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Bainbridge High School’s Spartronics Robotics Team wins prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award

March 26, 2019: At last week’s FIRST Robotics District Event in Snohomish, WA, the Bainbridge High School Spartronics Robotics Team experienced some highs and lows with its robot. The robot, which is aptly named CHAOS, wreaked havoc on the team’s emotions by completing a Level Three Climb, only to stall out later on the field. Despite the heartache, the Spartronics’ spirits were lifted when they were awarded the coveted FIRST Engineering Inspiration Award.

While this is the first time Spartronics did not qualify for the District Championship, winning the award qualified the team to compete for the District Championship Engineering Inspiration Award in Tacoma, WA next week. The award, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community, is highly prestigious. If they win at the district-level, Spartronics can move on to compete for the award at the highest world-level.

“The team is thrilled with this honor and knows much of our success is because of the support from our School District and our amazing Bainbridge Island community,” said BHS junior and Spartronics Co-Captain Christopher Mentzer.

Spartronics became a club at BHS in 2013 and has quickly become one of the school’s most popular extracurricular activities. BHS Science Department Chair Enrique Chee is the team’s mentor and oversees the 45 students and 15 volunteer mentors.