PNW Champs

Posted: April 10, 2017

Last weekend, Camas High School’s FIRST Team Mean Machine 2471 (TMM) clinched the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Pacific Northwest District Championships in Cheney, Wash. They also took home the judges’ Excellence in Engineering Award. Now they’re off to the World Championships in Houston, Texas, April 19–22.

What you might not have known is that behind the scenes, advisor Jenifer Linthwaite and the many team mentors were hitting home possibly the most important teachings of the FRC trials: to embrace “Gracious Professionalism” and engage in “Coopertition” (not a typo). The goal of the program, after all, is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders.

  • Gracious Professionalism embraces the competition, rejects trash talk and chest thumping, and promotes empathy and respect for other teams.
  • Coopertition emphasizes that teams can cooperate and compete at the same time.

“During the competition, the team made numerous strides towards Gracious Professionalism,” said Hunter Colwell, a CHS junior and the lead videographer at TMM.  “The team helped out other struggling teams, cheered for all the award winners, was friendly to others, and had an overall positive attitude.”

To those of you following the action on Twitter, you saw that @MeanMachine2471‪ took part not only in intense robotics competition, but also in an inspiring days-long exchange of compliments. The team prides itself in having an active social media presence, led by Aubrey Johnson, a CHS senior and Running Start student. Here are a few of our favorite tweets:

  • “Congratulations to the Chairman’s Award winners – ‪@flamingchickens,  ‪@SOTABots, and ‪@FRC4125!!!”
  • “Congrats to the winners of the Industrial Design award, our robot friends ‪@1425Robotics!!”
  • “The Gracious Professionalism Award went to the very well-deserving ‪@Frc2910!!”

Colwell summed up, “Teamwork is a key aspect in our robotics team. We make sure that everyone is included and has their voice heard, as well as giving students the recognition they deserve. Ideals like this was one of the many reasons we walked away with our first District Championship win!”

The team prides itself in what they have accomplished, and hopes to continue their success next week through their most intense competition this year.

Learn more about Team Mean Machine by visiting their website.