Jackson’s robotics team, Jack in the Bot, wins 3rd competition of the season

Team ranks No.1 in FIRST® Robotics, PNW District
Apr 19, 2019
Members of Jackson High’s robotics team, Jack in the Bot, proved their mettle when they ranked 1st in the recent Glacier Peak event.

Henry M. Jackson High School’s FIRST Robotics team 2910, Jack In The Bot, competed at the Glacier Peak event March 23-24. The team’s students and mentors designed and engineered a robot with great potential.

Out of the 38 teams that competed, Jack In The Bot was ranked 1st in the competitive field. Both the team and the robot brought home another winner’s blue banner and trophy.

Maggie Thorleifson, team 2910’s advisor and coach, said this regarding the competition: “During the match, team members in the stands did their job of cheering, scouting, and often jumping to their feet to cheer on outstanding play by their drive team on the field.”

The team not only represented the school with spirit and professionalism, but they also won the Quality award, sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation. FIRST describes this award as “celebrating machine robustness in concept and fabrication.”

This past week, there were 31 FIRST competitive events around the world, a minimum of 30 teams competing at each event. Jackson’s peers in the FIRST community celebrate the top 10 robots that competed in the West Coast Region. Based on the voting, Jack In The Bot was ranked number 4 this past week. As of March 25, Team 2910 Jack In The Bot has an OPR of 41.50.

The team is currently at the very top of the PNW rankings.

OPR stands for Offensive Power Rating, which is a system that attempts to deduce the average point contribution of a team to an alliance. It is based on sports rating systems used in other sports. OPRs are a way to slice the data for teams at particular events, but aren't a perfect system for assessing a team's performance or contribution.

HM Jackson High School Robotics is part of FIRST® Washington (firstwa.org), a statewide nonprofit that inspires all young people ages 6-18 to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based FIRST programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST Washington is affiliated with FIRST.

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