Two state-level FIRST Robotics championships were held Feb. 4 in Kent.
The Atomic Robotics Team 3805 from Edmonds Heights K-12 came away with their first-ever state championship at the FIRST Tech ChallengeWestern Washington State Championship, for grades 7-12. They were part of the winning alliance that also included teams from Vashon Island HighSchool and Seattle Academy.
“It felt like losing my voice over stress in the final matches and excitement over the victory at the end of the day,” team member Isaac Waggonersaid.
Team member Jesse Sershon said the team has worked hard. “I’ve been on the team for three years now, and throughout all of our successes, thewinning alliance title at state might be the most rewarding.”
Other members of the winning team are Luke Brisse, Madeleine Jenness, Jonny Red, Zach Red, Nathan Anderson, Hillel Coates, LaneyPeterson and Donovan Burger.
Other local teams that advanced to state for FIRST Tech Challenge were the BEARbots Team 6485 and Hibernotics Team 7342, both of CascadeHigh School in Everett, and the NeoBots Team 9330 from Arlington High School. The three teams competed together and reached the finals.
Local teams also advanced to the FIRST Lego League Western Washington State Championship, for grades 4-8, held at the same time.
Northshore Christian Academy in Everett fielded two teams. Robogators Yellow Team 6430 won an award for their robot’s mechanical design, whileRobogators Blue Team 6438 won an award for their robot’s performance.
Local Girl Scouts (The Not So Mad Scientists Team 6788) and Edmonds Heights K-12 (Flaming Wolves Team 8024) also competed at state.
The state-level FIRST Robotics Competition championship for high school teams is slated for April in Cheney.
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