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

Chezy Champs 2018

Hi!

We are excited to announce we will be attending Chezy Champs, an off-season event in San Jose California hosted by Bellarmine College Preparatory’s The Cheesy Poofs, next weekend September 28th-30th. The schedule is below. You can find more information about the event and see matches on Saturday and Sunday here.

We welcome the challenge and are looking forward to competing with all the teams attending!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Bear Metal wins Peak Performance

Hi!

Bear Metal had an excellent competition this Saturday at Peak Performance! We were able to win all six of our qualification matches and ranked 2 out of 28.  We then went on to choose team 1318 the Issaquah Robotics Society from Issaquah High School and team 2733 Pigmice from Cleveland High School as our alliance members for the elimination matches. We fought hard in quarter and semifinals. The drivers were at the top of their game, and the programming team’s hard work showed in our autonomous. The robot was able to place three cubes in the scale in the 15 seconds allotted for the autonomous period. We dominated the first final, but as we climbed for endgame, our gearbox broke. With hard work from the pit crew and a little luck, however, we were able to put the robot back on the field and play our second finals match. We lost it by a close margin but were able to come back and win the third final. With best out of three, we won the event! Thanks to our alliance members, and to all the teams at the event. It was a wonderful competition, and we were glad to compete.

Our drive team poses with drive teams from 1318 (right) and 2733 (left). Driver, Shane Beres holds the coveted trophy.

The robot places a power cube on the scale during its autonomous period.

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

The 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser

Hi!

The Tacoma high school’s 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser hosted by the Robotics Booster Club and the We The People Foundation is coming up fast. The event will be Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Tahoma high school. Please spread the word and this flyer.

We hope to see you there!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Peak Performance

Hi!
We are excited to be attending Peak Performance, our first off-season competition of the year, this Saturday, September 8th. The event will be at Seattle Christian School. You can watch us competing here on Saturday. This is the schedule

7:00 am – Load In

8:30 am – Opening Ceremonies

8:45 am – Matches Start

11:00 am – Lunch Break

11:30 am – Resume Matches

1:00 pm – End Qualifications

1:15 pm – Alliance Selections

2:00 pm – Start Playoffs

5:30 pm – End Playoffs, Awards Ceremony

6:00 pm – Event Ends

We look forward to playing with our fellow PNW teams!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics