2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational

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2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational!

October 14th, 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 2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational has filled it’s registration.

Team NameTeam Number
The Green Machine1816
The Fighting Calculators2175
The Robettes2177
Blue Twilight2220
Talon Robotics2502
Rogue Robotics2987
Stark Industries3023
Orange Crush3026
Chicken Bot Pie3082
The ERRORS3130
Blaze Robotics3184
Granite City Gearheads3244
Backwoods Engineers3294
Data Bits3883
Waconia RoboCats4198
Trinity Tritons4215
Power Amplified4511
The Coalition of Independent Students (C.I.S.)4607
Charger Robotics5348


Friday, October 13, 2017

3:00 PM Field setup begins

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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 2017 FRC game, FIRST Steamworks.

  • 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 2016 MRI Scholarship Winners!

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

Kaya Parsons from Team 2052, the KnightKrawlers who attends Irondale High School.

$500 scholarship sponsored by The Roseville Visitors Association:

Jared Voight from Team 2500, Herobotics who attends Patrick Henry High School.

Scholarship number and amounts will be updated as we get closer to the 2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational. 

Scholarships will be awarded to 2018 high school graduates that will be attending college in the fall of 2018. Scholarship applicants must be a member of a team registered for the 2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational and must also be attending the MRI.

Contact Us

MRI questions or to volunteer: arden@firebears.org

7 comments on “2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational
  1. Mike Zickrick says:


    Can we be put on a wait list? I am the coach for the Irish Robotics Team #2606. We have attend several years in a row and would like to continue the tradition. You may contact through e-mail at mzickrick@sspps.org or by phone at 651-322-4278.


    Mike Zickrick
    Irish Robotics Coach

  2. Lyle Meyer says:

    Do you intent to get a count for lunch, or is it a “bring your own” event?

    • Tom Lageson says:

      We have a full concession stand available (pizza, hotdogs, nachos, drinks, chips, candy, popcorn, coffee, etc.). People can pick and choose as they want.

      We keep the prices low so teams don’t feel they have to take the time to go outside of the school for food. We also try to make it easy on the team coaches/leaders by not requesting/requiring lunch orders ahead of time.

      Also, mini-donuts will be back this year!

  3. Jayden Groshong says:

    Is it open to public or only participant s

    • Tom Lageson says:

      My assumption is that you are asking as someone that would like to attend to see the competition and the many robots. Yes, this is open to the public. This is a family friendly event. No charge for admission or parking. We have a full concession stand available (pizza, hotdogs, nachos, drinks, chips, candy, popcorn, coffee, etc.), even mini-donuts.

      If you are asking as someone that has a robot that would like to compete, we have already filled our 36 team field.

  4. Como Park Senior High School Forgot its flag at Roseville. Whom may we speak with to arrange a time and place to retrieve it?

    Well run tournament btw. Everyone had a blast.

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