Students gear up for Seattle Regional FIRST Robotics Competition



Posted on March 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 10:46 AM

The Regional Seattle First Robotics Competition is quickly approaching and students in our area are busy putting the finishing touches on their robots.  The theme this year is "Rebound Rumble."
"This game is designed to have robots shoot 8-inch diameter basketballs into all these hoops on different sides of the field" said Sydney Miller, senior at Aviation High School.
Teams are given six weeks to design, plan and build a robot that will compete in the regional championships at the end of March.
"Six weeks is not very long no matter how long it sounds. The first week is purely design and the next five are build build build all we can" said Miller.
Mentors from local industry are a large component of this program. Thousands of volunteer hours are spent coaching, teaching and guiding students as they build their robots.
"Industry supports with not only volunteer hours but they'll donate substantial funds" said Gary Miller, test engineer for Boeing and First Robotics mentor.
"They give us incredible opportunity to learn about how these systems work" said Miller.
The forty-two member team from Aviation High School in Des Moines will compete against hundreds of other teams at Century Event Center at the end of March with the hope of scoring a spot in the World Championships in St. Louis.
The Seattle Regional First Robotics competition goes March 22-24 at the Century Link Event Center. For more information on tickets visit:

FIRST Robotics Competition - Seattle Regional Competition