Mankato TV News, Radio, and Newspaper

Samuel Mansfield and Tessa Machado appeared earlier this year on Mankato local news, KEYC. Here they just talked about design process. Tessa talked about the new game, our design process, and robotics in general on the local radio on three occasions. On one of them she promoted the Greater Mankato Robotics competition. Later last year after we had gotten back from Worlds we were interviewed by the local newspapers and KEYC.


Click here for Tessa Machado being interviewed on KTOE Radio


South Central College- Robotics Challenge Camp

Since we’ve had our hand in VEX Robotics, for three years, we have mentored kids at this camp. We introduced them to VEX by using the starter kit for claw bots. The students then spend time to modify it to make it better for a competition to compete against each other.

State Fair STEM/Mankato

The PLTW state director, Jim Mecklenburgh, asked us to represent Mankato East Robotics at the PLTW and STEM booth in the Minnesota State Fair this past August. We showed off the robotics side of STEM alongside others with their displays of technologies for example a 3D printer. We promoted robotics and STEM by talking to kids and their families and let the kids drive the mini bots and the Spheros®.

County Fair

We promoted robotics at the Blue Earth County Fair 2015. Our competition robot and mini bots were used to demonstrate robotics. We did this alongside Mankato West. There, we demonstrated STEM in the Greater Mankato and Blue Earth County areas.

Josh Menzel

We wish to pay tribute to Josh Menzel, a dear friend to the team. Right now he streams at Southern and Metro Minnesota competitions and is going to stream at this year’s Minnesota State Competition for Minnesota VEX. He also hosts this website. Menzel was one of the people who helped start the Mankato East Robotics program. He had transferred in from New Ulm as a Junior to East where they had a FIRST Robotics team. He did some research and brought up the idea to our engineering teacher, Mr. Stahl, the principal, and some other staff. They liked the idea, but FIRST was too expensive so more research was done and VEX was chosen for the robotics program. The idea of having him stream started that year when the parents couldn’t come to our state competition and they wanted to see it. Many more people besides the parents were watching it, too. Therefore, last year Menzel streamed again at state officially.
email: josh.menzel@yahoo.com

Visit to Rosa Parks

Since we’ve had our hand in VEX Robotics, for three years, we have mentored kids at this camp. We introduced them to VEX by using the starter kit for claw bots. The students then spend time to modify it to make it better for a competition to compete against each other.

MAVbot

We were asked this past Summer to demonstrate robotics at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato to kids because of our success in robotics.

Middle School Teams

This year Mankato East's Robotics program grew from one team to five. Three of the five teams are brand new Junior High teams; 10001B, 10001G, and 10001P. All members of 9457A help guide the middle school teams on the right path. We are proud that one of these middle school teams have come with us to the Minnesota State Tournament, 10001P. We can't wait to see what they can do!

Classroom Demonstrations

At our own high school, Mankato East, we have demonstrated our competition robot to classrooms. We answer any questions the students may have without leaving out any details.