Robotics Summer Camps 2018!


This summer we will be holding three sessions of our summer camp, all held at the new Tahoma High School. Campers aged 8-14 will learn how to build a robot in groups using VEX robotics parts and programming. Campers will be assisted by student counselors from our club. Participants will be given a game to play with specific tasks to score points much like what we do at the high school but at a smaller scale. On the fifth day of camp, campers will be able to compete against each other in a small competition in which family and friends are invited to watch.

Sign up forms for each camp are linked below. If you have a request for your child to be in a group with specific individuals, please indicate who in the notes section of the form as well as any other concerns or things that we should be made aware of.

Camp Session #1 (June 25th – June 29th):

  • Students entering grades 3-5
  • Cost: $200
  • Mon – Thu 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (competition day)

Camp Session #2 (July 9th – July 13th):

  • Students entering grades 6-8
  • Cost: $220
  • Mon – Thu 9:00 am – 2:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (competition day)

Camp Session #3 (July 16th – July 20th):

  • Students entering grades 3-5
  • Cost: $200
  • Mon – Thu 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (competition day)


If you have any questions about the camp, feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Thank you!

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

Clackamas Academy 2018

This weekend we competed in PNW District Clackamas Academy Event in Oregon City, OR. This year, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) game was called FIRST Power Up and was video game themed. The objectives of the game were to gain control of scale-like elements and get “power ups” for addition points. More about the game can be seen here:
Our team fought long and hard over the two day competition to keep our position as the first place team. We ended the qualifying matches with a 12-0-0 record.

drive team members Zoey and Catherine

Going into the finals matches, we partnered ourselves with the Circuit Breakers (from Medical Lake, WA) and Mystic Biscuit (from Bend, OR). We played through mechanical and pneumatic issues using innovative techniques and with the help of our assembly team’s fast repairs.

pit crew members prepare for the next match

The gears used to move our lift kept breaking throughout the competition but we were able to continue on by replacement. To keep this from happening again, we plan on investing in steel gears that will stand the rigors of competition better.
We won quarter and semi finals with no losses. At the conclusion of the semifinals, our robot started to experience issues with pneumatics, making us unable to shift into low gear to climb so we opted for our alliance partner, 4513 to climb instead of us. The very final matches of the day were once again won 401 – 237 and 367 – 197, giving us the win for the competition with a clean slate.
We also received the Excellence in Engineering Award for our innovative integration of a lift and climber onto the same gearbox.

lead designer holds Excellence in Engineering award

Two of our students, Zoey Oshiro and Matthew Culp, were nominated for the Dean’s List award, an award that recognizes students for their leadership and dedication to the FIRST program and their communities. Matthew Culp moved on as a Dean’s List Finalist.
One of our valued mentors, Joseph O’Brien was also nominated for the Woodie Flower’s award, one awarded to a mentor that does an amazing job in teaching and inspiring pupils.
Our next competition will be at Auburn High School on March 17th and 18th. We plan on continuing to make improvements to our robot over the next two weeks in order to compete at the highest level possible.
Here is the footage of our finals matches:
To track our team over the following months, you can go to The Blue Alliance.
Thank you so much to all of our sponsors, parents, mentors, and other supporters for helping us get where we are now. A special shoutout goes to FIRST Washington, the Flaming Chickens, and Stormbots for the materials that they provided to help us get through the elimination matches. We can’t wait to see where this season goes!
Thank you,
Ryleigh Weston
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 46 – The Final Stretch

Today marks the final day of build season! It was a day of extensive testing on the robot, with programming and prototype iterations. Confirming working autonomous programs, climbing to defeat the boss, and scoring power cubes to reach our goals. Team friends and family members gathered for a presentation, our team leaders delivered explanations and speeches, and a team photo was taken.

Design lead Noah talks about to students, mentors, and parents alike about this year’s robot

Bear Metal students gather around Ursa Origin, Ursa Major, and Gatorade

Students hold gate as it starts to fall during photo

Our 2018 robots name was announced! Our competition robot has been dubbed “Ursa Origin” because of strong resemblances to our 2011 robot, Ursa Major– ‘ursa’ meaning bear. As well as this year marking our 12th season. The team made its start in Portable 12 at our previous high school, making this our Origin.


Club president hunkers down with Ursa Origin

Our 2018 practice bot has been lovingly named “Gatorade” for our yellow powder coated parts spending a bit too long in the oven, giving the parts a Gatorade yellow appearance.

With our robot bagged at 8:46 pm PST, we have bagged our robot at 20:46, a tradition that we hope to keep for the years to come.

This marks the end of one successful, exhilarating, and fun build season!
Our team is confirmed for competing at the following events:

Clackamas Academy

Auburn High


Auburn Mountainview

As always, you can track our team on The Blue Alliance to see match play, rankings, etc. Just look up ‘2046’ or ‘Bear Metal’.

Thank you to all of our mentors, parents, and sponsors that have aided us in this accomplishment.

Good luck to you all in this FRC Power Up! season.


Jayce Grimm


Ryleigh Weston

Bear Metal Robotics

The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Woodbury

In January, our team sadly lost a valuable mentor, Bob Woodbury. Moving to the Seattle area for the University of Washington computer science program, Mr. Woodbury built a career as a web designer and software developer. Mr. Woodbury crossed paths with Bear Metal in 2008. Throughout his years working with our team, he became an influential mentor. Initially he helped develop software for scouting, but soon shifted his focus to supporting our business and award teams. He helped edit and review press releases, award submissions, and website posts. Mr. Woodbury’s serious demeanor and passion for robotics motivated many members. His commitment to our team inspired everyone and our team was better for it. We greatly appreciate all that he did for our team. Bob Woodbury, you will be missed.

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 40

The electronics team was able to finish the practice robot within the first part of the build day. Moving on, we worked on wiring up the competition robot. The programming team worked on the practice robot and our lift system. Design continued to work on different collector iterations. Apex Robotics paid our team a visit to test out some of their mechanisms on our scale.

Ryleigh “Wire Queen” Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics