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Grizzlies Robotics Team advances to State
Grizzlies Robotics Team advances to State

Bear Creek's Grizzlies Robotics Team competed in the FIRST Lego League/FIRSTWA Regional Qualifier on December 4, 2010 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore and the team drew the wildcard spot for the Western Washington State Championships on Saturday, December 11, at Liberty Junior High School in Spanaway! Teams are evaluated on their research project, robot design, robot performance, and teamwork.

Bear Creek's team members are in grades 6, 7, and 8 and have been working throughout the fall season on the FLL "Body Forward" bioengineering challenge which involves not only programming robots on a challenge course, but also a research project and presentation. The Grizzlies chose the problem of color blindness. During their research process they conducted an informal color blindness survey and visited the research lab of Dr. Jay Neitz at the University of Washington Medical School. Dr. Neitz and his research group have cured color blindness in squirrel monkeys using gene therapy, so our robotics team believes that it may someday be possible to perform the same type of gene therapy intervention on humans who are color blind.

The team wrote a skit which parodies the popular television show called "Cash Cab" to present their research findings to the judges at the FLL competition. Their robot, named Dalton after one of the squirrel monkeys at UW, took second place in robot performance which contributed to the judges choosing the Grizzlies as this year's wildcard entry to represent the region at the State competition.

Grizzlies Robotics Team members are Adesuwa A., grade 6, Peter C., grade 6, Jesse D., grade 8, George H., grade 7, Sean K., grade 7, Kyle K., grade 7, Andrew M., grade 7, Javier S., grade 6, Alexander W., grade 7, and Nathan W., grade 7. Congratulations all!

Mentor/parent Mark Kenworthy has been instrumental in moving the team forward on the robot design and programming along with parent volunteer Curt Kraft. Parent volunteer Natalie Higashiyama helped the group with the Cash Cab skit.