Last Saturday, we hosted our annual Girls Generation Competition at the new Tahoma High School. We started Girls Gen back in 2012 with the goal of giving girls in the Pacific Northwest a chance to get involved in their robotics teams, as well as promoting women in STEM careers. On Saturday, we had a great event, teams traveling from all over Washington to compete, as well as a booth from the University of Washington’s robotics team, mill demonstrations in our shop, a VR station, and a business meeting hosted by team 1778, Chill Out. Our own drive team was very excited going into the event, as they had put a large amount of time into practicing as well as making sure the robot was ready to perform. We ended qualifications ranked 4 with a record of 6-1, and picked team 2976, Spartabots, and team 2412, Robototes, to join our alliance. As Girl’s Gen is a short event, we had a 4 alliance play-off bracket. Our alliance had a great time playing out on the field and won our semi-finals. The 3rd seeded alliance, captained by team 1318, the Issaquah Robotics Society, along with team 1983, Skunkworks Robotics, and team 1778, Chill Out, gave us a run for our money in finals, but in the end, we were able to defeat them, winning the event. Thanks so much to all of our alliance members, and to everyone who made the event a success! This was our last event of the season, and we now say goodbye to Ursa Origin after playing 125 matches with it. We are looking forward to 2019 and Deep Space!
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics