Regarding Support Request from our Friends

As has been reported extensively in the local news, our team trailer which included our robot, pit, and tools was stolen on early Easter Sunday morning. There has been an outpouring of support from our fellow FIRST teams, and Bear Metal is extremely grateful for this.

In our shop, we still have our practice robot. FIRST has given us special permission to bring that robot up to the condition of the stolen competition robot. We are currently assessing our needs, and will be in contact with those who have offered help once we know what parts or tools will be of help.

If you would like to help with a donation, please send it to:

Tahoma High School
Attn: Tahoma Robotics Club
18200 SE 240th ST
Covington, WA 98042

Federal Tax ID: 91-6001641

If you wish to contact us, here is our email address: [email protected]

Bear Metal tours Blue Origin rocket factory

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Photo courtesy Blue Origin

Starship Enterprise stood before us as we entered the lobby. We crowded around the starship model actually used in making the first Star Trek movies. Then we noticed the full-size spaceship towering nearby. Shiny and bullet-shaped, it resembled the Victorian spacefaring projectile of Jules Verne’s fiction. Outfitted in steampunk fashion with brass and copper ornament, nineteenth century moonship shared space in the lobby with twenty-third century starship.

Tahoma High School’s robotics club was visiting Blue Origin, the rocket building company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and headquartered in Kent. Our group of 12 students and 7 mentors were there to see the factory where the spacecraft are built which, according to plans, soon will take passengers on suborbital flights. Larger rockets will deliver satellites and other large payloads to earth orbit.

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