GOFIRST Robotics is an award-winning student organization at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities focused on robotics competitions and the promotion of STEM fields. Our group was founded with the purpose of supporting the FIRST robotics programs in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. In addition, we mentor teams, volunteer at regional competitions, and facilitate workshops for students in Minnesota. GOFIRST Robotics also participates in several robotics competitions including VEX U, Autonomous Snowplow, and Robot in Three Days. As a result, University of Minnesota students are able to take skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real world projects, network with sponsors in the program, and develop teaching and communication skills.
Our group is the proud recipient of the 2016-17 Lind Legacy Award, a lifetime achievement award for student groups in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering. Our leadership has also been recognized, receiving Outstanding Student Group Leader in the 2015-16 Tin Man CSE student organization awards.
In looking to remain a leading force in the promotion of STEM, GOFIRST Robotics has chosen to organize a new team, Northstar Robotics, for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. Our team currently consists of eight members. The majority of our members are pursuing STEM educations and have been involved in various robotics projects including FIRST Robotics Competition, field tests of an unmanned military vehicle at the Yuma proving grounds, Autonomous Snowplow Competition, VEX Robotics, and many others. We are very excited for our first year as competitors in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition!