Team Spartronics Takes 2nd Place at Shorewood Regional Competition

Team Spartronics, together with the two other teams in their alliance, went all the way to the final match at their weekend competition March 21-22nd.  The team finished first in the top four alliances for the semi-finals and in the top two alliances for the finals.  The FIRST Robotics competitions are not just about knowledge, skill and strategy for each team, competitions employ a large cooperation component as teams compete together and form alliances on the fly without any advance practice together.
Overall the team finished out the weekend ranked 17th in WA and OR.  Congratulations Team Spartronics, Coach Chee, and all the professional mentors who donate their time the team.  The team is hoping to qualify for a spot in the District Championship and will find out after all the regional matches conclude.
More details about the team, upcoming events, photos, and videos can be found at the Team Spartronics website 

Team Spartronics Takes 10th out of 33 at First Regional Competition
March 7th and 8th were full of excitement and strategy for the members of Team Spartronics.  The team headed to Glacier Peak HS in Snohomish and competed with their new robot Gaea in the Recycle Rush Challenge.  The team finished in 29th place out of 150 teams in the NW region and made it all the way to the quarter finals round at this regional competition.  The team also was granted the District Engineering Inspiration Award which recognizes the team's outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school as well as in their community. Congratulations to all the team members, adult mentors, and Coach Chee!  Thank you for all of your hard work and the time you've spent to make the team shine.

glacier peak 2015
Future Footprint Career Series - Engineering

                                                               Where will you leave your mark...?

Future Footprint is a new speaker venue that is designed to help students explore potential STEM careers and connect with STEM professionals.  The sessions are being held once a month on early release Monday and include invited speakers, an interactive vibe where questions are encouraged, and sweets to eat!
The theme for March is engineering.  The session details are:
Monday, March 16th
1:45 - 2:45 PM
BHS, Room 115 
All students interested in learning more about careers in engineering, curious about studying engineering after high school, or who want to talk with professionals in various engineering fields such as environmental, civil, chemical, and bio engineering are invited to attend.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experts that can share what skills successful 21st century engineers need. 
 25 Feb 2015
 Summer STEAM Camp Dates 2015

Save the dates!  Our summer STEAM Camps will be held:
July 20-23 (elementary)
July 27-30 (intermediate)
We are currently accepting applications for high school volunteers.
Catalog and registration for campers will be available in April, so stay tuned! 

Team Spartronics Open House 
Team Spartronics is hosting a community Open House on February 25th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at BHS.  Families, students, and community members are invited to come meet the team, learn about the design and engineering process, and see what they are building for robotics competition season. Check out the team website at:
 Open House 2015
 New! Future Footprint Speaker Series 

                                                               Where will you leave your mark...?

