Email Blast Archive

MN FIRST - Preseason Notes - Dec 17 2015

MSHSL Championship
The MN State High School League Robotics Championship will be held on May 21st, 2016.  At this time, we are not anticipating any changes to the qualifying rules but, until the game is revealed, that is not guaranteed (   Please note that you must keep on file signed Eligibility Forms for your team members.

Technical Volunteers Wanted!

MN FIRST Email Blast Fri Nov 13 - Robotics Alley, fall training, and hotels

Team leaders, first of all, welcome to all the new mentors (we are currently at 207 teams registered in MN).  You will periodically be receiving emails from me (Mark Lawrence, MN FIRST Regional Planning Chair) with items relevant to Minnesota FRC.  These emails only go to the “Main” and “Alternate” contacts that are listed in TIMS.  It is your responsibility to pass the information along to other mentors and students.  Also, I do not maintain the mailing list.  It is created through the team entries in TIMS.  There is also a website (http://

Email Blast - October 31 2015 - Outreach Opportunity at Children's Museum

Robot Day is expanding to Robot Days for FRC teams at the Minnesota Children’s Museum.  The Museum has started a major renovation and the spaces that were used previously for Robot Day are unavailable.  As a result of the construction, the format has changed to a single team demo on a given Saturday (starting now).  The space available for the demo is called the Lodge and is on the 5th floor of the museum.  The room is roughly 15’ x 30’ and has elevator access.  In addition to robots (FRC, FTC, or FLL) teams are encouraged to bring hands-on activities for small kids (e.g., the Edina team ha

Email Blast - October 16 2015 - Fall Training and Minnesota Children's Museum

Attention Minnesota FIRST Robotics Competition Teams, several items of interest to fill out your calendars:

Robots at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul

Email Blast to FRC Teams - 2015 MRI Event

Room is still available at the 2015 Minnesota Robotics Invitational on October 10! The MRI is a wonderful way to jumpstart your fall season by getting your new and old students involved in an actual competition.  The MRI is also a training competition for Key Volunteers so they are ready for the 2016 season. Please email Laurie Shimizu,, to sign up!

There are two $500 scholarships available for 2016 seniors from teams that are participating in the MRI.  Applications are due October 5th.

MN FIRST - CAD training and Mini Minne signup

Team leaders, here’s an update on the Mini Minne event at Prior Lake and a new training opportunity:


Mini Minne post-season competition (Nov 21st ) at Prior Lake High School:


The Minne Mini registration form can be accessed from the home page of, or directly from the link below:


Welcome to 2016 FIRST season - Fall 2015 Activities

From the MN FRC Teams email blast sent by Mark Lawrence, MN FIRSTRegional Planning Chair, to main contacts/alternate contacts of record September 13, 2015.  Team Leaders, welcome to the 2016 FIRST Robotics season.  I hope your summer was long and you’re as excited as I for the new season.

Email Blast - Summer Events - July 6 2015

Upcoming Minnesota Regional events that may be of interest to your team.
Minnesota State Fair

MN FIRST - Additional June Training Opportunity

FRC Teams, here's a June training opportunity from Eden Prairie, Talon Robotics:
What: Talon Think Tank
Goal: To help other teams advance to the next level
Where: Eden Prairie High school
When: June 20th 2015
Time: Check in - 9:30am-10:00am Lunch - 12:30pm-1:30pm Social - 5:20pm-6:20pm
Who: Anyone who is interested
Cost: Classes are free; social is $5 per person
Classes:  Electrical, Materials, Prototyping, Things that Move, CAD, Programming, Scouting/Strategy, Team Management, Communication, Sponsors/Funding, Awards, and Outreach/FIRST programs