• April 2013

    AuburnMountainview Robotics Takes Top Honors

    Auburn Mountainview High School Robotics Team No. 2907 recently earned the highest honor of the FIRST Spokane Regional Robotics Competition, the Chairman's Award, and an invitation to compete at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis on April 24-27, 2013.

    The award honors the team that best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

    "These gracious individuals complement each other's talents," said Kevin Ross, founder of Washington FIRST Robotics. "They are endlessly giving their time to outreach to and mentor FLL (FIRST Lego League) teams throughout their community ... and helping other teams get started."

    In the past two weeks, Auburn Mountainview Team No. 2907 and Auburn High School Team No. 3219, also known as"TREAD" (Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Design), have competed against robotics teams from throughout the state at the FIRST Microsoft Seattle Regional Robotics Competition and the FIRST Spokane Regional Robotics Competition.

    This year's competition, called "Ultimate Ascent," required teams to build robots that could play a game similar to Ultimate Frisbee. During a six-week "build session,"Auburn's robotics teams designed, programmed and built 150-pound robots that could shoot flying disks through goals of varying heights, defend against other robots and climb a pyramid structure. After the build session, the robots were crated and shipped to a secure location. Teams reunited with their robots one day prior to competition.

    During the first day of competition, robots played in constantly evolving teams of three-against-three during seeding rounds. Highly ranked teams selected an "alliance" of three robots for the final rounds on the second day of competition.

    FIRST Robotics encourages and inspires students to engage in the fields of engineering, science and technology through hands-on, mentor-supported challenges and achievements. The experience inspires innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

    ARTICLE COURTESY OF: Auburn Reporter April 12, 2013

    Our team is power-rankedin the upper 50% on our field so it should be some great competition!