Future Footprint is a new speaker series that is designed to help students explore potential STEM careers.  
The sessions will occur once a month on an early release Monday and include invited speakers,
an interactive vibe where questions are encouraged, and sweets to eat!
The theme for January is Computer Science.  The session details are:
Monday, January 26th
1:45 - 2:45 PM
BHS, Room 115 
All students interested in learning more about careers in computer science are invited to attend.  
Come hear from entrepreneurs that have built businesses driven by computer science, and an expert in Google Cloud. 
Team Spartronics Kicks Off Its Second Competition Season (January 2014)
The Bainbridge High School FIRST Robotics team attended the 2015 season kickoff event on January 3rd where the latest game challenge was unveiled. The name of the game this season is "Recycle Rush" and will require robots to be able to toss, move, and stack objects - some up to 4 feet high!  Team Spartronics' students quickly began work on the design process and created a mock-up of the game playing field (pictured below) as some of the first steps in the 6 week robot build phase.  Stay tuned for more updates and visit their website at:
 2015 playing field
Marine Science Students at BHS Test Their ROV Designs (December 2014)
Mr. Dunn's students used the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center to see if their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) could meet the operating challenges set out in an underwater obstacle course.  Community partners from Underwater Admiralty Services shared equipment, expertise, and encouragement with the students.
 Rovs 2 rov 1
Ordway Elementary Students Take On An Engineering Challenge (December 2014) 
Students at Ordway Elementary learned how engineers design and construct buildings that can withstand earthquake shaking.  They had the opportunity to design and test their own building models with shake tables that simulate seismic waves. 
 Ordway Earthquake
Woodward Middle School Does a "Power Hour" of Code (December 2014) 
Approximately 520 middle schools students spent an hour on Friday, December 12th learning about computer coding.  Woodward staff and administration worked with the BISD Technology Department to plan an all-school Hour of Code activity that was an overwhelming success with students.  The non-profit sponsors the Hour of Code annually to help increase student interest in computer science and expose students to the logical reasoning behind writing code.  Woodward was not alone in this endeavor - all seven BISD campuses participated in Hour of Code activities this year. 
Dr. Brandon Sack Visits BHS Biomedical Engineering Club (December 2014)
Students in Mrs. Moore's Biomedical Engineering Club experienced a presentation by Dr. Brandon Sack from Seattle Biomed that showcased the biology behind malaria and the latest research related to finding a vaccine.  Dr. Sack's research focuses on antibody response to the microorganism that causes malaria and represents the cutting edge of the global health research agenda.
BME Dr. Sack  
High School FIRST Robotics Team Visits Legislators (December 2014)
Coach Enrique Chee was recently asked to bring members of Team Spartronics to Olympia to meet with legislators.  The invited teams participated to help demonstrate the value of continued state funding for FIRST Robotics.  Students practiced their communication skills along with showing off their applied STEM skills while impressing Representative Hansen and Representative Appleton.
BHS 2014 Physics Robot Challenge Commences (November 2014)      
Students in Mr. Chee's Physics class participate in the "Retrieve the Egg" challenge and determine which student-designed robot is best suited for the challenge tasks. 
robot challenge 1 robot challenge 2
Students at BHS Engineer Underwater ROVs (November 2014) 
Students in Mr. Dunn's Marine Science class are designing and building underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The ROVs will be used to compete in an underwater challenge at the BI Aquatic Center in December where the structural integrity of the ROV and the ability to maneuver will be put to the test. 
   rov 2   rov 1
Girls Who Code Club - Creating Paths to Success (October 2014) 
Last year BHS student Annika Lutzenhiser was accepted into a competitive summer immersion program hosted in Seattle by the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code.  Annika enjoyed the experience so much that she thought it would be a good idea to share what she learned with other girls.  She approached Mrs. Dolejsi about starting a Girls Who Code club at BHS.  Annika's willingness to share her skills convinced Mrs. Dolejsi to be the club adviser and invite Ms. Rose to help Annika lead the coding sessions. The club meets on Tuesdays after school in Ms. Rose's room and includes beginners, self-taught coders, and everything in between.  Join in if you want to try your hand at coding or work with others on your current coding projects.
 GWC 1    GWC 2
BHS Radio Club Hosts Robotics Interview (October 2014)  
Last spring leaders at BISD were approached by Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, part of Sustainable Bainbridge, a local non-profit organization, regarding a possible partnership with BHS.  They had received support from Rotary to fund two new radio stations on BI and they wanted to place one of them at BHS!  With the support of BHS leaders, staff and volunteers soon the idea had roots and equipment was being installed at BHS.  Student Charlie Hancek led the way to create the BHS radio club and Mr. Charles Dunn (Science Dept.) stepped up to be the club's faculty adviser.  The new studio, located in the 100 wing at BHS, is where students produce podcasts and conduct interviews under the Bainbridge on Campus moniker.  You can hear more at:
robotics interview  
BHS Radio Club member Sean Palmer interviews BHS FIRST Robotics Club participants Robby Davis and Kolin Hawkins. 
See and hear more at this website: 


Middle School Robotics Club Takes Off! (October 2014)
This August two teachers at BISD offered to take on forming a new middle school-level robotics team to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge.  The student interest level was HUGE!  The overwhelming student response has made it necessary to create two teams, both being co-coached by Mr. Paul Sullivan and Mr. Sean Eaton.  The teams include students from Woodward Middle School, Hyla, and Odyssey.  The students, coaches, and community mentors have been meeting weekly since the start of school and we are super excited to see what they build for the competition challenge.  You can find out more about the team at their website: 
FTC build     FTC 2


