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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
As we approach the middle of the 6-week robot build season, The Green Machine is working hard to make the Week Zero event for the Southwest Hub a success. This pre-season competition is a mock regional competition, complete with robot pits and a full field with all of the FIRST STEAMWORKS game elements. These Week Zero events are held all over Minnesota as well as around the country. The practice events provide FIRST teams with a chance to see how their robot will perform ahead of the stop-build/bag-up-robots day on February 21st.
In 2015, TEDx hosted a conference in Edina, bringing together ministers, scientists, professors, authors and global change-makers for a day of interesting discussion. TEDx returns January 21, bringing another opportunity for the community to engage with speakers, influential persons, and The Green Machine, all of which represent culture-change in specific ways.
The Green Machine engages in many community outreach events throughout the year, but as the pre-season winds down, there is one event that brings tremendous satisfaction and celebration. At the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior tournaments in Edina in December, The Green Machine was delighted to be present to coach, mentor, and volunteer at the two days of the event. More than 500 students and their families came to Valley View Middle School to participate and cheer. Some even advanced to the sectional competitions on their way to the State Championship February 25 in St. Paul.
It seemed like the 2017 build season would never arrive but, now that we are digging into the challenges presented by FIRST STEAMWORKS, it seems that the busy pre-season was only a prelude to a calendar-packed build.
Immediately after the Kickoff broadcast Jan. 7, The Green Machine and Team 2239-Technocrats, Hopkins, dug into the game manual to find the robot rules and the game rules to determine “best-strategies.” Calling upon knowledge acquired throughout the preseason, the teams came up with their initial strategies and game plans for the upcoming season.