October 27th, Bear Metal, the robotics team from Tahoma High School, hosted their annual Girls’ Generation Competition. Bear Metal started Girls Gen back in 2012 with the goal of giving girls in the Pacific Northwest a chance to get involved in their robotics teams, as well as promoting women in STEM careers.
At this competition, the robot drive teams must be made up of girls. The team is part of the FIRST robotics competition (FRC), a high school program that has teams build and compete with a robot in a task-based challenge. Girl’s Generation is part of the FRC off-season.
Bear Metal’s girls ended the qualification matches ranked 4th out of 33. For the elimination matches, they picked Spartabots from Skyline High School, and Robototes from Sammamish Senior High to join their alliance. The alliance won the semi-finals and moved on to the finals, facing The Issaquah Robotics Society from Issaquah High School, along with Skunkworks Robotics, a community team from Seattle, and Chill Out from Mountlake Terrace High School.
Bear Metal’s alliance was able to defeat them, winning the finals, and thus making them the winners of the event. Way to go Girls!