The High Tekerz – Highline High School’s 4H and FIRST® Robotics team 3574 – is headed to the FIRST World Championships, to be held April 19-22 in Houston!

On April 8 at the PNW Regional Championship, the High Tekerz received the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award for “outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.” This award qualifies the team to compete with their robot, Turbulence, at the championship April 19-22, 2017.

This is the fourth time the Tekerz have received the Engineering Inspiration award at the regional championship, and the seventh time overall (including 3 district level awards) – making the High Tekerz the top recipient of this award in the PNW by a margin of over 2-to-1. At the 2015 World Championship, the High Tekerz received the Team Spirit Award, and are hoping to build on that success in 2017. The Houston Championship event will be broadcast live at for those who would like to follow the action from home.

Also recognized at PNW Championships was local Raisbeck Aviation High School student Isabella Torres, a member of First Robotics Competition (FRC) team 1983 Skunk Works robotics team, who received a Regional Dean’s List award which recognizes the leadership and dedication of the most outstanding FRC students and also qualifies her to advance to Houston.

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and its mission is to is to “inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and oster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.” FIRST is the oldest and largest student robotics program in the world and the FIRST Championship is a life-changing robotics event!

Past championships have even included private concerts by such acts as the Black Eyed Peas, and have been featured in a national television special “ science is rock and roll”, narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, Jack Black, Bono and others.
A big advantage to participating in FIRST Robotics programs is access to exclusive financial help open only to FIRST team members–this year $50 million in college scholarships are available from colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST. Most FIRST scholarships are for use at the specific Provider college or university, but some can be used at any school and about 35% can be used for any course of study, not just engineering. Scholarship amounts vary from one-time awards to full four-year tuition.

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