BHS Girls Take 2nd Place in Robotics Competition
A team of BHS girls competed in the Girls Generation Robotics Competition at Tahoma Jr. High on Saturday, October 18th. Their rookie team made it all the way to the finals and took 2nd place!    Congratulations to the students, mentors, and Coach Chee who made this experience fun and inspirational.  Here is a link to a video that shows the team in action:
girls gen 2014  girls gen 2

Teacher & Student Applications are Available Now!

Since 2006, Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) has been giving Washington state’s high school juniors and teachers the unique opportunity to explore educational and career pathways in the world of STEM while interacting with like-minded peers from across the state.

WAS participants will get an inside look at Washington’s aerospace industry and information about STEM educational and career pathways. In addition to being exposed to university level curriculum and content, teachers will also have opportunities to interact with STEM professionals, participate in tours of engineering and research facilities that are not available to the general public, and work with highly engaged and motivated peers.

The deadline for teacher applications is November 7, 2014 while the student application will be due  November 14, 2014If you have any questions about the WAS program, please contact Melissa Edwards using the contact information below.

Washington Aerospace Scholars

The Museum of Flight

404 East Marginal Way S.

Seattle, WA 98108

Call: 206.764.5866    Fax: 206.764.5707


For More Information Visit:

StartUp Weekend
How might we create fertile ground for the African American community in Seattle to grow with the city's current tech boom?
We’re starting with Hack the CD - an entrepreneurial jam session with Central District residents, business owners, community organizers, designers, and developers. We aim to help spur new and unique business creation through entrepreneurial education, community investment through collaboration, and social innovation through tech mentorship. The Central District Startup Weekend event will be held at Garfield High School from Friday, 9/26 - Sunday, 9/28, with 40-50 students and 40-50 designers, developers, and entrepreneurs, and up to 150 total participants in the Sunday night musical celebration of the weekend’s achievements. 

Coding skills not required. All ages. No high school or college degree necessary. Scholarships available upon request.
Click below for more info
BISD Forms a New Middle School Robotics Club 
August 2014 
The Bainbridge Island School District has formed a new middle school robotics club.   Paul Sullivan and Sean Eaton are the faculty advisors. This all district middle school club has formed to compete in the First Technical Challenge (FTC)  robotics competition. The level of interest in the team has been so tremendous that the club has reached its maximum capacity already for this school year!  This exciting STEM experience has been made possible thanks to the support of energetic teachers, students, parent mentors and funding from the Bainbridge Schools Foundation. For more information about FTC visit their website at  For more information about the BISD FTC team and to follow their progress please check back here later.
Summer STEM Camps!   
Our STEM Camps have all gone off without a hitch!  Great work by teachers extraordinaire: Abigail Marshal (Blakely), Sam Cameron (Blakeley), Bill Covert (Wilkes), Cathy Lolley (Ordway) and Gabriel Carbajal (Ordway), Paul Sullivan, (Odyssey), Amy Evans, (Sakai) and Sean Eaton (Woodward).  Our second week Middle School teachers were Amy Evans, Sean Eaton and Ben Hart (BHS).  
We also had wonderful support from our High School Counselors and the morning spectaculars were brought to us by science teacher empressario Doug Olson.
A special thanks to the parents and the Bainbridge Schools Foundation for funding the STEM Initiative and making STEM Camp possible.
For pictures and more, Be sure to check out the Elementary and Middle School STEM camp websites to the left of this page. 
April 28, 2014
Team Spartronics Returns From World FIRST Robotics Championships
 World Comp
Bainbridge High School's rookie robotics team finished the world championships in St. Louis last week ranked in the top 5% of all teams in the world.
The team placed 39th out of 100 teams in their division and have so much to be proud of.  Their commitment to quality design, construction, and programming yielded a 1st year robot that stood its ground with top-ranked robots at the recent championship matches.  The students have used their skills in sportsmanship, communication, and marketing to ensure the team made it all the way to the world championship level.
Congratulations to the students, mentors, and Coach Chee on a ground breaking first year of robotics competition.  
Check out more details on the Team Spartronics web site: 
April 16, 2014
Eagle Harbor Students Monitor Oyster Health
AP Environmental Science (APES) teacher Trish Corsetti and her Eagle Harbor High School students recently visited the Manchester Marine Research Center where a tour of the facility and visits with Puget Sound Restoration Fund biologists kicked-off a new addition to the APES curriculum.  Thanks to a grant BISD received from 3M, students at both BHS and EHHS taking environmental science will now have the opportunity to work hands-on at oyster labs to help monitor the effects of ocean acidificaiton.  The grant also includes a partnership with the Suquamish Tribe and Sea Grant to build student field-work lab modules and presents a fantastic opportunity for students to contribute to current, relevant, and real-world scientific research.
OA Grant
Bainbridge Island STEM in the News:
FBLA - BHS Competitors Dominate
On February 8th fifty BHS Future Business Leaders of America members competed in the Peninsula Region FBLA Winter Competition. BHS students earned 42 top five placings in the various competitions offered. These competitions included topics such as, Economics, Introduction to Technology Concepts, Network Design, Business Calculations, Business Communications, Global Business, Sports & Entertainment Management, and Marketing. Students placing in the top 5 at the regional competition will continue onto state in April with a chance to advance to nationals this June.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Check out our new publication, the STEM Echo Dec 2013!  
Here's a great article from Inside Bainbridge on one of this year's popular Robotics Grants. 
STEM Enrichment Opportunity
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is looking for amazing 10th and 11th grade girls in Seattle with a passion for technology and an interest in learning to code for their first Seattle-based 2014 Summer Immersion Program hosted by Microsoft.

