MN FIRST – CSA Help Hotline, MN State Fair Demo Slots, Congressional App Challenge

MN FIRST – CSA Help Hotline, MN State Fair Demo Slots, Congressional App Challenge

Control System Advisors forums – help for teams year-round

Our Minnesota CSAs (the orange hats at competitions) are now setup to offer their programming and network expertise throughout the year, not just during the Regional events. There are multiple ways to connect with them.  They have established accounts on Slack, Trello and Twitter. Slack and Trello are linked so they will integrate with FRC team Slack accounts.  Special thanks to Chris Roadfeldt, Todd Kruse, and Wade Logeais who will be managing the links.

trello email:
trello board URL:
Slack URL:
Slack Team: firstmn.csa
Twitter handle: @firstmncsa

Minnesota State Fair demonstrations

There are still a couple of openings for teams during the State Fair.  Robot load-in is the week before the fair (Aug 14/15) and pick-up after the fair is over (Sept 6/7)).  When you load-in your robot, please bring a poster describing your robot and team.  Additionally, bring your flag to show off your team colors.  Each robot participates in judging and is eligible for ribbons in two categories, Electronics and Construction. At the Fair, demonstrations occur at 3 times during the day and give teams a chance to show off what their robots can do.  Again this year, we will have teams bring robots from different games to show the diversity of designs. Also, you can walk with your robot in the afternoon parade (it’s best to pull the robot on a cart).  New this year – bring your mascot for the parade!  If your team would like to participate, please contact Sharon Manninen,, directly to signup and pick a date (first-come first-served on dates). Additionally, here’s the Fair page for registration ( ) and to select a category to be judged in for the blue ribbons.

Congressional App Challenge

Our U.S. House of Representatives members are soliciting entries for the Congressional App Challenge.  This a great opportunity for your programming teams to show off their talents.  See this web page for details:

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