It Can't be MN Splash - Where's the Snow?

Posted by Guest Blogger on December 6, 2014

One of our rookie members, Sarah W., wrote this blog about Minnesota Splash, the last large scale pre-Kickoff gathering of Minnesota FIRST teams. On Saturday December 6th, The Green Machine went to The University of Minnesota to attend Minnesota Splash. There, rookies and veterans were able to attend seminars on sponsorship, engineering, awards, competition and more! We took notes on the things we didn't already know, hoping we can improve our robot and competition strategies for the upcoming season by learning tips from other teams and alumni. This was extremely beneficial, because the more we learn, the more we can improve what we do as FIRST team members and to share what we know with other teams.

Making STEM a Snap

Posted by IvyB on November 21, 2014

Our second annual Robot Day at the Minnesota Children's Museum was a big success! Along with KnightKrawler, FireBears and HeroBotics, The Green Machine had the opportunity to volunteer at the Minnesota Children's Museum to demonstrate our robots and run activities like basic electrical circuits via Snap Circuits to show how even young children can become involved with science, technology and engineering. We also introduced our new robot coloring book, which contains you-choose-the-color line drawings of each 1816 robot from the last nine years. The kids loved coloring Zeke and Zed as well as designing their own robots and learning about electricity with the toy circuits. The Star Tribune was there and a photo with the FireBears ran in the Sunday paper.

Still So Much To Do Before Kickoff

Posted by IvyB on November 8, 2014

How could it possibly be November already? If feels as if The Green Machine did just finish (as the captains of the winning alliance!) at the MRI in Roseville, and we’re now gearing up for a team retreat, Robot Day at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and both seminars and competition at the Minne-Mini.

Fast-Forwarding through Fall

Posted by IvyB on October 16, 2014

Ah, fall. Outreach opportunities are appearing like sweaters, sponsors on the backs of t-shirts are changing like leaves, our final member count marks a 50% increase from the 2014 season, and rookies are just starting to orient themselves and figure out which subteams to try. It's also a time to renew friendships, figure out what new skills were learned over the summer, what are the team's needs in the coming year, and ease back into the swing of competitions.

Our 2015 Marketing Video is Up!

Posted by IvyB on October 1, 2014

Our new team marketing video is up! Check it out at on YouTube, and get excited for our upcoming tenth season video, which will feature faces new and old as we continue to tell the story of this team and its legacy. Speaking of which, it seems 1816 will be expanding this year after a few years of holding steady in at around 35! 

Ten Years, Ten Reasons

Posted by IvyB on August 31, 2014

Welcome back returning members, and an even bigger welcome to our Rookies this year, as the school year resumes and pre-season planning is underway. 2014-15 is The Green Machine's tenth season as a FIRST Robotics team! In honor of this decade-long achievement, a big anniversary year, and our annual recruiting drive, here are (only) Ten Reasons to join 1816 this year:

10. The Green Machine is more involved and does more for the community and the world than almost any other Edina school-supported organization.

No Exit Strategy

Posted by Guest Blogger on July 28, 2014

We have often talked about FIRST as a progression: You join a FIRST Lego team in elementary school, then you work your way through school as part of FIRST Robotics, you study STEM in college, and once you’ve graduated from college, you look around for opportunities to volunteer and to mentor a team. This is certainly the case with Matt Mittag, a development engineer with Dow Water Solutions, Edina. When he moved here from Michigan, the first thing he did was search the web for a FIRST Robotics team. We’re truly glad that he found us! And we’re doubly pleased he’s sharing his skills as a mechanical engineer by volunteering as a Lead Robot Inspector at our Minnesota Regionals.

Grand Prix

Posted by Guest Blogger on July 20, 2014
Sam KenKnight (2nd from right) and engineering team members with the revamped precision power measurement device.

Sam KenKnight (2nd from right) and engineering team members with the revamped precision power measurement device.

Sam KenKnight (2nd from right) and engineering team members with the revamped precision power measurement device.

Sam KenKnight (2nd from right) and engineering team members with the revamped precision power measurement device.
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From time to time, The Green Machine hears from its alumni! Sam KenKnight, a robot builder/drive team member during our 2011and 2012 seasons, is currently studying electrical engineering at Purdue University. He sent us this very brief update.

Summer Solstice Already

Posted by IvyB on June 22, 2014

The Green Machine is keeping plenty busy this summer with outreach, off-season events, build sessions, and more. Eight of our team members are just back from the STEM Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. Plus, other members are in the midst of running Lego Robotics camps and planning is underway for additional camps in July with the Girl Scouts. Then there's the competitions at the State Fair in August. All of this as we begin our tenth year as a FIRST team and continuing working to spread the STEM message about FIRST throughout Minnesota.  Technical difficulties cannot ever stop us totally – at long last here’s our 2014 World Championships video.

3rd at State wraps a winning season

Posted by IvyB on June 1, 2014

The Green Machine wrapped up its 2014 competition season at the Minnesota State High School League State Championship at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Under a points system, we had qualified to compete in this one-day event by winning the Chairman's award earlier this year at the Lake Superior Regional. Our day was jam-packed beginning immediately with qualification matches, and we were cheered on by mentors, parents, and other “superfans” who were able to attend (special shout-out to our principal Doc Loc!). We know it was your support that helped our alliance win 3rd place at the competition, enabling us to bring home the first-ever third-place trophy!