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Spartronics Start Building Robot for 2015 “Recycle Rush” Competition

The challenge for this year’s First Robotics Competition was announced January 3 to robotics teams all across the world. Locally, teams gathered at Mountlake Terrace High to attend the kickoff event. Bainbridge’s champion Team 4915, the BHS Spartronics, were there with Coach Enrique Chee. Last year, the then-rookie Spartronics finished in the top 5 percent…

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Welcome Fall: It’s the Autumnal Equinox

Today, September 22, marks the autumnal equinox, one of two times of year when the days and nights are just about equal in length at all latitudes. The other day is the vernal equinox, in March. The Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus,…

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BHS Alum Caitlin Boone Honored as Outstanding Grad from Western WA University

Bainbridge High School (BHS) graduate Caitlin Boone has been honored as the Outstanding Graduate of the Engineering Technology Department of Western Washington University. Faculty members from each academic departments select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus…

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Interview with NASA Robotics Engineer Paulo Younse, Thursday’s BSF Breakfast Speaker

This year the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Spring Breakfast features a NASA Robotics Engineer, quite fitting for a school district that champions STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and that has a FIRST robotics team going to nationals. Paulo Younse will talk about his experiences designing robots for the Mars Rover Space Program at the NASA…

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Robot ATLaS Performs for Crowd at New Spartronics Team Open House

Spartronics is the Bainbridge Island Robotics team lead by BHS physics teacher Enrique Chee. Last night, February 12, the team hosted an open house at BHS to introduce its program and its new robot, ATLaS (Advanced Teleoperated Launcher System), to the community. Over 250 people showed up at BHS for the event. They got a…

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Letter to the Editor: Girls and Moms, the New BHS Robotics Program Wants You

This year Bainbridge High School (BHS) has its first Robotics Club, joining hundreds of other clubs throughout the state of Washington. The new Robotics Club is part of FIRST!: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a nationwide nonprofit started to promote STEM education by innovator Dean Kamen. Kamen is best known as the…

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Personal Drone Buzzes Bainbridge Neighbor- hoods

Like it or not military drones have been in our skies for quite some time now. Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones are controlled remotely by computer or pilot. Given our hunger for nano gizmos, the invasion of small personal (aka domestic) drones was just a matter of time, with prices diving below…

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Find out About STEM from the Pros at Science Night Book Fair

Save the date: Wednesday, May 29, from 5-7 p.m., local STEM professionals are gathering at Eagle Harbor Book Company to speak about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and share their favorite books. EHBC will donate to the Bainbridge Public Library 20 percent of all sales made between 5 and 7 that evening, and you might…

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An Interview with Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar Who Will Walk on Bainbridge May 10

Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, who hails from Sunnyside, Washington, is returning to her home state for breakfast this Friday. The public event, at which Dunbar will speak, is sponsored by the Bainbridge Schools Foundation. It will be held at Bainbridge Performing Arts from 8 to 10 a.m. Dr. Dunbar flew five space missions for NASA. She…

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Beach Naturalists Invite You to Explore at Low Tide Sunday, April 28

During one of the lowest tides of the year, at -2.7, naturally the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists will be out on Sunday exploring and sharing what they know with the public. Look for them in their neon green vests at the Bainbridge ferry terminal beach between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The event is free. Access to the beach…

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Bainbridge Vaccination Survey Results Depict an Unsure and Uncomfortable Community

12:25 p.m. Open Mic Science and the Bainbridge Island School District created a community survey on attitudes toward immunization as a prelude to their November 17 panelist discussion at the Bainbridge High School Commons: Vaccines: A Community Event. Now the results of that survey have been released to the public. From the results it would appear…

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BI Enviro Conference This Weekend Looks at Our Water World

11:30 a.m. Co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and Association of Bainbridge Communities, the BI Environmental Conference is back in its 12th year. Through site tours, presentations, and panel discussion, the conference, titled “Downstream–Surprising Connections Between Your Life and the Marine Life of Puget Sound,” explores our interconnectedness with the water that literally surrounds…

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Lessons from the Shore: Mother and Daughter Stargaze at Ritchie Observatory

by Leigh Calvez August 25, 2012 12:02 p.m. I have always been a bit of a science geek. I’m fascinated by biology, somewhat by chemistry, and I love to try to understand quantum physics, even though I usually end up with a headache. I like quantum mechanics partially because these physicists often end up looking…

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Open Mic Science Opens Minds at Treehouse

Stop by Treehouse Cafe on the first Monday of any month and you will see a group of between 25 and 50 people, sometimes more, ranging from high school students to senior citizens, about evenly split between the genders, gathered to discuss a particular scientific topic, just because they want to. This is Bainbridge’s own…

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