Two Highline School Teams Heading to the World Robotics Championships

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Two Highline District schools – Aviation and Highline High – are headed to St. Louis at the end of the month to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships.

Aviation High holds the Washington State Robotics Champion title this year. The team also earned the Chairman’s Award at the state competition, which honors teams for excellence in design, creativity, innovation, and competition performance.

Highline High will also compete in the World Championships. The team earned their ticket at the Seattle Regional competition by winning the Judge’s Award and the Safety Award. Highline’s coach, Fred Leuke, won the Woodie Flowers Award as the region’s best mentor.

As an organization, FIRST exists to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. In the FIRST Robotics Competition students compete to build robots that perform various tasks. The tasks change each year and are revealed in January. Teams have just six weeks to construct the robot before competition.

The B-Town Blog sends out a robotic “Con-grat-u-lations!” to both teams, and we encourage our Readers to support these great programs! Oh, and be sure to see Michael Brunk’s photos of the Seattle competition here.

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4 Responses to “Two Highline School Teams Heading to the World Robotics Championships”
  1. Dairn says:

    CLARIFICATION with regards to Highline High School Robotics Team earning their Ticket to compete at the FIRST (For Inspiration of Science and Technology) Championship in St. Louis.

    Besides competing in Seattle where Highline High School won the Judges Award, Underwriter Laboratory (UL) Safety Award and Team mentor Fred Lueck being selected as the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, Highline also competed at the Autodesk Oregon Regional earlier in March and was selected by the judges to receive the Engineering Inspirational Award that is sponsored by NASA. The Engineering Inspiration Award is the award that earned the Team a ticket to the Championship in St. Louis this year (as also last year).

    • shari says:

      Dairn, i would love to hear more about the NASA Inspiration Award….that sounds like a really big deal and I’m curious about the criteria…what made our team and its projects so inspirational, especially two years running ? Also, Scott, Michael, thanks for featuring a pic with a young woman ….great message. I have to admit that when i first saw it, i thought Why is Kim Kardashian wearing safety goggles ? Its really encouraging to see STEM getting so much emphasis in HSD and to know the women are leaders in it also.

      • Dairn says:


        I would love to talk to you about the Program and the Award. Please email me at [email protected] and then we can set up a time to meet and also let you meet the Team.

        Our gals on the Team rock and they played a major part in talking with the Judges and the Team getting selected for the Engineering Inspiration Award.

    • Dairn says:

      LOL.. Oh geez totally blew the Acronym for FIRST…

      FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology


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