PHOTOS: Highline Teams Excel at Seattle Robotics Competition

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The Team 3574 High Tekerz robot competing against the 2942 Panda Machine robot during a match

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:

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:

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4 Responses to “PHOTOS: Highline Teams Excel at Seattle Robotics Competition”
  1. Shari says:

    This is fantastic. Really impressive work from the students, faculty and corporate mentors. Something our area can be really proud of. Thanks!

  2. Darin Gee says:

    This is VERY COOL and something the Highline School District should be Proud of supporting and advertising. 2 of their 4 High Schools that competed were invited (based on their Performance) and are going to the World Championships in St. Louis 24-29 April.

    There are over 2500+ Teams that compete in the various Regional”s around the World and only 350 of those Team’s are invited to Compete at the World Championship.

    Because of the Corporate Sponsorships and College Commitments, there is over $16 Million Dollars in College Scholarship Money available ONLY to those Students that are part of a FIRST Team.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Way to go Panda Machine. It would be great if you had included photos from all four schools.

    • Jennifer, I inevitably don’t get all the photos I’d like to get. This is because I’m part of the cadre of volunteer FIRST judges that work at the Seattle Regional, interviewing teams and deliberating with other judges to decide which teams merit awards for their performance off the field of play. We don’t have a lot of down time, so I don’t always have an opportunity to track down a team in the hustle and bustle to snap a photo.

      That said, I’d point out that the *teams* could be leveraging the blog to share their accomplishments, photos, news releases and fund raisers. We’d be happy to give them as much coverage as they want if they’ll keep us informed.

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