Garfield-Palouse Robotics team advances to World Competition in St. Louis

April 17th, 2016 by —
robotiks - mark speaks

An awesome morning at the Washington state capital! Team advisor/teacher Mark Sawyer giving an impromptu speech on the capital lawn on small towns and robotics.

ROBOTICS!! Who would have thought?

The Palouse “rookie” team of Robotics is headed to the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri competition April 27-30. World Championship involves 600 robots from 39 countries.

“It’s amazing to see our small GP team (six members) compete with teams of up to 75 members!” one parent commented. The St. Louis competition will be in the huge Edward Jones Dome which holds about 60,000 spectators and has a competition floor with eight teams competing at once.

A monumental $7,000 (give or take) was raised at a spaghetti feed at the Palouse Community Center Friday, April 16. The feed was on donation only basis and the people of Palouse GAVE and GAVE – typical for this community. The cost to attend the St. Louis competition is heavy. The team must anti-up $5,000 just to compete and each team member will need about $1200 for their travel expense.

At the team’s very first competition in Spokane (March 3-5) they were ranked first with a record of 15-3-0 winning the Rookie All Star Award, District Event Finalist, and Highest Rookie Seed.

In Ellensburg March 17-19 the team was Rank 5 with a record of 8-6-1 and won Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and Highest Rookie Seed.

At their last competition at Portland, Oregon, April 6-9 the team was Rank 36 with a record of 5-7-0 and will now advance to the Einstein Field in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.



VIKotics - HURSTWIC robot

Meet the Gar-Pal VIKotics Robot!


For the not-so-Robotic-eye, a spectator might see a moving Lego-looking HUGE block (120 pounds) moving on its own. But for the GP VIKotics team members, each movement is carefully orchestrated and completed with precision programming a computer. The “robot” constructed by this team of high school students must put their machine on a “quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their town with boulders and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final seconds of the, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower.”

Robotics competition has been described as the “ultimate sport for the mind” and the positive impact on our students is gratifying and well documents as 88% have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course and 90% are more interested in attending college ( First Inspires

A big advantage to participating in FIRST is gaining access to millions in college scholarships made available by colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST. This is an exclusive pool of financial help open only to FIRST team members, giving them a competitive leg up on other students seeking educational funds. First Inspires robotics

Several of the GP members have been approached by Boeing and NASA for internships and scholarships.

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”