Local high schools’ club activities get into full swing

October 25, 2011

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Pingpong brings out competitive side of members

“Ping. Pong.”

The sound echoes around the commons as pairs of people play in heated matches of table tennis, or as it’s more commonly known, ping-pong. Next week, Issaquah High School’s Ping-Pong Club will compete against each other for the titles of Master Ping and Disciple Pong.

• The club was founded last year by a group of pingpong fanatics, led by Pranav Mellacheruvu. They meet every Friday to play pingpong and sometimes compete. Tournaments are frequent, regimented affairs, with strict rules and even a small entry fee.

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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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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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