On Jan. 30, Tyee Middle School’s rookie FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team Robo Thunder competed among the 32 best FIRST Washington robotics teams in the State Championship Tournament held in Kent, and hosted by Washington FIRST Robotics. 

Tyee’s Robo Thunder was one of the three finalists for the Think Award based on the quality of their engineering notebook documenting, their robot design evolution, teamwork, business plan, and community outreach.  In the championship playoffs, Tyee led their alliance in the second-to-last match to win with a slim margin of 254-250 points.  In this match all four robots were able to climb a steep mountain ramp, rescued “climbers,” and then hung from a bar at the top of the mountain.  In the final match, Tyee led their alliance to victory by a 268-192 score.  Their score of 268 was the top score in the competition.

Washington State FTC Champion 2016 Tyee MSRobo Thunder was named the 2016 State Champion in FTC Robotics!  The team members are: Nathaniel Chang, Ashley Mead, Diana Ouyang, Alex Qiu, Everett Rendon, Katrina Rowland, Acchin Thev, and Hannah Wang.

Along with eight other teams from around the state, the team has been invited to represent Tyee, and the state of Washington, in the “super-regional” tournament to be held in California in March.