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Gateway Middle School robotics team advances to Washington state championships

Gateway Mill School’s robotics team performed very well at the Sunday, February 9, 2014, Washington FIRST Robotics semi-finals held at Jackson High School. As a result, the “Gateway Lego Guardians” are going to the Washington state championships.
Gateway Middle School's "Gateway Lego Guardians." Photo credit: Everett Public Schools.

By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public School Director of Communications.

Gateway Mill School’s robotics team performed very well at the Sunday, February 9, 2014, Washington FIRST Robotics semi-finals held at Jackson High School. As a result, the “Gateway Lego Guardians” are going to the Washington state championships held in Ellensburg on February 22nd.

“Despite the snow storm, the Gateway Lego Guardians showed up ready to compete at the Washington state semi-finals at Henry M. Jackson High School on Sunday.” said Coach Brick Baldwin.

The semi-final event, hosted by the Jackson High School “Jack-In-the-Bots,” drew almost 75 teams to compete for the league’s next level of advancement. Only the region’s top four out of 10 teams were invited to compete on Sunday.

“As always, Gateway Lego Guardians pulled together as a team and impressed the judges through all three judging categories,” said Baldwin. “In fact, they won a Robot Design trophy for designing and building a robot with elegant simplicity, but able to solve complex game challenges. This was proven when their robot held on to the 10th place spot during the challenges.”

“This is such a big win for the eighth-graders who have been hard at this for three years, but also a great thrill for the newest team members who just joined. An amazing feat they should be proud to share with their families, friends, and school,” added Baldwin.

The state competition, held in Ellensburg, will bring together the best of the best of western and eastern Washington to compete for a spot in the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri in April.

“Just a banner day all around,” concluded Robotics Advisor Tom Viloria.

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