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A Different Sort of Six-Week Robot Challenge

By Kirsten M., December 26, 2010
Judges Take Note at the Show

Judges Take Note at the Show.

Judges Take Note at the Show

Judges Take Note at the Show.
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Each fall, a sophomore level mechanical engineering class is given a challenge: In six  weeks, produce a robot that does “something interesting.” The robots are put on display for one-day only in early December, and several members of The Green Machine were able to attend the public show at the University of Minnesota. About 200 students designed, programmed and built the robots themselves and then had to present them to their peers, parents, judges, and the general public.


100% Safe at all Times

By Emily C., December 21, 2010

On Thursday, December 16, our team held its annual safety seminar, covering important topics such as proper lifting technique, working with batteries, and staying safe at competitions.

During build season and the crazed rush of competitions, it’s all too easy to start looking for shortcuts to save time.  Safety is something that can’t be cut short.  On Thursday, December 16, our team held its annual FIRST safety seminar, covering important topics such as proper lifting technique, working with batteries, and staying safe at competitions.  After the seminar, every member was given a fifteen-question quiz on the information that had been presented, and all of our members passed. We are now ready to start (safely) building Zeebo, our 2010-2011 season robot.


Minnesota Splash Helps FIRST Teams Get Ready for the Season Ahead

By Kirsten M., December 15, 2010
Kirsten and Emily at the 2010 Splash

Kirsten and Emily at the 2010 Splash.

Kirsten and Emily at the 2010 Splash

Kirsten and Emily at the 2010 Splash.
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Not even snow the night before stopped the Green Machine from hosting Minnesota Splash December 4 at the University of Minnesota. It did make it more difficult to push Zazu’s cart through the snow, but nevertheless, it arrived on time for the presentations at the new Science Teaching and Student Services Building. Although fewer teams were able to attend due to the snow, seminar rooms were still mostly packed for the morning of presentations. Everything from “how to survive 6 weeks of robot build” to how to put together marketing materials for sponsors was covered.


Breakaway Played Minne-Mini Style Proves Big Hit with FRC Teams

By Kirsten M., November 23, 2010

Team 1816 rolled Zazu, newly repaired after its somersault at the Minnesota State Fair this summer, to the Minne-Mini “Breakaway” Regional November 20. The team then kept its fingers crossed and programmers at the ready as the temperamental robot played its way through several tense qualification rounds.  Zazu was intermittently dropping communications and wouldn’t always respond to driver prompts. Still, we managed to finish well-enough that we were picked to be part of an alliance with Team 2472-Centurions, Centennial High School, and Team 2175-The Fighting Calculators, Woodbury Math and Science Academy, Woodbury. Our alliance hung tough and played into an exciting twice-over semi-final match before Zazu finally lost communications with its human drivers.


It's a Minne-Mini Regional

By Kirsten M., November 13, 2010

It’s time to brush the dust off your 2010 FRC robot and sign up to play at this year’s Minne-Mini Regional. Are you a rookie team and don’t have a robot yet? Don’t let that hold you back! This pre-season practice competition is packed with your first chance to see what a FIRST competition is all about, and you’ll come away from the day with plenty of ideas to get started.


The Green Machine to Beta Test C/C++ for FIRST

By Kirsten M., September 23, 2010

Once again Team 1816 is pleased to be one of the 59 FIRST Robotics teams picked to beta test the new robot software, which will be released to all FRC teams in January 2011.  The Green Machine, which will test C/C++ software and libraries, is not the only Minnesota team to conduct beta testing this year. One other local team, Team 2052-EP Robotics, is beta testing C/C++ software. Other teams beta testing different software include Team 2169-KING TeC, Savage MN; Team 2175-The Fighting Calculators, Woodbury, will test LabVIEW, along with Team 2472-The Centurions, Circle Pines. Team 2846-FireBears, Roseville MN, will test Java. All FRC teams taking part in the beta test will  report their findings on a regular basis on designated FIRST Forums.


Summer Fundraising begins 2011 Season for Edina Robotics

By Kirsten M., July 19, 2010
Our second fundraiser in July was the annual Team 1816 Car Wash, hosted by the Firestone store on 66th Street by Southdale Mall.

The Green Machine this summer hosted two fundraisers ahead of the 2011 season: In June, team members hosted a garage sale at the home of a member. The sale attracted kids and adults to browse the books, toys, and household goods, as well as to check out our 2010 robot, Zazu. Our second fundraiser in July was the annual Team 1816 Car Wash, hosted by the Firestone store on 66th Street by Southdale Mall. A wink of the Gear Eyes to all team members, team alumni Alistair M.


Edina Robotics’ Trailer Sports New Look

By Web Staff, July 19, 2010
The New Trailer

The New Trailer

The New Trailer

The New Trailer
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Team 1816’s “Gear Eyes” are on the road! Our year-old dark green robot and equipment trailer now proudly highlights Team 1816’s platinum sponsor, Medtronic Inc., our “Gear Eyes” logo, and our website. Edina Robotics thanks its newest sponsor, Banners to Go, Minneapolis, for its assistance, expertise and underwriting to help us promote FIRST Robotics and The Green Machine wherever we may roam!


Championships Prove Tough Competition for Zazu

By Anna W., May 1, 2010

Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816’s robot Zazu performed better than ever at the 2010 FIRST Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Though there were some minor difficulties involving late flights and a hastily-organized pit, the team got off to an excellent start on the first day of competition. Zazu effectively proved to be a strong robot during both practice matches Thursday morning, and the team won all three qualification matches later in the afternoon, putting 1816 in sixth place in the Galileo Division.


Now Boarding for Atlanta and FIRST Championships!

By Anna W., April 9, 2010
The Green Machine upheld its reputation as a Chairman’s winning team at the 2010 Minnesota North Star Regional by supporting other teams with various technical issues

With new adjustments to the robot, Team 1816-The Green Machine entered the 2010 Minnesota North Star Regional with a fresh strategy for the “Breakaway” game challenge and aimed to dazzle the crowd with Zazu’s prowess, as well as continue to demonstrate their reputable gracious professionalism both on and off the field.