If Chesna Kern had to describe her robotics team in one word it would be “unique.” Out of seven team members, five of them are girls.
“And that is so rare here,” Kern said.
The 17-year-old team captain navigated her team, Team 4495 or Haywire, through the weekend of FIRST Robotics Pacific Northwest Competition at Central Washington University. The Kittitas County team, and more than 1,000 high school students from Portland to Spokane, participated in qualifying rounds where robots performed tasks to gain points over the weekend.
While Haywire did not advance past a quarterfinal round, the team’s season was unforgettable. The local students left the competition ranked 15th out of 145 teams in the Pacific Northwest District.
The team also brought home the Engineering Inspiration Award, advancing them to a regional competition next month in Cheney. The award “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation
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