Day 3

After kickoff our team broke up into sub teams to begin our brainstorming our mechanisms and to begin our prototyping process while the strategy team began to crunch numbers to find the best autonomous and teleoperated strategy. Im really looking forward to see how this robot fits together and how it will work in competition. Unfortunately though we have a lot of successful un-integrated machines, so right now our team will have to focus on connecting these various mechanisms.


Adam Wulfing

Bear Metal heads to World Championship

With district competition behind us, Bear Metal now heads to St. Louis for the 2016 FIRST Championship (the “World Championship”) later this month. Over the course of district competition, we competed in three qualification tournaments and then the district championship in Portland. Currently, we are ranked eighth in terms of district ranking points in the Pacific Northwest District. Continue reading

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.

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