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Robotics Wins PNW Districts

Tahoma’s Robotics team, Bear Metal, won the FIRST Robotics PNW District Competition at CWU two weekends ago. FIRST Robotics competitions are a bit different in that teams compete as an alliance of 3 schools. Alliances in the elimination rounds are chosen via a draft after a series of qualification matches. At the 38 team event, Bear Metal had 10 wins and 2 losses in the qualification matches. The team was selected as the first pick in the first round of the draft for the eliminations. Tahoma ended up winning the event with team 1595 out of Spokane and team 3219 from Auburn.


Tahoma has qualified to compete at the PNW District Championship at EWU on 4/5 – 4/8.  The PNW District consists of 155 teams from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Despite already having qualified for the District Championship, the team will still be competing at one more district level event in Auburn on 4/1 – 4/2. This event will mainly serve as additional practice and experience for the team.

Here’s a link to a video that gives a brief summary of this year’s challenge. Bear Metal’s 2017 robot, The Hindenbearg, (see below has shown great promise so far this season. It is an effective gear runner, rope climber and fuel shooter. At our most recent event, The Hindenbearg was the most dominatant shooter and it currently appears to be one of the best in the PNW.

Hindenbearg Climbs

Here are links to a few of our matches to give you an idea of what the game looks like. Bear Metal is team 2046.


Qualifications Round 52

Semifinal Match 2 – Full Field View

Finals Match 1 – Full Field View

Finals Match 2 – Full Field View


FIRST Robotics is an organization dedicated to inspiring our youth to consider careers in science and technology. More information about the organization can be found at www.usfirst.org. This is Tahoma’s 11th year participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Bear Metal is sponsored by Boeing, Flow, Pinnacle, OSPI, Tahoma School District and the Bear Metal Booster Club.

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