Who We Are
We began as the Cascade BEARbots. BEAR is an acronym for Buins Empowered And Ready. In September 2012, Boeing Employee Tondra Holeman contacted Cascade in the hopes of helping to start a robotics team here. Science teacher Linda Anderson agreed to host the team in her classroom. Tondra recruited Boeing Engineer Neil Palachuk, who in turn has recruited many other mentors and sponsors.
We competed successfully in both FTC and FRC competitions. We received the Rookie Inspiration Award at the FRC Seattle Regional competition in March 2013. We are especially proud of this award because there were a record number of rookie teams at this event.
To facilitate team growth and leadership, we added a second FTC team, the Hibernotics, in September 2013. We have a core group of dedicated students who spend long hours several days a week after school. Some of the tasks that need to be done and skills that students can develop on a robotics team:
- Design and build robots
- Plan game strategy
- Develop and implement engineering and safety plans
- Improve team imagery, marketing and media presence
- Develop team leadership and organization skills
- Find sponsors, write grants and organize fundraising efforts
- Document team activities and accomplishments
In 2016 we stopped doing FTC so we can focus on FRC and changed our organization's name to Cascade Bruin Robotics. In 2018 we reached out to Everett High School and are pleased to have our team now be a combination of Everett and Cascade High School students all working together.We have successfully transitioned to a building that was once used for storage and is now known as The Shed. Our 2020 directors are Henry, Nolan, Ethan, Moses, Fiona, and Farrel who have assumed significant leadership responsibilities for the team. Neil Palachuk is the lead coach, advisor, and mentor for all CHS robotics teams; along with our assistant coach Stephen Knoefler. They receive assistance from community mentors, Everett School District staff and parents.