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BearMetal’s end of the season

Members of the Tahoma Robotics Club returned home on Sunday from the 2013 FIRST Robotics World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis. There, more than 25,000 people from over 30 countries converged to compete in one of the three levels of FIRST Robotics. Bear Metal Competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which is reserved for high school students only. Tahoma’s 120 pound Frisbee gathering and throwing robot played much better than at our regional events, but despite our marked improvements, we did not make it into the finals this year. Our division was extremely tough and the winning alliance within our division ended winning the entire competition.

Our students came away inspired by what they saw and experienced at the event. Competing with other top teams around the world gave them insight and inspiration not available at the regional level. In addition to the top robots from around the world, there were dozens of technical companies and universities offering scholarships and internships to FIRST robotics students.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization devoted to changing our culture to help celebrate our science and technology heroes. To help this cause, they have taken the competitive spirit that works so well in sports and have combined it with engineering. These students get as excited and competitive as any athlete. However, in this “sport of the mind” all students can go pro.

It’s impossible to convey the passion and excitement these students have for this competition, but here is a short video wrap up of the event that gives a taste of what these kids had the opportunity to experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNGzTg53zDY

Feel free to talk with members of the Tahoma Robotics Club about their amazing 2013 season.

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