Email Blast Archive

MSHSL/FIRST State Championship Qualifiers

Team Leaders, the qualification results for the MSHSL/FIRST State Championship have been posted (  Alexandria (Team 3313), Edina (Team 1816), and Prior Lake (Team 2169) all earned automatic invitations by winning the Chairman’s Award.  Because of this, teams to 28th place have earned invitations to round out the 30-team field.  Places 27 through 30 were determined by the tie-breaker criteria.   Putting together the qualification point totals is a somewhat manual process.

FIRST Minneapolis Regionals - Seminars and UofM Lab Tours

Additional Info for the 10,000 Lakes & North Star Regionals:

The University of Minnesota will be offering lab tours on Thursday afternoon March 27Sign-up sheets will be available at the U of MN College of Science and Engineering tables in both arenas.  The approximately 60 minute tours will depart from the CSE tables in both arenas at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm.   

Mar 19 2014 - Event Info for 10,000 Lakes & North Star Regionals

Team Leaders, welcome to the North Star and 10,000 Lakes Regional competitions.  Here are a number of items that you will find useful.

Mar 19 2014 - MN FIRST MSHSL Standings, MHTA Scholarship

Minnesota Teams, 

MSHSL: The unofficial standings for the MSHSL State Championship that are floating around are very preliminary and give an incomplete picture.  There are still 96 teams that haven’t played their first event. The real standings will come out after Week 6 (Apr 3-5).  

Email Blast - FIRST Duluth Regional Events - important info Feb 26 2014

FIRST Teams heading to the DECC for the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals:

Load-in/Parking  - Check out the regional website for details (  Load-in is from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday evening or Thursday from 7:45am to 8:30pm.  Once teams have brought in their gear, they will be asked to leave the pits until 8:30am on Thursday.  Please note there are separate load-in locations for each regional. 

Email Blast - Robot Safety Mechanisms - Feb 18 2014

Teams -

 Happy Stop Build Day!  As you put the finishing touches on your robot and get it in the bag tonight, your MN Lead Robot Inspectors would like to ask that you take a close look at the safety of your mechanisms.  

Email Blast - FIRST Duluth Regional Events - additional info Feb 6 2014

For Teams attending the Duluth Regionals, here’'s an update regarding the Northern Lights and Lake Superior Regionals.

Email Blast November 24 2013 - MN SPLASH North and South

Team Leaders, December 7th is a big training day in Minnesota.  GOFIRST, the student-alumni group at the U of MN Twin CIties, will be hosting an all day event at the U of MN Twin Cities.  Itasca Community College and a few northern teams will be hosting an event at Itasca CC.  Here are the details (see the MN FIRST Robotics training page for additional info (


Email Blast November 6 2013 - MN FIRST/Robotics Alley - Nov 12/13

Robotics Alley ( is in it’s third year as a leading professional conference centered around the robotics industry.  As part of the conference, there is an exhibit area supported by robotics companies.  FIRST will have a booth and demo area to showcase what we do.  In an unprecedented move for a professional conference, Robotics Alley is opening the exhibit hall to students and accompanying mentors free of charge.  The open exhibits time will be Nov 13th

Email Blast November 5 2013 - MN FIRST - MN Splash events and STEM Career Fair

Team Leaders, here are three events to put on your team calendars:


2013 Minnesota Splash

When: Saturday December 7th, 2013. Sessions will go from 8:30am-3:15pm with lunch at 11:25am. 

Cost: $6, lunch provided.

Attire: Your FIRST team shirts or costumes.

Where: University of Minnesota - STSS building (222 Pleasant Street SE Minneapolis, MN)