2016 Minnesota Robotics Invitational

Welcome to the

2016 Minnesota Robotics Invitational!

October 15th, 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



Please fill out this registration form.  An email will be sent with additional instructions regarding payment of the $200 entry fee.

Team Name (required)

FRC Team Number (required)

High School

Primary Sponsor

Web Site Address

Team Contact Name (required)

Team Contact Phone Number (required)

Team Contact Email Address(required)

Invoice Needed?
 Invoice not needed Please send Invoice



Friday, October 14, 2016

3:00 PM Field setup begins

Saturday, October 15, 2016

7:00 AM Doors Open

8:15 AM Drivers Meeting on the field

8:45 AM Opening Ceremonies

9:00 AM Matches Begin

12:00 NOON Lunch Break

2:15 PM Qualification Matches End / Alliance Selection

2:45 PM Semi-Finals/Finals

3:30 PM Closing Ceremonies

6:00 PM Field is packed, event is over

Rule Changes

There are some minor rules changes to the 2016 FRC game, FIRST Stronghold.

  • 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 2015 MRI Scholarship Winners!

$500 scholarship sponsored by Barbara J. May Law Offices:

Elyssa Edgeton from Team 2052, the KnightKrawlers who attends Irondale High School.

$500 scholarship sponsored by The Roseville Visitors Association:

Laura Irvine from Team 2175, the Fighting Calculators who attends Woodbury Math and Science Academy.

Scholarship number and amounts will be updated as we get closer to the 2016 Minnesota Robotics Invitational. 

Scholarships will be awarded to 2017 high school graduates that will be attending college in the fall of 2017. Scholarship applicants must be a member of a team registered for the 2016 Minnesota Robotics Invitational and must also be attending the MRI.

Online Scholarship Application

Contact Us

MRI questions or to volunteer: arden@firebears.org

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