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!
We welcome Ivy B as our newest blogger. Wonder where she'll take us in 2015? On Saturday, The Green Machine tested the waters of a new kind of outreach with the Cold Water Challenge. We were nominated by our fellow Minnesota team 3018 Nordic Storm to jump into a chilly lake or donate to the Cancer Fund for Landon. We then nominated other FIRST Teams to do the same. You can watch them at http://youtu.be/WVubnUeUFmo. The brave swimmers had been misinformed that the water was “perfectly fine,” but still had a blast, as you may be able to see and hear in the video.
The Green Machine is so psyched to go to Championships in St. Louis this year! We’ve been working hard on our practice robot and have tried out several new ideas for Zeke, our 2014 robot, to make him stronger and better than ever. After our Finalist finish at the North Star Regional in Minneapolis, we are optimistic about Championships -- even more so now that Zeke's twin has been taken out for several practice drives. Our drive team is ready to assist and score! Stop by and visit with The Green Machine when you’re in St. Louis. Stop by our bright green pit, whether for visiting, scouting or need help with a mechanism or software. Good luck to everyone this week!
At the North Star Regional, The Green Machine was very excited to see our robot Zeke do very well in the competition. He more than lived up to our expectations -- Zeke ended up ranking 3rd at the end of Qualifications! Working with our alliance partners, we ended up robot-to robot in the Finals, working very hard to the very last second of the very last match. While we ended this event as Event Finalists, we are so proud of our team's accomplishments this year with regard to our well designed robot and how well it performed at regionals. We cannot wait to see what we can do at Championships in St. Louis. We also won the Gracious Professionalism award and were an honorable mention for the Industrial Safety Award at this regional as well.
The Green Machine is going to the FIRST World Championships! Thanks to our wonderful team members who worked tirelessly on essays, the video, presentations and speeches, as well as to the rest of the team that turned out all year for countless outreach events and community projects, Team 1816 won the Chairman’s Award at the Lake Superior Regional! At the same time, our robot, Zeke, also did very well during this competition. Our final rank was 16th -- and we were picked by the 8th rank alliance. We battled fiercely through four quarterfinal matches against the #1 alliance – and fell just short of making it to the semi-finals. All and all this past weekend was super fun and full of great accomplishments. Before we get to St.
Zeke is going to the Double-DECCer in Duluth! The Green Machine is going to our first 2014 competition this weekend in Duluth, Minnsota. We are competing in the Lake Superior Regional. We are all so excited to be able to see all the other designs and solutions to this years game. We believe Zeke cannot wait to see how well he will run in a real competition. For the spectators (and parents) who are reading this, these competitions are free and so much fun! This is a great activity if you have kids who are interested in engineering or who just want to see a bunch of robots compete against each other. We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Kruempelstaedter was a 2013 co-Captain of Team 1816. Now at Cornell University, his intended major is aerospace engineering.
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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.