Robotics Competes at Superregional

10 April, 2015   |     |   Academic Programs, News, Robotics, STREAM

Seattle Academy’s veteran robotics team (@SAASRobotics on Twitter), 2856 Tesseract, participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Western Superregional competition in Oakland, CA, March 27th – 19th.  The team, represented by Shanti Borling ‘16, Arielle Isaacs ‘17, Spencer Laube ‘15, Nate Lee ‘15, Wilson Rawlings ‘17, and Isaac Zinda ‘16 (with Madeleine Le ‘15 and Zach Horvitz ‘15 supporting ex situ) placed twenty-first in their division of thirty-six teams.


The experience was both frustrating and empowering. On one hand, the team was frustrated with a performance which was less than expected due partially to a mechanical failure. However, the team learned a great deal about the pitfalls of last minute improvements and the necessity for time to test and polish. In addition, the experience of seeing and playing alongside the best teams in twelve western states was uplifting. Tesseract will compete next year with the five superregionals veteran team members and a hunger to return to superregionals. Future SAAS robotics teams will benefit from dedicated program space in the new STREAM Building opening on campus September 2015. Preview the future robotics lab in the video below.

Pictures from the trip can be found at .

Isaac Zinda ‘16, a third year member of the SAAS Robotics teams, has been recognized by the FIRST Tech Challenge community as a FTC Dean’s List Finalist.  The Dean’s List applicants are selected based on a mentor submission and an interview according to their demonstrated leadership and commitment to their team and the FIRST community, technical expertise, creativity, entrepreneurship, and ability to motivate and lead teammates. Isaac will travel to the FTC World’s Championship in St. Louis on April 24 where he will be involved in a recognition ceremony and meet FIRST cofounder Dean Kamen. More information on the Dean’s List Award can be found here:

Congratulations to 2856 Tesseract as well as Isaac and his family.

Above front row (left-to-right): Arielle Isaacs ’17, Shanti Borling ’16, Spencer Laube ’15, and Nate Lee ’15. Back row (left-to-right): Wilson Rawlings ’17 and Isaac Zinda ’16.