Bear Metal makes finals at Auburn Mountainview

Tahoma High School’s robotics team, Bear Metal, rose to the finals and won several honors and awards at its first competition of the year. On the weekend of March 4th and 5th, 39 teams from across western Washington gathered at Auburn Mountainview High School for the FIRST Robotics Competition qualifier event.

This year’s game is called “Stronghold”, and has a medieval theme. Robots attempt to storm their opponent’s castle, throwing boulders, traversing rough terrain, crossing drawbridges, and lifting gates.

Bear Metal’s robot was robust and ready for the competition. The first day was filled with qualification rounds. Teams were randomly assigned to alliances of three, and each match pitted two alliances against each other, with a total of six robots on the field. In this part of the competition, we bounced around the top five in the standings. Qualification rounds continued into the evening, and we finished the day in second place.

The second day, for the elimination rounds, top teams chose their own alliance members from among lower ranked teams. Bear Metal allied with Royal Robotics of Lynnwood and MI-Robotics of Mercer Island. Our alliance advanced through the hotly contested quarter finals and semifinals, ultimately finishing second place in the final matches.

At the closing ceremony, Bear Metal was recognized as a finalist and also received the Industrial Design Award for outstanding robot design. Team member Bradley Davis made Dean’s List for this event, and will advance to the Dean’s List competition at the district finals event in Portland, Oregon.

Bear Metal’s next competition, another qualifier event, will be in Philomath, Oregon March 25 and 26. The district finals competition in Portland in early April is the final step to the world event in St. Louis later in April.

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