Here is a history of every season of our club from our conception in 2005. For a list of the achievements of this club, see the Achievements page.
During the 2014-2015 season, Saints Robotics went to competitions at Glacier Peak High School and Auburn High School. During the offseason, freshmen were noticeably more involved in learning and applying new skills, culminating in the construction of a Treeshirt cannon which came in useful for subsequent demonstrations at elementary schools, assemblies, and even the Seafair. Though faced with difficulties such as losing funding from several sources, the graduation of several important members, and the loss of the laser cutter from Boeing, the team pulled through and built a robot to answer that year’s unique challenge, Recycle Rush.
Aptly named Treecycle, the robot performed clumsily during the first competition, but the loss of its arms lead to increased effectiveness and an amazing comeback in the 2nd round. Although not making it to district finals, the team nevertheless won an entrepreneurship award for its outstanding business plan which detailed how each subteam worked together to spread passion in science and technology, as well as setting goals to achieve in the coming years. By fulfilling and exceeding these objectives, Saints Robotics will continue to grow as a team and spread opportunities in STEM while building increasingly competitive robots. As a result, each and every member is looking forward to another season of enjoyment and enrichment.
In the 2013-2014 FRC season, the Saints Robotics team went to the FRC competitions at Shorewood and Glacier Peak High School. The team finished in the quarterfinals at Shorewood and the semifinals at Glacier Peak. The team’s outstanding management lead to them winning the entrepreneurship award as a recognition of the team’s framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. Although the team did not go as far as they did in the previous season, the team still finished strong and will stay strong in anticipation for the 2014-2015 season.
This season the Saints Robotics team participated in the 2012–2013 FRC season, again traveling to both the Seattle and Spokane Regionals, as well as the FRC World Championships in St. Louis. At Seattle, the team made eliminations, but lost in the quarterfinals, whereas in Spokane the team ended up as finalists, receiving a berth to Championships through the wild card system. At Championships, the team didn’t make eliminations, but maintained a 4-4 record. The team also won the Entrepreneurship Award at Seattle, given to the team with the best business plan for future sustainability, and the Motorola Quality Award in Spokane, given to the team that best exemplifies a quality FIRST team. The 2013 year was one of our best seasons yet, finishing 4th seed in Seattle and 5th seed in Spokane. Our fast and agile robot put up quite the competition at the regionals we attended
This year’s overhaul of design and build for the entire robot greatly revolutionized the way we construct robots. Instead of a conventional metal chassis, the team elected to expand the usage of laser cut wood, testing out and implementing various wooden solutions. As a result, the completely wood chassis turned many heads at all 3 competitions we went to, attracting a lot of big name attention in Championships.
In the 2011-12 season the Saints Robotics team participated in the 2011–2012 FRC season, this time traveling to both the Seattle Olympic and Spokane Regionals. At Seattle, the team made eliminations and ended as a semifinalists, whereas in Spokane the team ended up as quarterfinalists. The team also won the Entrepreneurship Award at Spokane, given to the team with the best business plan for future sustainability. Although the robot was not as successful as the breakthrough 2011 season, many lessons were learned from the problems from faulty mechanisms.
This year represented a shift in the design and build processes for the team, as the team learned a lot about what structures and mechanisms worked well, and what did not perform to expectations. This would serve us well in the next season. 2012 also was the first year the team integrated laser cut wood elements onto the robot, shaping the materials used in the next year and beyond
This year, the Saints Robotics team participated in the 2010–2011 FRC season. At the 2011 Seattle Olympic Regional, we were part of the winning alliance in the elimination matches along with team 2990 and team 3393. We also won the regional Chairman’s Award, given to the team that best represents the values of FIRST. We advanced to the FRC Championships for the first time in the history of the team, where we placed 38th in the Archimedes Division.
In addition, we have experienced a great change in leadership this season. Several of our most experienced club members have become officers, including Larry L. (Treasurer), Vivek P. (Build Team Officer), Bobby P. (Build Team Officer), and Tyler O. (Media Officer). Our first VEX competition took place on November 20, 2010 at Redmond High School.
Though we started with only five students, we’ve since grown into a vibrant club with over 40 members. Right after the 2009 season our team underwent momentous changes, including reorganization of the leadership team, as well as changes in how the public relations and programming team was run. For the off-season project, the team decided to build a simple second robot for the programming team to work on, as well as modify the “Om-bot” to make it presentable. We also started a Support-Group mostly run by parents in order to help with the organization of carpooling as well as food and chaperoning. In the beginning of the year, the VEX team won at the VEX Jumpstart Competition and qualified to go to the Worlds competition in Dallas, Texas.
During build season, the team decided to try a new process for designing the robot, in which the team was split into four sub-teams and each team came up with different ideas for a robot. Through this process, the team was able to come up with many diverse robot designs. Once the team decided on a design, drawing and CAD drawings were made. The team split into the previously determined subteams and started working in parallel on the robot. The final robot uses mecanum wheels, has a powerful kicker, and an arm to lift the robot onto a pullup bar.
The 2008–2009 season started with the construction of our off-season project: a robot with four omni-wheels. This was an experimental design with a completely new drive train for our club. 2008 was also the inaugural year for the VEX Robotics team, which competed in the Elevation challenge. The hands-on learning “classes” set up before build season attracted a whole new wave of dedicated members, eager to learn from the veterans. While the build team practiced building, the public relations team hosted multiple events. Interlake High School was the site of the preseason workshop in November, which was attended by about 1000 students from local teams. The kickoff in January, once again hosted in our school, was a tremendous success. Saints Robotics participated in the FIRST Robotics Lunacy Competition with their robot, nicknamed “Om-bot,” and attended the Microsoft Seattle Regional in Key Arena on March 26-28.
The 2007–2008 season of Saints Robotics was a long adventure. The year started off with a flurry of pre-season planning and activity. Team membership boomed to 43, the website was redesigned, and the team has acquired the support of the Bezos Family Foundation again as well as two new partners: Magellan Architects and Case Engineering. The design division planned an updated drive system even before the kickoff event. Saints Robotics participated in the brand-new Microsoft Seattle Regional in Tacoma with the robot codenamed “Boten Anna” and was able to compete in the finals and bring back home the Second Place Alliance trophy! A huge thanks to all our sponsors, Bezos Family Foundation, Magellan Architects and CASE Engineering without whom we would not have been able to succeed.
The 2006–2007 year was led by an entirely new leadership that had little to no previous experience on the competition. Despite the rocky start, the robot “Ultimate Novice” was created. Team 1899 was able to enter the Pacific Northwest Regional again due to a grant from the Bezos Family Foundation. Even though the robot was mostly built of parts from the kit, team 1899 finished in 27th place in the Portland Regional.
Saints Robotics was started in 2005 by David Ayele with help from advisor and teacher James Cooney. They attended the Pacific Northwest Regional in Portland, Oregon with the NASA grant for rookie FRC teams. The team competed in that year’s game, Aim High, with their robot, “Nubcake.” While Saints Robotics lacked experience with building robots in the short six-week-long build season, Ayele and his four teammates attended the competition, placing 35th for their rookie year.