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Issaquah Robotics Team Leads All Washington Alliance at World Semi-Finals

Issaquah Robotics Team Leads All Washington Alliance at World Semi-Finals

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 8 May, 2017
Issaquah Robotics Society Team 1318 representing Issaquah High School competed at the FIRST World Robotics Competition in Houston on April 19-22, advancing to the prestigious Einstein Semi-Finals where it selected three other Washington teams to join its alliance for the competition.

After qualifying on April 8, 2017 to compete at the World Robotics Competition for the fourth year in a row, 23 of over 70 student members of IRS Team 1318 along with eight adult mentors traveled to Houston, Texas on April 18. In Houston, they competed against 401 other FIRST teams from around the world while a second FIRST World Competition is being held in St. Louis from April 26-29 for an additional 407 FIRST teams. Team 1318’s alliance decisively won first place in the Turing division of the competition which qualified it as one of the 24 Houston teams to compete in the prestigious Einstein World Semi-Finals on April 22. As alliance captain, they were able to select three other teams to join its alliance, which marked the first time a team from the FIRST Pacific Northwest District has led an alliance at that level.

In choosing its alliance partners for the Einstein Semifinals, IRS Team 1318 was honored to select three other Pacific Northwest teams – 2046 Bear Metal (Tahoma High School, Covington); 1595 The Dragons (Saint George's School, Spokane); and 2907 Lion Robotics (Auburn Mountainview High School, Auburn).

While the alliance led by IRS Team 1318 did not advance to the Einstein final match in Houston, its outstanding performance as one of the 24 top teams in Houston placed them among the top 48 FIRST Robotics teams worldwide out of over 3,000 active teams.

This caps a season in which IRS Team 1318 also received the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award given by the FIRST robotics organization, at the Auburn Mountainview District competition in March.  The Chairman’s Award honors the team that best embodies the purpose and goals of the organization and represents a model for other teams to emulate.

FIRST Robotics Competition is a fun and challenging science and technology program for kids grades 9-12. It’s one in a progression of four programs that make up FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international STEM organization designed to foster 21st century life skills and spark kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. In the FIRST Robotics Competition, teams of high school students are given just six weeks to design, build, and program a robot capable of playing a challenging field game with and against other robots.  The theme, objectives, and rules of the game change each year.