PHOTOS: Highline Teams Excel at Seattle Robotics Competition
This weekend the CenturyLink Field Event Center hosted the annual Seattle FIRST Robotics Competition. This three-day event brings teams of high school students and their robots together as they take on a challenging game that changes each year.
A match consists of six teams in two alliances of three teams each competing for points. This year’s game had robots firing flying discs and climbing three-level pyramids to score.
Four teams participated from the Highline School District:
- Team 1983 Skunkworks Robotics from Aviation High School
- Team 2942 Panda Machine from TEC High School
- Team 3574 High Tekerz from Highline High School
- Team 4461 RAMbotics from Mount Rainier High School
All four teams competed in qualifying matches on Friday and Saturday, with Skunkworks Robotics coming out ranked #3 out of 64 teams, Panda Machine ranked #59, High Tekerz ranked #46 and RAMbotics — in their rookie year — ranked #17.
Skunkworks Robotics went on to compete in the finals where their alliance took top honors as regional winners.
In addition to achievements on the field, both Skunkworks Robotics and High Tekerz won awards off the field presented by a panel of judges.
Skunkworks Robotics won the Regional Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious team-based award presented to the team that best demonstrates a sustained commitment to the spirit of FIRST.
High Tekerz won the Judge’s Award for the unique design of their round robot named “Alastair” and the Industrial Safety Award. Coach Fred Leuke won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design.
Both Skunkworks Robotics and High Tekerz earned their trips to the National Championships held in St. Louis in April at other regional competitions earlier this year, making their honors in Seattle the icing on the cake for their season thus far.
FIRST is a non-profit organization designed to inspire students to become science and technology leaders through mentor-based programs that span ages six through high school.
Here are a few photos by BTB photog Michael Brunk: