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Tahoma Bear Metal goes undefeated in Clackamas event


Tahoma’s Robotics team, aka Bear Metal, returned Saturday night from Oregon as winners of the PNW Clackamas Academy District event. Tahoma took first seed in a field of 37 teams with a perfect 12-0-0 record during the qualification rounds. As the captain of the #1 seeded alliance, Bear Metal selected Team 4513 the Circuit Breakers from Medical Lake, WA as their first alliance partner and Team 6465 Mystic Biscuit from Bend, OR as their second. Tahoma led their alliance to a perfect 6-0-0 record through the elimination rounds, giving Bear Metal an overall record of 18-0-0 for the competition. The team also won the Excellence in Engineering award for their unique and effective elevator gearbox and their ability to articulate its details to the judges. Our scouts, pit crew, programmers, media crew and drive team worked tirelessly throughout the competition to find solutions for numerous technical challenges they were confronted with. Please congratulate members of the robotics team for their hard work and success.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a “sport of the mind” where teams from around the world are provided a new game challenge each January. These teams have just over six weeks to design, manufacture, assemble and program a robot to meet the challenge. These teams then compete with and against each other working to advance. The season culminates in a championship in Houston for teams that qualify. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was started over 25 years ago to encourage youth to explore areas in science and technology to see how exciting they can be. Here’s a link to an animation describing this year’s challenge.

For those who are interested, here are the videos of the final matches from Clackamas. Bear Metal is team #2046 (black robot with red bumpers)
Finals 1
Finals 2

Tahoma Robotics Team is having a community night this Thursday, March 8th in the THS commons at 7:00 pm. This free event, organized by the Bear Metal Booster Club, is an opportunity to show the community what our team does within the school district and community. This year’s robot, Ursa Origin, will be driving around and on display. You’re invited to stop by to see it in action and speak with the kids about why they are so passionate about the program.

RoboticsCommunity Night
Bear Metal’s next competition will be at Auburn High School, March 17th and 18th. It is free and open to the public. Here’s the schedule for the competition and a link to the livestream which will be active on the 17th. The match schedule will be available on the morning of the 17th and available here.
Tahoma Robotics would like to thank their sponsors, The Boeing Company, Flow Waterjet, Washington State OSPI, Tahoma School District, the O’Brien Family, Alaska Airlines and Pinnacle Physical Therapy for their generous support.

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