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2014 Archive

FIRST Robotics Day in Edina

By Sarah W., December 7, 2014

Have you ever wondered how to get your first-grade student involved with FIRST Robotics? Or maybe you would like to see robots in head-to-head competition? For the first time ever, you can see three FIRST Robotics programs in one day, one campus, in Edina! Saturday, December 13, teams from around the state will converge to compete in Junior FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. In all, there will be 66 teams, all ages, all levels, at these three tournaments taking place at Valley View Middle School and Edina High School EPAC lobby. There will also be FIRST Robotics demos by Team 1816. We’ll have our 2014 robot, ZEKE, tossing the big exercise balls throughout the day.


News Updates from The Green Machine

By Sarah W., November 18, 2014
Working with Snap Circuits

Working with Snap Circuits

Working with Snap Circuits

Working with Snap Circuits
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It’s been a busy four weeks, barely time to capture all of the news and new things.  On November 15, we staged our second-annual Robot Day at the Minnesota Children's Museum to educate the ten-and under crowd about Robotics. Joining us were Teams 2052-KnightKrawler, 2500-HeroBotics and 2846-FireBears.  We set up an “introduction to wiring” using Snap Circuits, had a coloring book station, and did robot demos to let the children participate in the fun of playing with “Zeke.”  We showed 1,750 kids and their parents, siblings and other museum visitors how our robot works, and have them take the controls to feel what it’s like to drive a real FIRST robot. We combined our Computer-Aided Design (CAD) students with those from KnightKrawler, to demonstration how CAD works. Not only were many fascinated by the images and the CREO software that was used to create detailed drawings, but Knight Krawler brought a small 3D printer and printed FIRST logos giveaways for the kids and parents who stopped by the CAD booth.


The Minnesota Invitational gets our 10th Season Off to a Successful Start

By Sarah W., October 13, 2014

The Green Machine held its own this weekend at Roseville Area High School for the Minnesota Robotics Invitational event. This was a great experience for rookies to see what FIRST Robotics Competitions are all about. Returning team members got to reminisce about last year’s game, Aerial Assist. Many great moments occurred including the rookies getting to watch the repairs on ZEKE as well as participate in driving the robot on the field. One of our captains, Peter H., stated that he was “pleasantly surprised” at the new talent in driving he saw from our 2014-15 rookies. The Green Machine ended qualifications as the #1 seed, and had the pleasure of picking 3 more teams to join its alliance.


Join 1816!

By Ivy B., September 1, 2014

Attention Edina High School sophomores and juniors!

Edina High School’s award-winning FIRST Robotics team, The Green Machine, needs YOU! Whether you are a graphics designer, computer programmer, builder of machines (or just want to be immersed in a hands-on STEM experience), come see us at the Activities Fair (September 3rd) and come to our team meetings on Tuesday nights (beginning September 2) in Room 220. Look for the big PLTW banner outside the door. More details are on our team calendar. Need additional info before joining? Send us an email via our contact form.


Who Doesn’t Like Playing with Legos?

By Ivy B., August 10, 2014

STEM and FIRST outreach are the dominant themes of The Green Machine’s summer. Lego Robotics has been popular no matter where we’ve set up, whether it’s been the Cedars of Edina Apartments; Girl Scout camp in Burnsville; at People Serving People, a Minneapolis homeless shelter, or at the Valley Crossing Community Kids Club in Woodbury. We’ve even seen our Lego curriculum for young people ages 5 – 14 being used this summer in Lego  Robotics camps offered by Geek Squad in 26 cities (including Minneapolis) nationally!


Taking STEM and FIRST Directly to Capitol Hill

By Srujun G., June 25, 2014
The Sweet 16 Tweet About STEM

The Sweet 16 Tweet About STEM

The Sweet 16 Tweet About STEM

The Sweet 16 Tweet About STEM
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As FIRST Robotics students, we are known to not only participate in Robot Design, Build and Programming but also in other aspects of the team such as Media, Business and Strategy. This summer, The Green Machine assembled its own Advocacy Team and travelled to Washington D.C. to participate in the first National Advocacy Conference organized by Team 27 RUSH. We were given the opportunity to talk to our Congressmen and Senators, introduce them to the FIRST program and discuss education issues that would help grow STEM and FIRST.


MSHSL FIRST State Robotics Championship

By Rebecca E., May 13, 2014

The Green Machine has barely had enough time to savor the experience of competing at the 2014 FIRST World Championships and we’re now only days away from competing in the 3rd annual MSHSL-FIRST Robotics State Championship. This season-ending competition is free and open to the public. Come cheer us on at Williams Arena, 9 am until 4 PM! 


North Star is a Shining (Robot) Moment

By Rebecca E., April 5, 2014
Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar

Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar

Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar

Discussing Strategy on the Field at Northstar
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The Green Machine - Team 1816 had a strong finish in our second competition, the Minnesota North Star Regional, at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota. At this Week 5 event, The Green Machine was the Captain of the Finalist Alliance! We also were awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and for a second time this season, won a UL Safety Honorable Mention for Industrial Safety. We were also honored to be chosen by other teams at North Star as the Number One Team for Pit Safety. We had a fantastic time participating in the largest event outside of Championships, with 123 teams in two very different competitions that were right across the street from each other.


A Winning Week 2 at the Lake Superior Regional

By Rebecca E., March 17, 2014
We were awarded the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award given to a FIRST Robotics team.

Team 1816 had a fantastic first regional event at the Lake Superior Regional, Duluth. We were awarded the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award given to a FIRST Robotics team. This award places a great emphasis on the STEM outreach and inspiration performed by an FRC team; we are honored to be role models for FIRST. We will take our performance record to the World Championship event in St. Louis, April 23 – 26, 2014.


Robot Customization via Stratasys, 3D Printing

By Matthew B., February 17, 2014
Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part

Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part

Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part

Harpoon Tubing 3-D Printed Part
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Over the past few seasons, The Green Machine’s use of 3D printing has flourished. It began in 2010 when Stratasys Ltd. began sponsoring our team. Stratasys is an Eden Prairie based company that builds 3D printers and runs a 3D printing factory called Red Eye On-Demand. For those not familiar with 3D printing, 3D printing is the process of depositing layer upon layer of plastic on a surface in order to manufacture just about anything that can be made out of plastic. 3D printers use computer aided design (CAD) files in order to create customized parts directly from CAD. During the 2012 season, we used 3D printed parts primarily for presentation purposes by printing a scale model of our robot that year.