2017 Minnesota Robotics Invitational

Welcome to the

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
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
Kamikaze Krew6663


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

8:45 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 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.

The scholarship application will be available closer to the MRI and team contacts notified when the application is available.

Contact Us

MRI questions or to volunteer: arden@firebears.org

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