Robotics Society promotes STEM

April 8, 2014

As the members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition held in March, it represented a win for thousands of district students.

In six short years, the robotics club raised awareness in the community and generated a wave of interest and demand for robotics among students in younger grades.

It’s also led to increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics class across the district, according to Dennis Wright, Issaquah School District director of career and counseling services.

Contributed Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition in March.

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Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition in March.

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Future now

November 26, 2013

Issaquah club uses robots to jumpstart career paths, competitive juices

Photos by Neil Pierson Issaquah High School students Sarah Powazek and Spencer Tickman lift Gigabot, the robot they created for the 2013 competition season.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School students Sarah Powazek and Spencer Tickman lift Gigabot, the robot they created for the 2013 competition season.

Robotics will likely be a growing field for today’s high-school graduates to pursue, and the Issaquah Robotics Society is trying to create a competitive buzz around their highly technical interests.

The robotics society, marking its 10th year this year, will begin its next season of competition in January. Like other student-led teams in the state — which compete under the rules of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — they’ll have six weeks to build a robot for entrance in various regional competitions.

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Students gear up for da Vinci, a robot surgeon

October 18, 2011

Swedish/Issaquah hosts local schools for robotics demonstration

Michael Petkov, Swedish Medical Center robotics charge nurse, sets the arms on a da Vinci Surgical System robot to perform procedures on a dish of plastic pieces and a grape. By Greg Farrar

The surgeon of the future is clad in gray plastic and operates using a quartet of spindly arms.

The brain in the surgeon of the future — a robot named for a legendary inventor — is a flesh-and-blood physician at the controls. The surgeon guides the robot amid procedures and, like a scene lifted from a sci-fi flick, guide tool-tipped arms to cut infinitesimal incisions and perform tasks inside the confines of a human body.

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The future arrives: Drive a robot at Issaquah High School

May 31, 2011

NEW — 3:15 p.m. May 31, 2011

The community is invited to drive a robot and eat a savory dinner at the annual spaghetti feed and silent auction, organized by the Issaquah Robotics Society and the Issaquah High School FIRST team.

Hungry empowered nerds of any age can start the night at 7 p.m. Friday at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Tickets cost $8 per person.

The fundraiser benefits both high school clubs. The FIRST team is an international robotics league. The acronym stands For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

FIRST members work with teachers and community members to create hands-on opportunities for kindergarten through 12th-grade students, teaching them about science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business.

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Issaquah High School robotics hosts auction

June 1, 2010

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.

American Association of University Women honors local female students

May 18, 2010

The American Association of University Women, Issaquah Branch, on April 22 honored nine outstanding high school women scholars who excel in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Issaquah High School

Kathleen Moore — mathematics

Kathleen Moore

Among the seven science and math courses Moore will complete this year are Advanced Placement physics, chemistry, biology and calculus. Moore has also been recognized for excellence in American literature. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Robotics Club. Outside of school, Moore has counseled at the Girl Scout day camp for six years and works at the local food bank. After high school, Moore plans to attend a four-year university and work toward a degree in math, science or engineering.

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Students solve the world’s problems, one science fair project at a time

March 30, 2010

Maren Larsen, a first-grader, asks Ben Hanson, an Issaquah High School Robotics Team member, questions about this year’s robot at the Sunset Elementary School science fair. — By Chantelle Lusebrink

Electrifying currents, tornados in two-liter bottles and homemade glue — these and other projects dazzled parents and teachers alike as the Sunset Elementary School science fair unleashed itself with the fury of several baking soda volcanoes March 18 and 19.

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Get Involved

January 26, 2010

Issaquah High School

Robotics Society

By Alex Tucker

The Issaquah Robotics Society is in full swing as it gears up for its first competition in March in Portland, Ore. The robotics club has an impressive history of victories, and this year will likely be no different, due to the members’ enthusiasm and dedication.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation awards more than $64,000

April 28, 2009

Twenty-three teachers have been presented with more than $64,000 in grant money to help fulfill educational goals in classrooms throughout the Issaquah School District.

The teachers applied through the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grants or Classroom Enrichment Grants. Read more