Digital Media

FIRST challenges teams to help make FIRST – and STEM – loud! Digital media, including social media, is easy way to do this. To connect with Minnesota FRC team, start here.

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Gain an instant overview of social media and best practices by an 1816 alumna.


The Green Machine uses Facebook to post pictures, share articles, team updates, and videos. Teams also are using Facebook instead of building websites.


1816 (@FIRSTteam1816) maintains an active Twitter presence year-round. Be sure to include FIRST in your Twitter handle so that FIRST can follow your team. Often regionals will have their own hashtag for teams to use. For the Minnesota FIRST Regionals we use #MNFIRST and for the MSHSL FIRST Robotics Championship, please use #MSHSLrobots.

When starting your team's Twitter, here are some recommended "must follows:"

  • FIRST (@FRCTeams, @FIRSTweets, @FTCteams, @FIRSTLegoLeague): The official Twitter accounts for all things FIRST;
  • Minnesota FIRST (@MNFIRSTRegional): The official Twitter for all things involving Minnesota FRC Teams and Minnesota FIRST;
  • High Tech Kids (@HighTechKids1): High Tech Kids is the FTC and FLL affiliate partner in the state of Minnesota;
  • Robot Inspection (@MNFIRSTLRI): Jon Stratis, Minnesota Chief Robot Inspector;
  • GOFIRST (@MNGOFIRST): An alumni organization at University of Minnesota that supports all levels of FIRST programs.


Team 1816 uses YouTube to post team videos, everything from robot prototype ideas and robot reveals to highlights of outreach events.


Team 1816’s website launched in 2006 using the Drupal content management system. At the time, content management required additional HTML code to make pages display properly. Learning how to code a site from the ground up remains helpful! Here are several resources to get started.