Girl Scout Merit Badge

Last Saturday we hosted a robotics merit badge for girl scouts in second through fifth grade, in collaboration with Troop 41593 and it was a huge success! We had 65 girls from local girl scout troops packed into our shop to learn how to design, assemble, and program simple mechanisms. The goal was for each group of 6 girls to build a vex arm. They got a chance to use inventor to design a mounting cube for their arm and got to see the milling machine in action making the cube as well as the laser and our welding shop. They then launched into assembling the arm. After assembly, the girls attached the arms to pre-made chassis and learned to program their robots. They were then able to drive their robots, and pick up foam balls with arms they had created. It was a great success! We were excited to introduce the next generation to STEM, and hope to see these girls in robotics and engineering. Thanks so much to everyone who attended!

We’re hosting a programming workshop.

Our team is holding a 6 hour FRC programming workshop at the FIRSTWA Kent fieldhouse on Saturday December 8th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The goal of this FRC programming workshop, is take you from setup to completing the basics of autonomous path following as Bear Metal has used for the last couple of seasons (2017-2018). The exercise will start with the setup of IDE, Java and GIT such that you can run a basic tele-operated robot inside a provided simulation. Visualization of the robot movements and path are provided with a custom dash-board. There will be four exercises that build on the previous exercise. It uses GIT branches to take you from the start of the exercise, allows you to try your hand at completing the functionality and then allows you to see a working solution. The four exercises are 1) state estimate using odometry, 2) path creation, 3) motion profiling and then 4) path following. All required libraries are publicly available.

Items attendees should plan to bring for the workshop:
1) Laptop
2) Java SDK 1.8 installed
3) Eclipse IDE or equivalent installed
4) Xbox Controller (optional)
5) A snack or lunch

Please fill out the following form if you plan to attend.

Girl’s Generation 2018

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!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Mattress Fundraiser Results

We had our 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser in collaboration with the We The People Foundation last Saturday, and it was a big success! Each group earned over $5,000 from the event. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser! If you’d like to donate to our team but didn’t get a chance to come out to the school this weekend, you can find more information about contributing right here under the donate tab.

Thank you,

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Chezy Champs Recap

Hi All,

We had a great competition this weekend down in San Jose California at Chezy Champs! We played hard in our qualification matches on Saturday and Sunday, with a record of 8 wins 2 losses and ranked 5th overall at the competition. We then selected teams 2910, Jack in the Bot from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, WA; 1983, Skunkworks Robotics, a 4-H team from Seattle WA; and 3250, Kennedy Robotics from John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento California to play with us in eliminations. Our alliance won our quarterfinal matches, but we’re sadly eliminated in the semi-finals after two tough matches. Thanks so much to all our alliance members, and to our host team 254, The Cheesy Poofs, for the wonderful event. We loved the high level of competition. Looking forward to next year.

The team at Chezy Champs

Us on the field with our host, team 254

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics