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Zeke is in the Bag

Posted by Lauren on February 19, 2014

The 2014 Build season is over and, while we are all sad to stop working, we are pleased to welcome to the FIRST competitions The Green Machine's 2014 robot, Zeke. Zeke has a mecanum drive train for optimal maneuverability. He's fitted with a catapult shooter fabricated out of harpoon tubing elastic which glides smoothly over a 3D printed roller. The intent is to shoot into the high goal with reasonable accuracy. Zeke also has a wheeled ball collector, which doubles as a low goal shooter. Furthermore, our robot is able to to catch the giant exercise balls and shoot over the mid-field truss. Excitement is building to see how well Zeke does in the real competitions.


Week 0 Scrimmages

Posted by Lauren on February 9, 2014

On Saturday February 15th, The Green Machine will be attending the Week 0 scrimmage at Centennial Lakes High School hosted by FRC 2052-KnightKrawlers and FRC 2472-Centurions. This is an exciting event because this allows us to learn what a real competition looks like as well as what is important in this year's game before we bag up our robots. We cannot wait to see all of the different designs teams have come up with for Aerial Assist. Part of the magic of FIRST is coopertition and this year's game is centered on this concept. I can't wait to see how well teams work together and succeed.


FIRST Day is Saturday!

Posted by Lauren on February 6, 2014

The Green Machine is hosting our annual STEM day this Saturday, February 8th at Edina High School. This year our FTC and FLL teams - including Piece of Cake, Easy as Pi, Motor Bolts, Mechanical Monkeys, and the Robo Droids - are joining us for a full day of FIRST STEM. We are so excited to have our sibling teams with us for our annual STEM day to help spread the word of FIRST in our community. Everyone will be bringing something to demo for this family-friendly event. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend to learn about what FIRST is and what it is that we do. Students of every age will learn about a type of program they could join to express their innovative ideas and learn about engineering and teamwork.


Blast Off to the Future

Posted by Guest Blogger on February 2, 2014

Kevin Kruempelstaedter was a 2013 co-Captain of Team 1816. Now at Cornell University, his intended major is aerospace engineering.

Kevin's Flyer

Kevin's Flyer

Kevin's Flyer

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The benefits of a FIRST experience are extensive. Not only is the experience itself one of the most enjoyable things you will ever do in high school, but the experience will also pay dividends for years down the line. My FIRST experience both changed my view of engineering and enabled me to do far more than the average college freshman. Most people do not have the opportunity to participate in such an amazing program, and having the experience early makes all of the difference to employers and program leaders. FIRST is a once in a lifetime chance in that they do not ask you to have experience to join, and that is becoming increasingly rare.


The Cold Isn't Stopping Us

Posted by Lauren on January 28, 2014

This build season has been fantastic! All of our subteams have been working together very well to come up with what may possibly be the best robot yet! This week we are finishing up some testing and refining, and programming is underway full speed. Zeke is turning out to be a great shooting robot with a very mobile mecanum drive train. The elastic “shooter” seems to be working with a lot of accuracy and minimal stretching of the band. From CAD, we have a pretty good idea of how the robot will turn out, but truly we cannot wait to see Zeke actually running and obeying the programmer’s commands. Which brings me to our annual open house, FIRST Day in Edina! On Feb. 8th, we are hosting our annual STEM day community open house!


Projects In 6 Weeks

Posted by Guest Blogger on January 12, 2014
Dan Purdy

FIT Senior Project

Dan Purdy

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Hello, my name is Dan Purdy and I am a past captain of the Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816. I was a member of this team from 2006 to 2010 and I am now I senior studying aerospace engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. This year I am a member of a senior design team working to construct a variable aspect ratio unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Essentially, on takeoff the UAV’s wings will be fully extended in order to generate the most lift and make takeoff as easy and efficient as possible. When the UAV reaches cruising altitude the outer section of the wings will be retracted in order to decrease the drag of the aircraft and increase efficiency. When the UAV reaches its mission location, the wings can again be extended in order to increase the amount of time that the UAV can spend conducting its mission, and the wings will again be retracted for the return flight. Our team foresees this vehicle being used by farmers in order to check on the condition of crops over large areas or biologists to check vegetation and wildlife conditions over similarly large areas. 


Exploring New Terra

Posted by Guest Blogger on December 18, 2013

Hey! I'm Alex O'Neill, a recent alumnus of FIRST Team 1816 - The Green Machine. After leaving the team, I've been working hard here at Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing what I love: Computer Science! I am incredibly thankful for my FIRST robotics team, and I cannot thank them enough for helping me get here!


Ringing Bells and Lighting Up LEDS

Posted by Lauren on December 15, 2013

Saturday, The Green Machine was at the Minnesota Children's Museum along with 2052-KnightKrawlers, 2177-Robettes, a FTC team from Eagan, and our sponsor, 3d printing company Stratasys, for Robot Day. We brought Zephyr, our basketball-playing robot from 2012’s Rebound Rumble game, to demo for kids and families and show them how she works. We also brought Zed, our robot from 2013’s Ultimate Ascent, to demonstrate how creativity and 3D printing can come together to make some really cool stuff (like deliver Frisbees to shooting mechanism). The Green Machine along with the Robettes also showed kids how to make use wiring to make simple circuits to light up LEDs and ring bells!  It was a great turn out and everyone had tons of fun. 

 


Robots, Up Close and Personal

Posted by Lauren on December 8, 2013

Step out of the cold and into our world of Robots on Saturday December 14 at the Minnesota Children’s Museum! Robot Day at the MCM is for kids of all ages (and even adults)! From 10 AM to 2 PM, there will be robots big and small, from FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge and the FIRST Robotics Competition. The Green Machine will be there on all four floors of the museum, with robots on the first floor all the way to 3D printing demos and a variety of hands-on “CIRCUITS” activities to light up LEDs and to ring bells. Perfect for the holiday season! 


The Places We Go

Posted by Guest Blogger on November 29, 2013
Michael Woolsey

Michael Woolsey, 1816’s 2012 Captain, on maneuvers with the IDF “somewhere” in the Negev Desert, southern Israel

Michael Woolsey

Michael Woolsey, 1816’s 2012 Captain, on maneuvers with the IDF “somewhere” in the Negev Desert, southern Israel
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Michael Woolsey was Captain of The Green Machine during the 2012 Season. He sent us this update about where his FIRST experience as taken him – so far.

It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that I was writing my final website entry as captain of 1816. That being said, a lot has happened over the last two years. My involvement with the University of Minnesota Army ROTC program has provided me with many awesome opportunities already including a short-term deployment to Israel to build relationships with the Israel Defense Forces. I am part of the U of M’s brand new Industrial and Systems Engineering undergrad program which I hope to apply shortly as a US Army Logistics or Engineering Officer.