and, to the minds of a stagnated era, slightly outlandish. Kids have such a value to society because they bring the fresh perspective, one developed out of the unique environment of their generation, spawning the newest innovations and academic inquiries. I think FIRST was founded with this in mind.


Making Connections at the Children’s Museum

By Ivy B., December 26, 2013
Outreach
Teaching Children about Circuits

Teaching Children about Circuits

Teaching Children about Circuits

Teaching Children about Circuits
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On a cold, snowy December Saturday, The Green Machine held a huge outreach event, which also included FRC teams 2052-KnightKrawler and 2177-Robettes, as well as FTC team 7231-Blue Plasma. There was a robotics-related activity on all floors of the Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul, designed to help spread interest in STEM.

On the first floor, team competition robots threw soft basketballs to kids and parents, who got a glimpse of how machines could be used for play. All three FRC teams donated the abilities of their 2012 “Rebound Rumble” robots to the effort of making children smile.


Doing a Moonwalk at MOA

By Rebecca E., November 3, 2012
Outreach
FIRST Team 1816 will make a special appearance at the Mall of America Rotunda, Friday November 9.

FIRST Team 1816 will make a special appearance at the Mall of America Rotunda, Friday November 9. The Green Machine will be a part of a special demonstration leading up to the live stream demonstration of a future on the moon as envisioned by FIRST Tech Challenge Team “Fish in the Boat.”  Fish in the Boat, Lakeville, is one of only 30 teams worldwide to make it to the finals of the Google Moonbots competition, which challenges teams of students to devise plans to send a robot to the moon! This phase of the Moonbots competition challenges finalist teams to hold live-steam events.


Stepping Outside the Workshop

By Lauren W., October 8, 2012
Outreach
Look for our Green Shirts on October 13th, when Team 1816 will take part in the 4th annual Edina Day of Service alongside one of our sponsors, Dow Water and Process Solutions, to clean up Lewis Park and Lake Edina Park.

The Green Machine is plenty active throughout the year, and it may come as a surprise, but most of our activity is not 100% competing the robot. Community service and outreach (teaching others about science and technology) is a major component of FIRST Robotics. It’s not enough to learn how to build a robot! This very specific function of FIRST sets this organization apart from other robot competitions. The best part is, it gets us out of the classroom and the workshop!


Robots Satisfy Engineering Curiosity

By Lauren W., September 27, 2012
Outreach

It never really gets old! The Green Machine on Saturday once again discovered that small children and robots go together like peanut butter and jelly. Team 1816 , along with FRC Teams 2220-Blue Twilight and 2169-KING TeC, joined forces to bringing together robots Large (FRC robots), Medium (FTC robots) and Small (Legos), for a day aimed at satisfying the pre-school set’s curiosity about what is this thing called science and engineering. At the Minnesota Children's Museum, there were demonstrations from the University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas; Stratasys, a 3D printing company and sponsor of The Green Machine, and even real-life engineers from the public works department of the City of Golden Valley. All of these groups, and more, were on hand to help out with the museum's "Curious about Engineering" special exhibit.


Is Blue Our New Green?

By Rachel E., July 21, 2012
Outreach
Getting the Middle Zone Ready

Getting the Middle Zone Ready

Getting the Middle Zone Ready

Getting the Middle Zone Ready
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In an unusual occurrence, The Green Machine turned blue!  FIRST Team 1816 volunteered to help staff the first-ever Twin Cities Color Run.  The Color Run, dubbed “The happiest 5K on the planet,” took place on the State Fair Grounds, Saint Paul. The Color Run is also a charity run, and the event company selects a partner agency in each city in which the race is run.  This year’s beneficiary was Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. “The Color Run event and Team 1816’s gift of their time and talents helped raised much needed funds for those who are hungry and homeless and raised awareness to over 19,000 people,” said Tom Mulhere, Resource Director of Open Your Heart. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless is dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless through grants to organizations that provide services to this community.


Sun, Fun and Lego Robotics

By Rebecca E., July 21, 2012
Outreach
Joe and Girl Scouts Work on an Elevator

Joe and Girl Scouts Work on an Elevator

Joe and Girl Scouts Work on an Elevator

Joe and Girl Scouts Work on an Elevator
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In mid-July, The Green Machine traded in the usual Girl Scout supply list of bug spray, hiking boots, and tents for Legos, Legos, and more Legos!  For a fourth year, The Green Machine went to Robotics Camp with the Girl Scouts.  At this July camp, 39 excited young girls entering grades 3 through 9 came to build and program their very own Lego robots. This camp, held in Minneapolis, was split into two levels. In Level One, girls learned how to make a vehicle move forward and in reverse. They also created an elevator that moved up and down.  On the last day, the girls were able to figure out how to connect the Lego vehicle and the elevator by using a touch sensor. When the Lego vehicle hit a wall, it activated the sensor and triggered the elevator to move up and down.


Enjoying the Outdoors at Calvary Lutheran

By Lauren W., July 13, 2012
Outreach
Digging Out Patio Footprint

Digging Out Patio Footprint

Digging Out Patio Footprint

Digging Out Patio Footprint
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We thought once we were unpacked from Championships, we’d have a bit of downtime to catch up on things like homework and end of year finals. Turns out, we were busy from the moment we returned with several community projects. Of these, the one we enjoyed most (because we were outside all the time!), The Green Machine developed and built both a new outdoor patio and community garden at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Edina. Throughout the year, and especially during the FIRST Robotics season, the Calvary Lutheran Church allows us to use their building for brainstorming and other such meetings. What better way to convey our thanks and gratitude than by helping this congregation with projects that require particular expertise.