Robotics club take aim at FIRST

Robotics club take aim at FIRST

  • Monday, December 12, 2016 10:40am
  • LifeNews

Bainbridge Middle School Robotics Club is in the middle of it’s third competitive season and is having some fantastic success.

The club, made up of middle school students from Woodward, Odyssey, Saint Cecilia, and Commodore, fielded two teams — Binary Blackbirds (8745) and the Circuit Breakers (9374) — in the FIRST Technical Challenge.

FIRST (for Inspirations and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national organization that was formed to encourage interest in math, science, and technology through robotics.

Both Bainbridge teams competed in an FTC league event in November against eight high school teams from the greater Seattle area. The eight opposing teams were from Garfield, Franklin, Aviation and Seattle Academy high schools.

In the match, Binary Blackbirds claimed second and Circuit Breakers fifth, both with solid performances.

“I felt our team was advancing very well because there were lots of new members, but they all pulled their own weight,” said Cory Houser from Binary Blackbirds.

“For an inexperienced team that only meets twice a week, we did very well,” added Quinn Courtway, also from Binary Blackbirds.

The club is now preparing for the second match on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Seattle Academy.

The Middle School Robotics Club was founded in 2014 in a large part due to generous grants from the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, the Bainbridge Community Foundation and Bainbridge Island Rotary. They’ve also enjoyed encouragement from Enrique Chee, Bainbridge High’s Spartronics Robotics Club founder.

The club’s faculty advisors are Paul Sullivan and Sean Eaton. This year’s adult mentors include Clint Pells and Mike Houser.

Binary Blackbirds student leaders are Cavoni Laranang, Taiyo McElderry and Zoe Pells. The other members of Binary Blackbirds are Sydney Weibel, Jax Campbell, Quinn Courtway, Noah Solomon, Harrison Gilmore, Cory Houser, Mark Geriach, Josh Miller, Brandon Sellie, Lane Johnson and Tanner Nalley.

Circuit Breakers student leaders are Darwin Clark, Kai Weaver-Sanso and Gabriel Titos. The other members are Maxton Fanberg, Mitchell Teresi, Willy Diaz, Zak Harmon, Ryan Olney, Evan Yeung, Evan Heisinger, Adam Rideout-Redeker, Camden Greenhalgh, Aidan Driggers and Jack Staub.

More in News

BI wants ferry service restored

Bainbridge Island wants its ferry system back. The city is sending a… Continue reading

.
Halloween events in BI

Four Halloween events are taking place on Bainbridge Island as the spooky… Continue reading

The current skate park is for those with advanced abilities. File Photo
BI park prepares for major remodel

Also, COVID vax for all parks users?

The Bainbridge Island City Council will have a public meeting to decide on improvements on Eagle Harbor Drive. This idea was shot down because of how crowded it would be with cyclists and walkers on the same side going in different directions.
Environment not as important on this project

Safety concerns override that on Eagle Harbor plan

.
It’s a gamble not getting COVID vaccine

Many people still are not get vaccinated to protect themselves and others… Continue reading

Eldon Van Liere stands next to his late wife's painting of Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, where they often traveled together. Tyler Shuey/Bainbridge Island Review
BI artist’s work lives on after her passing

Bainbridge Island artist Elizabeth Van Liere passed away in 2020 and some… Continue reading

The author of this book will be in Bainbridge. Courtesy Photo
Bainbridge Island briefs

Protest exhibit The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum is opening a new exhibit… Continue reading

Roundabouts on Highway 305 divided the Bainbridge Island City Council candidates at a recent debate. Courtesy Illustration
LWV’s debate features rapid-fire answers

Compared with two earlier debates last week, Bainbridge Island City Council candidates… Continue reading

Most Read