This program at W.F. West High School, is named for the international, non-profit organization, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), which is devoted to inspiring young people’s passion for science and technology while advocating values of “gracious professionalism” and “coopertition” (cooperation + competition). Thanks to help from the Chehalis Foundation, the team of 20+ students has developed skills and confidence over the years that have enabled them to compete with confidence and results on the national level. The Robotics students are on the cutting edge of computer aided design and fabrication, and have won numerous competitions and awards, including “outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.” The Robotics students are on the cutting edge of computer aided design and fabrication, and have won numerous competitions and awards, including “Engineering Excellence Award,” at the FIRST Robotics competition in Auburn District Event in April 2016.
FIRST Robotics Program
Published March 9, 2015
Inspire tomorrow’s science and technology leaders.
Chehalis Foundation has contributed over $70,500 to W.F. West’s FIRST Robotics team, and to middle school robotics programming.
- FIRST Robotics Auburn District Event, St. Louis, MO, 2016: Qualifying Participant.
- FIRST Robotics Auburn District Event, Auburn WA, 2016: Finalist 2nd Place. Recipient of Engineering Excellence Award.
- FIRST Robotics Auburn Girls Generation, Auburn WA, 2015: Winner of Girls Generation 2015.
- FIRST Robotics Auburn District Event, Auburn WA, 2015: Recipient of Gracious Professionalism Award.
- FIRST Robotics Pacific Northwest Championships, Portland, OR 2014: Recipient of PNW Engineering Inspiration Award which qualified the team for Worlds
- FIRST Robotics Auburn District Event, Auburn WA, 2014: Winner and recipient of Engineering Inspiration Award
- FIRST World Competition, St. Louis, MO, 2014: Qualifying Participant with NASA sponsorship
- FIRST Robotics Competition, Seattle, WA, 2012: Semifinalist and recipient of Rookie Inspiration Award.