Chezy Champs 2018

Hi!

We are excited to announce we will be attending Chezy Champs, an off-season event in San Jose California hosted by Bellarmine College Preparatory’s The Cheesy Poofs, next weekend September 28th-30th. The schedule is below. You can find more information about the event and see matches on Saturday and Sunday here.

We welcome the challenge and are looking forward to competing with all the teams attending!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Washington Girls’ Generation T-Shirt Contest (2018)

Hello!

 

The 2018 Washington Girls’ Generation competition will be all day on October 27th, 2018. This year, we will be holding a contest for a t-shirt design. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a free shirt in their size.

Here is the criteria:

Max of 3 colors. Has to say “Washington Girls’ Generation 2018” or some other variation somewhere on the shirt (“Washington Girls’ Gen” “Washington Girls’ Gen 2018” etc.) Must be a .ai vector file and have thick lines.

All contest submissions must be in by October 3rd. You can submit multiple designs to this form.

Good luck!

Thank you,

Ryleigh Weston

Vice President

Tahoma Robotics Club

Bear Metal wins Peak Performance

Hi!

Bear Metal had an excellent competition this Saturday at Peak Performance! We were able to win all six of our qualification matches and ranked 2 out of 28.  We then went on to choose team 1318 the Issaquah Robotics Society from Issaquah High School and team 2733 Pigmice from Cleveland High School as our alliance members for the elimination matches. We fought hard in quarter and semifinals. The drivers were at the top of their game, and the programming team’s hard work showed in our autonomous. The robot was able to place three cubes in the scale in the 15 seconds allotted for the autonomous period. We dominated the first final, but as we climbed for endgame, our gearbox broke. With hard work from the pit crew and a little luck, however, we were able to put the robot back on the field and play our second finals match. We lost it by a close margin but were able to come back and win the third final. With best out of three, we won the event! Thanks to our alliance members, and to all the teams at the event. It was a wonderful competition, and we were glad to compete.

Our drive team poses with drive teams from 1318 (right) and 2733 (left). Driver, Shane Beres holds the coveted trophy.

The robot places a power cube on the scale during its autonomous period.

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

The 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser

Hi!

The Tacoma high school’s 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser hosted by the Robotics Booster Club and the We The People Foundation is coming up fast. The event will be Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Tahoma high school. Please spread the word and this flyer.

We hope to see you there!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Peak Performance

Hi!
We are excited to be attending Peak Performance, our first off-season competition of the year, this Saturday, September 8th. The event will be at Seattle Christian School. You can watch us competing here on Saturday. This is the schedule

7:00 am – Load In

8:30 am – Opening Ceremonies

8:45 am – Matches Start

11:00 am – Lunch Break

11:30 am – Resume Matches

1:00 pm – End Qualifications

1:15 pm – Alliance Selections

2:00 pm – Start Playoffs

5:30 pm – End Playoffs, Awards Ceremony

6:00 pm – Event Ends

We look forward to playing with our fellow PNW teams!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Maple Valley Days

Hi!

Last weekend, Bear Metal participated in Maple Valley Days, a fair at Lake Wilderness. We had a booth and talked to the public about our team and FIRST as well as promoting STEM in the community by advertising our robotics summer camps. We had our two outreach bots available for the public to view and drive as well as Ursa Origin on display. We also walked in the annual Maple Valley Days parade. It was an enjoyable weekend for the team, and afforded the public a view of what our team does. Thanks to everyone who participated and those who came by our booth or watched us in the parade!

Kids driving the outreach bots


The booth and Bear Metal members


Walking in the parade

Catherine Kirschbaum

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Hi Everyone!

Our team, with the help of the Bear Metal Booster Club, has been carefully saving and raising funds for the past couple of years for a new CNC Mill to manufacture our robot parts. We were just notified yesterday that we have an opportunity to have $40,000 in matching funds, but the opportunity expires on June 1st if we don’t meet our goal. We need to raise about $20,000 in the next 10 days to reach this goal. This piece of machinery will help our team and also provide training in skilled trades for so many of the youth in the community.

We are asking for people to help us through donations and business sponsorships. Please share with family, friends and others you think would support this cause.

You can donate through FirstWA.

Put FRC 2046 in the box that says: ‘Want To Support A Specific Team? Enter Team Number Here’

OR mail a check to:

Bear Metal Booster Club

P.O. Box 616

Maple Valley, WA 98038

Note Mill fund on your check.

Thank you so much!

Executive Team

Tahoma Robotics Club

An End and a Beginning

Hello,

Over the past few months, our team has made huge strides in competition. We were finalists at the Auburn Event and received the Industrial Design Award for our robot’s capabilities and performance. At the Auburn Mountainview Event, we gave our backup drive team time to practice in official matches before switching off with our official drive team. Going into the finals with teams Error Code Xero and Chaos Theory, we were able to take home the blue. Additionally, we won the Chairman’s Award, an honor placed upon a team for their impact on STEM education and their community.

drive team and backup drive team

our team and our alliance partners, Error Code Xerox and Chaos Theory

team members at the Auburn Mountainview event

We advanced on to the Pacific Northwest District Championship in Portland, fighting long and hard over the three day competition, and making into the finals. However, we were beat out by an alliance of three other competitive teams in our district. We received the Innovation in Control award for our autonomous code and reliable robot function.

Advancing to the World Championship in Houston, TX team members learned a lot playing against some of the best teams in the world and attending conferences on business and management. We got to the semifinals on our field but lost out to the other alliance. Before we headed out of town, we visited the Johnson Space Center (NASA) and got to see applications of engineering on a larger scale.

team members at the championship in Houston

As our team put an end to the competition season, we have opened ourselves up for a new beginning. On Thursday, we held our team elections for the new executive board – the President, Vice-President, and Secretary of Communications were elected. On Friday morning a group of our students presented to the Maple Valley Rotary about our program and demonstrated our robot. Today we are showing off our robot and program at the Alaskan Airlines Aviation Day and later this week we will be doing the same at the Seattle Storm’s Storm into STEM event.

You can come see us at our stand at Maple Valley Days and in the parade from June 8th-10th. Come check us out to see our robot and drive some of our smaller outreach robots. Additionally, if you have a child going into grades 2-8, we still have spots open in our robotics camps which you can sign up for using the links in the post below.

Thank you!

Ryleigh Weston

Vice President

Bear Metal Robotics