High Tekerz Robotics began in the fall of 2010, with 11 student members, and by the end of the season we made a team decision to open our team up to all high school students in our district to allow for everyone in our community to have the opportunity to participate in FIRST.
We have a diverse student team composed of students from Somalia, Mexico, India, Guatemala and the USA. Students ages range from 14-19. The team began with a 3:1 ratio of male to female students, but by the end of the 2011 Cascade regional the team consisted of 16 students with a equal ratio of male to female students.
High Tekerz is currently being led by a partnership of students and mentors/ volunteers that consist of a teacher, parents and professionals from the business community.
As of the 2014 season we are mentoring a FIRST Lego League Team and two Jr. FIRST Lego League Teams. We are also participating in 2 regional competitions in Washington that include the Seattle Regional and the Spokane Regional.
The 2010 academic year marked the first year for the Highline High Tekerz robotics team (FIRST #3574). Through the tireless efforts of everyone involved in making team 3574 a success, the teams efforts have paid dividends in the form of the accolades and recognitions listed below:
- 2011 – Seattle Cascade Regional Highest Rookie Seed
- 2011 – Seattle Cascade Regional Rookie All-Star
- 2012 – Seattle Olympic Regional Engineering Inspiration Award
- 2012 – Seattle Olympic Regional Deans List ~ Jacob E.
- 2013 – Autodesk Oregon Regional Engineering Inspiration Award
- 2013 – Seattle Regional Judges’ Award
- 2013 – Seattle Regional Industrial Safety Award
- 2013 – Seattle Regional Woodie Flowers Finalist Award ~ Fred Leuke
- 2014 – PNW FIRST Robotics Oregon City District Event Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
- 2014 – PNW FIRST Robotics Auburn District Event Industrial Safety Award
- 2014 – PNW FIRST Robotics Auburn District Event Industrial Design Award
- 2014 – Autodesk PNW Championship Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
- 2014 – Autodesk PNW Championship FIRST Dean’s List Finalist ~ Eduadaro T.
- 2015 – Wilsonville District FIRST Woodie Flower’s Award – David Dammann
- 2015 – Wilsonville District Chairman’s Award
- 2015 – Auburn District Engineering Inspiration Award
- 2015 – World Championship: Newton Division Team Spirit Award
- 2016 – Mount Vernon District Chairman’s Award
- 2016 – Philomath District Engineering Inspiration Award
- 2016 – Auburn Industrial Safety Award
- 2016 – Autodesk PNW Championship Star of the Day Award – Ben N.
- 2016 – Autodesk PNW Championship Regional Engineering Inspiration Award
- 2016 – World Championship Star of the Day Award – Ben N.
- 2017 – Wilsonville District Engineering Inspiration Award
- 2017 – Auburn Quality Award
- 2017 – Autodesk PNW Championship Regional Engineering Inspiration Award
Tekerz are FRC role models spreading FIRST mission via:
- 180+ public events since 2011, 3022+ hours in 2014 alone.
- 5730+ volunteer hours at FIRST WA events.
- 227+ FRC students from 14 schools and homeschool.
- 100+ new FIRST volunteers contributing 15080+ hours.
- 20+ FLL events and every district FRC event in 2014.
- 21 WA teams pits transported to Worlds in 2011 and 2012 8476 miles.
- 4 annual Space Elevator contests (1000+ hours) founded by our team
- 416+ teams assisted by sharing processes, intellectual property, designs, lessons learned, supplies and expertise.
- Developing curriculum and coaching 177+ FLL students who are our TINY TEKERZ! we have spent 3837+ hrs generating early enthusiasm for STEM.