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.