The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Robotics team wins trophy


January 16, 2020

Wauna Engineer Henry Fennell gives robotics team captain Evie Davidson a check for $1,000 for robotics equipment. Georgia Pacific supports technology education throughout the area and awarded the Wahkiakum School District robotics club this grant for equipment for the second year. In making the award, Kristi Ward, Public Affairs Manager for Wauna Mills Georgia Pacific, stated that the company was very pleased with the work being done at WSD supporting STEM education. Henry Fennell, senior project engineer at Wauna, presented the award. FIRST Tech Challenge team captain Evie Davidson accepted the award with school superintendent Brent Freeman and team members and coaches all looking on. Photo courtesy of Wahkiakum School District.

The high school robotics team and a support group of middle school future robotics team members played for 15 hours traveling to Olympia and doing robotics with 35 other teams coming from Seattle to Vancouver in the Watt Interleague Championships.

Robotics team with support from John C. Thomas middle school celebrates their "Motivate Award" trophy earned at St. Martin's college, Olympia last Sunday. Courtesy photo.

We played five matches, two-on-two, with many of the other teams. One of our matches was against the eventual winner from Union High school, Geared Reaction. They were tough!

Robotics does not have school association levels - we are all in there together. During awards we were surprised and pleased to learn that we earned the "Motivate Award" trophy. This is given to the one team that most exemplifies FIRST Robotics in community involvement. As the award was presented the announcer especially noted our mentoring elementary school students, our presentation to our county commissioners, and our recent award from Wauna Mills Georgia Pacific.

Thanks, everyone for supporting our STEM robotics programs in the district! This is another example of how well our district is preparing our students for careers in the modern economy. Our next event is the tournament we are hosting here in Wahkiakum on March 19. Come to school and check us out.


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