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SVSD Students Design Pedestrian Safety Robot in State Competition


Congratulations to Team FyreBots, a robotics team comprised of Snoqualmie Valley students, who qualified for and competed in the First Lego League (FLL) State level competition on Sunday, January 26.  The team included: Abhiram Kadavakollu (6th grader at Snoqualmie Middle School), Zunairah Karim (6th grader at Chief Kanim Middle school), and 5th graders in the STREAM program at Snoqualmie Elementary: Krish Selvan, Shuja Karim and Vadanshi Rahul


Team FyreBots present their Pedestrian Safety robotics design at State competition.

The FyreBots team in competition at the State FFL Robotics competition.


This year’s competition theme was City Shaper. To prepare, the team spent six months studying and learning about current problems faced by cities, including buildings, public spaces, transportation, as well as the impacts of natural disasters, pollution, etc.  They interviewed several professionals -- such as Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, the mayor of Issaquah, Meghan Hall from the Federal Highway Administration, Engineer Karen Power with Puget Sound Energy, and Program Director Kim Owen of the Seattle Architectural Building -- for their research and data collection.


Ultimately, the team identified Pedestrian Safety as their final topic to work on, due to the increasing pedestrian injuries and fatality rates around the world.  The innovative solution they developed, called “The Fyre Walk – Keeping you safe today,” won the Project presentation award in the qualifier round, before the team advanced to semi-finals and then the final statewide competition.


On January 27, the FyreBots Team was invited to present their innovative design for pedestrian crossing to the Snoqualmie City Council (pictured below).  They highlighted their Fyre Walk design as a cost effective robotic solution, intended to help save pedestrian lives – especially where weather can be foggy and rainy like in our climate.


Congratulations, too, to another team from Snoqualmie Valley that qualified for the Semifinals – the Bionic Girlz team with SMS students Megan Sheehan, Sophia Tomlisson, Bella Vernon and Caitlin Bartmen


FyreBots Robotics Team with Mayor Matt Larson

Team FyreBots pose with Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson at a City Council meeting.