2018 Minnesota Robotics Invitational

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2018 Minnesota Robotics Invitational!

October 13th, Roseville, MN

Rule Changes
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The Minnesota Robotics Invitational (MRI) is an off-season FIRST Robotics Competition event, hosted in Roseville, MN. We have a real FIRST field, real FIRST electronics and a trained FTA to run the competition.

The mission of MRI is to host an enjoyable, high quality, and well-organized FIRST Robotics Competition event, bringing together teams from across the Minnesota FIRST community.

The MRI is a family-friendly event that is open for all of the public to attend. Competitors are invited to register by filling out an application to compete. The first 36 Minnesota teams with a paid registration will be the competitors.


Roseville Area High School
1240 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113



The 2018 Minnesota Robotics Invitational has filled it’s registration.

Team NumberTeam Name
876Thunder Robotics
1816The Green Machine
2175The Fighting Calculators
2177The Robettes
2220Blue Twilight
2532FLASH Power
2606Irish Robotics
2987Rogue Robotics
3055Furious George
3082Chicken Bot Pie
3100Lightning Turtles
3130The ERRORS
3184Blaze Robotics
3244Granite City Gearheads
3407MVHS Robotics
3883Data Bits
4198Waconia RoboCats
4511Power Amplified
4539KAOTIC Robotics
4549Iron Bulls
4624Rebel Alliance
7038Pizza Pi's


Friday, October 12, 2018

3:00 PM Field setup begins

Saturday, October 13, 2018

7:00 AM Doors Open

8:15 AM Drivers Meeting on the field

8:30 AM Opening Ceremonies

8:45 AM Matches Begin

12:00 NOON Lunch Break

3:15 PM Qualification Matches End / Alliance Selection

3:45 PM Semi-Finals/Finals

4:45 PM Closing Ceremonies

7:00 PM Field is packed, event is over

Rule Changes

There will be some minor rules changes to the 2018 FRC game, FIRST Power Up.

  • Four teams will be on each alliance in the playoffs.
  • Alliance selection is 1-4, 1-4, 4-1.
  • Alliance captains cannot choose among themselves.  i.e. Number 1 Alliance captain cannot choose Number 2 alliance captain to join the Number 1 Alliance.
  • No extra backup teams are needed, since each alliance has its own backup. There is no requirement to play the backup team.
  • NO TIME OUTS! Since teams have a back-up, there are no time-outs in the finals.
  • Lower seeded alliance must declare robots first.
  • +5 pound weight allowance. All other first robot rules apply. Honor system.
  • For the purposes of training student drive team coaches, an experienced drive team coach will be allowed in the arena with a team’s drive team during a match.
  • Additional gameplay rule changes will be announced closer to the competition.


Congratulations to 2017 MRI Scholarship Winners!

$1000 scholarship sponsored by Power/mation:

Celeste Dyrbye-Wright from Team 2530, Inconceivable who attends a Rochester area High School.

$1000 scholarship sponsored by Power/mation:

Katie Hendricksen from Team 2220, Blue Twilight who attends Eagan High School.

$500 scholarship sponsored by The Roseville Visitors Association:

Julia Lau from Team 2846, FireBears who attends Roseville Area High School.

$500 scholarship sponsored by The Roseville Visitors Association:

Noah Hanson from Team 2530, Inconceivable who attends a Rochester area High School.

Scholarship number and amounts will be updated as we get closer to the 2018 Minnesota Robotics Invitational. 

Scholarships will be awarded to 2019 high school graduates that will be attending college in the fall of 2019. Scholarship applicants must be a member of a team registered for the 2018 Minnesota Robotics Invitational and must also be attending the MRI.

Online Scholarship Application

Contact Us

MRI questions or to volunteer: arden@firebears.org

2 comments on “2018 Minnesota Robotics Invitational
  1. Peter Potter says:

    Waconia is looking forward to the MRI!
    Is there information about food availability for feeding our team?

    • Tom Lageson says:

      We have a full set of concessions available for purchase (pizza by the slice, hot dogs, nachos, pop, water, coffee, candies).

      We also have Mini-Donuts.

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