Tahoma Robotics Club is located in Maple Valley, Washington. We are made up of students from both the Senior and Junior High School of Tahoma School District #409. Our club has consistently received recognition for our continued effort to create innovative designs and to go outside the box in concept and game style.
Our team (Team 2046 Bear Metal) participates each year in the FIRST Robotics Competition. An acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST was created in 1989 to promote science, math, technology, and engineering skills among high school students. Today, FIRST has over $12 million in scholarships for graduating students.
“To create a world where science and technology are celebrated, where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.” Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST
FIRST was founded around the idea of gracious professionalism. Gracious professionalism is the concept that everyone learns and competes like crazy, but simultaneously they treat everyone with respect and kindness. It is camaraderie in the heat of competition unlike any other varsity sport.
Robotics to us is more than just a battle-bot competition. Students on our robotics team learn many skills, including mechanical drafting/CAD, electronics, pneumatics, programming, website design, public speaking skills, and the importance of community service. Adult mentors and teachers alike contribute their knowledge to the students in order to further their understanding and experience in specific areas. Mentors do not perform tasks for the students, rather they help to “fill in the holes” by teaching the students how to perform specific tasks. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to overcome obstacles each year in the design and construction of a robot.