Hi Everyone!

Our team, with the help of the Bear Metal Booster Club, has been carefully saving and raising funds for the past couple of years for a new CNC Mill to manufacture our robot parts. We were just notified yesterday that we have an opportunity to have $40,000 in matching funds, but the opportunity expires on June 1st if we don’t meet our goal. We need to raise about $20,000 in the next 10 days to reach this goal. This piece of machinery will help our team and also provide training in skilled trades for so many of the youth in the community.

We are asking for people to help us through donations and business sponsorships. Please share with family, friends and others you think would support this cause.

You can donate through FirstWA.

Put FRC 2046 in the box that says: ‘Want To Support A Specific Team? Enter Team Number Here’

OR mail a check to:

Bear Metal Booster Club

P.O. Box 616

Maple Valley, WA 98038

Note Mill fund on your check.

Thank you so much!

Executive Team

Tahoma Robotics Club

An End and a Beginning


Over the past few months, our team has made huge strides in competition. We were finalists at the Auburn Event and received the Industrial Design Award for our robot’s capabilities and performance. At the Auburn Mountainview Event, we gave our backup drive team time to practice in official matches before switching off with our official drive team. Going into the finals with teams Error Code Xero and Chaos Theory, we were able to take home the blue. Additionally, we won the Chairman’s Award, an honor placed upon a team for their impact on STEM education and their community.

drive team and backup drive team

our team and our alliance partners, Error Code Xerox and Chaos Theory

team members at the Auburn Mountainview event

We advanced on to the Pacific Northwest District Championship in Portland, fighting long and hard over the three day competition, and making into the finals. However, we were beat out by an alliance of three other competitive teams in our district. We received the Innovation in Control award for our autonomous code and reliable robot function.

Advancing to the World Championship in Houston, TX team members learned a lot playing against some of the best teams in the world and attending conferences on business and management. We got to the semifinals on our field but lost out to the other alliance. Before we headed out of town, we visited the Johnson Space Center (NASA) and got to see applications of engineering on a larger scale.

team members at the championship in Houston

As our team put an end to the competition season, we have opened ourselves up for a new beginning. On Thursday, we held our team elections for the new executive board – the President, Vice-President, and Secretary of Communications were elected. On Friday morning a group of our students presented to the Maple Valley Rotary about our program and demonstrated our robot. Today we are showing off our robot and program at the Alaskan Airlines Aviation Day and later this week we will be doing the same at the Seattle Storm’s Storm into STEM event.

You can come see us at our stand at Maple Valley Days and in the parade from June 8th-10th. Come check us out to see our robot and drive some of our smaller outreach robots. Additionally, if you have a child going into grades 2-8, we still have spots open in our robotics camps which you can sign up for using the links in the post below.

Thank you!

Ryleigh Weston

Vice President

Bear Metal Robotics

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