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Seagate Opens Its Doors for Demos and Tour

By Simone V., June 21, 2017
Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day

Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day

Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day

Teams 1816, 2502 and 3042 brought their robots to Seagate Employee Appreciation Day
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The Green Machine on June 15th visited its sponsor, Seagate, for a day of robot demos and a facilities tour. The team brought its 2017 season competition robot, Zeppelin, for a demo to Seagate employees and guests as part of Seagate’s Employee Appreciation Day. On this day the company showcased the work performed by employees over the last year, as well as the community outreach activities in which it has participated.


Engaging Girls in STEM

By Simone V., June 8, 2017
GEMS Demo

GEMS Demo

GEMS Demo

GEMS Demo
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The Green Machine on May 17th hosted a robot demo for the South View Middle School GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club. A total of 15 girls from grades 6-7 attended the demo, which was held in Team 1816’s robot build space within the Edina High School theatre workshop.

GEMS is an international organization that aims to encourage young women to become engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The first GEMS club was founded in 1994; today the organization has helped to kickstart dozens of GEMS and Jr. GEMS clubs across the nation, including several housed within Minneapolis Public Schools.


1816 Places 2nd at MSHSL/FIRST State!

By Simone V., June 4, 2017
1816 Finished 2nd at the 2017 State Tournament

1816 Finished 2nd at the 2017 State Tournament

1816 Finished 2nd at the 2017 State Tournament

1816 Finished 2nd at the 2017 State Tournament
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The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) on May 20th hosted the 6th annual MSHSL/FIRST State Robotics Championship, an event that this year drew the 36 top-qualifying FIRST Robotics teams from throughout the state. Although we finished 33rd in qualifications, The Green Machine was selected by Team 5172-Gators, Greenbush-Middle River, and Team 2169-KingTeC, Prior Lake, to complete the first-seed alliance. Our robot. Zeppelin, complemented the other two robots in our alliance, and the winner was determined by a 3rd match tie-breaker. Unfortunately, our alliance placed second to the winning alliance comprised of Teams 2883-F.R.E.D, Warroad; 2512-Daredevils, Duluth, and 3130-ERRORS, Woodbury.


Closing out the 2017 Season at the MSHSL State Tournament

By Simone V., May 17, 2017

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) helps promote FIRST Robotics as a high school Varsity sport, by holding an annual state tournament at the University of Minnesota prior to the end of the academic year. The State Tournament is affiliated with FIRST Robotics through the FIRST in Minnesota Planning Committee, which jointly administers the competition. More than that, it’s a fun way for qualifying teams to play the current year’s game, STEAMworks, for one last time in a full arena setting.


Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Recap

By Simone V., April 15, 2017

The Green Machine recently competed in the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional competition, where the team won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, qualifying us again to attend the FIRST World Championships in late April.

The award celebrates a team who demonstrates excellence in promoting engineering within their community. Winning the award means that the recipient team’s travel fee to the FIRST World Championship is paid for by NASA.


The Weeks in-Between Competitions

By Simone V., March 26, 2017

Competing at a Week One FIRST Regional event, such as the Lake Superior Regional, is like participating in a shake-down cruise. One never knows what the robot will really do until it is on a real FIRST competition field.

We finished 19th after the qualification matches in Duluth, just enough matches to show us what work remains ahead. One of our newest team sponsors, HID Global, Eden Prairie, offered us time and space for additional practice, using our second (practice) robot. While there, we are working on improvements to the robot and driving techniques before competing in the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional competition at the University of Minnesota.


March Outreach Madness

By Simone V., March 26, 2017

On March 9th, Green Machine members Harini J., Owen S., Jack H, and Brandon S. visited AP Government classrooms at Valley View Middle School to give presentations about STEM in the legislature to possible team rookies. The presentation highlighted ways that kids can get involved with STEM by talking to elected officials.


Regional Chairman's Award Win

By Simone V., March 12, 2017

Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816 won the Regional Chairman's Award at the March 2-4, 2017 Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, MN. The Chairman's Award is considered the most prestigious award conferred on teams by FIRST. At each event, it is awarded to a single team that, in the Judges' opinion, best exemplifies FIRST goals of culture-change to inspire greater awareness and respect for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Green Machine focused on creating an award submission package that showcased all that 1816 has done over the past five years, with emphasis on this current 2017 Season, in regard to outreach, STEM advocacy, and the impact of FIRST on our team overall. Each submission must include a three-minute video, which is shown at the end of the competition.  Please watch our video, created by Caroline H., here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVIejxYJuwo


Robots in the Rotunda – District 49 Day

By Morgan S., February 20, 2017

Please join The Green Machine, FRC Team 2239-Technocrats and FRC Team 2502-Talon for District 49 Day at the Minnesota State Capitol, Friday February 24, 8 am to 12 noon. Our FIRST Robotics teams are featured in the Capitol Rotunda by three state legislators who represent Edina: Senator Melisa Franzen, Rep. Dario Anselmo, and Rep. Paul Rosenthal. District 49 Day is a chance for constituents to enjoy exhibitions from schools within Senate District 49; a meet- and -greet with legislators; a mini “town hall” meeting, and tours of the newly-renovated Capitol building.


Mentoring Our Younger Edina Teams

By Brandon S., February 7, 2017

Mentoring Edina teams that are in the younger FIRST programs is a big part of 1816’s community outreach. From September until end of the competition season for FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST LEGO League Jr., The Green Machine spreads out to offer mentoring and coaching to Edina-based teams. There’s still time to catch the state’s top LEGO teams at the FLL State Tournament, Saturday February 25, hosted by High Tech Kids.