Apex Robotics is a special place where students enhance their skills in innovation, ingenuity, and collaboration while they compete against other schools in the region and fuel their passion for STEM-related fields. Their mission is to provide all students an avenue to explore and refine their God-given talents and passions in engineering through a highly competitive robotics model. Since their start, Apex has won many accolades in the FIRST Robotics League including the Regional Rookie of the Year Award, the Finalist Award, the Imagery Award, and two-time winners of the Excellence in Engineering Award.
These honors celebrate all that makes Apex distinctive such as outstanding visual aesthetic integration, the team as a culture, and the ability to describe aspects of an advantageous machine feature including its manufacturing and success in competition. Due to their success at numerous district competitions – including earning the title of Alliance Captain at the PNW District Championship Event – the team advanced to the World Championships in Houston for the third season in a row and made the top 100 out of roughly 3700 teams representing 28 different countries, the farthest they have made it so far.
“Each year I think I couldn’t be more proud of the students or we couldn’t have accomplished more as a team, and every year the team has proved me wrong. At the end of the day, the high rankings and awards don’t even begin to tell the story of how hard the students have worked, how much they have learned, and how far our team has come. From technical skills to leadership, writing and presentation expertise, our team has grown and improved at an astronomical rate. It has been a great blessing to have such a successful season, not just in terms of competition performance, but in every aspect.” – Stephanie Morrison, Apex Robotics Coach.
Their triumph is because of the unwavering diligence of the high school students and the dedication of the talented coaches and parent community.
Photo credit: Ben VanHouton