They are hosting an information session at the Impact Hub Seattle on Thursday February 13th. Join them from 5:00-6:30 pm to learn more about the program, its impact on past participants, and tips for submitting a successful application. This is also a great chance to meet the Girls Who Code staff, hear from the Microsoft team, and meet other leading women in the industry.

Students, parents and educators are encouraged to attend, so please share this with your community! 

Who: YOU + Girls Who Code 
Where: Impact Hub Seattle at 220 2nd Ave S
When: Thursday, February 13th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
41K Ocean Acidification Grant -
 This is an Inside Bainbridge article detailing the recent 3M Partnership Grant that will teach Ocean Acidification to our Advanced Placement Environmental Science students.  
STEAM Camp Video -  Here is last summer's Intermediate STEAM Camp Video by Collin Costello: STEAM Camp! 

The Murden Cove Watershed Project.  This is an amazing set of partnerships with our students at the very center of this citizen scientist effort. A great example of STEM learning!
The original 3M grant awarded to Islandwood involved creating an adapted curriculum for the District's Grade 5 students.  The Water Resources Council provided expert consultation to the 3M Grant and later developed a more comprehensive approach to the overall watershed project.  On the basis of this comprehensive approach, a National Estuary Program Grant has since been awarded.  For more information about the Murden Cove Watershed Project, click here.
The Bainbridge Island STEM Initiative
Great STEM activities are happening here in the Bainbridge Island School District.  Math literacy (numeracy) with Zeno Math, Science Activity Nights, ST Math, STEM Summer Camp and much more underway.  Stay tuned by connecting to the Bainbridge Island STEM group on Linked In or visit the STEM Blog! page--even better, RSS to the Blog and keep up with all things STEM.  
The Bainbridge Island School District Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the Bainbridge Island Schools Foundation.  
While the Mission of this initiative is designed to encourage students to consider STEM related fields after they graduate from High School, it's really much more.   At its heart, we hope that this initiative may help students find their love for learning and help them to develop a sustained interest in what they are passionate about. 
Please do take a few moments to peruse some of the resources or if you have any questions about the STEM Initiative please don't hesitate to contact:  
Grades 7-12 STEM: Juliette Brown  (206) 780-1361 (