Issaquah High School robotics hosts auction

June 1, 2010

By Staff

Want to help spur technological advancement? Fund a robot.

Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Team are hosting a silent auction to help them build skills they can apply in the future.

Each year, the team builds an operational robot that competes as part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology program. FIRST’s nationally renowned engineers, scientists and computer software engineers create a problem distributed to teams across the nation that to solve requires teams to build a functioning robot.

Teams have six weeks to design, create and test the robot before entering competitions where robots battle for points. Each point is acquired by how well a robot solves a problem posed.

The team has attended two national championships since its inception and placed among the top 16 teams worldwide.

Many of the team’s members have gone on to study mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, medicine, computer science and design at colleges throughout the county.

In order to compete and have the tools needed to build a robot, the team needs to raise nearly $8,000 in funding each year.

For $7, you get all-you-can-eat spaghetti and you can bid on items like a snowboarding lesson and lift ticket, and a date night basket.

The auction will be from 6-8 p.m. June 4 in the high school’s commons, 600 Second Ave.

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