WHO ARE WE?

We are the Issaquah Robotics Society (IRS), a high school robotics team based at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, Wahsington, USA. We take part in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), and our team number is 1318. Tom and Cathy Saxton founded the IRS in 2003 with eight students and three mentors. Since then, Team 1318 has grown into a strong and driven team. We continue to teach skills, inspire students, and build friendships and memories that we will hold onto forever. Now with over 80 students and 15 mentors, the IRS is one of the oldest and largest robotics teams in the Pacific Northwest Region. As of 2018, we have attended FIRST World Championships seven times.

Our goal is to inspire students to pursue careers in design, engineering, manufacturing, and business, and to spread STEM across our local community. While doing so, we provide opportunities for personal growth, team collaboration, and lifelong friendships.

  The team after winning the Entrepreneurship Award after the 2016 PNW District Championships

The team after winning the Entrepreneurship Award after the 2016 PNW District Championships


WHAT IS FIRST?

From the FIRST organization: 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is "More Than Robots." FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.

To learn more, please visit firstinspires.org

 The audience at FIRST World Championship 2017, the moment that the IRS's alliance qualified for "Einstein's" (Finals).

The audience at FIRST World Championship 2017, the moment that the IRS's alliance qualified for "Einstein's" (Finals).


JOIN US

STUDENTS

If you want to join us, we're flattered! Anyone and everyone from Issaquah High School is welcome to join regardless of prior skill. You can come during our orientation meeting in early September (look for posters and iVision announcements). After that, we have Fall training meetings every Thursday night in the wood shop and material science room. For more information on meetings, please check out our calendar under the resources page

MENTORS

We're always looking for more mentors to train our students. Maybe you've seen us at an event and want to help technically, or maybe you want to keep our team running on the business side. Either way, we'd be more than happy to have you on board. Please send us an email from the "Contact Us" page for more information. 


WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH FIRST?

FIRST is an international organization with teams all across the world. It has programs for all ages, from Kindergarten to 12th grade. We encourage every student to join a FIRST team, and any parent to mentor one. If there isn't a team in your area, start one! More information can be found at firstinspires.org/start-a-team.

Additionally, volunteers are always wanted at competitions. FIRST is mostly a volunteer-made organization. If you want to help out that way, information can be found at firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer


OUR AWARDS

  • 2018

    PNW District - Yakima SunDome

    District Chairman's Award

    Event Winner

    PNW District - Auburn Mountainview

    District Engineering Inspiration Award

    Event Finalists

  • 2017

    PNW District - Auburn Mountainview

    District Chairman's Award

    PNW District - Auburn

    Entrepreneurship Award

    PNW District Championship

    Event Finalists

    Houston World Championships - Turing Division

    Division Winners

  • 2016

    PNW District - Central Washington University

    District Event Finalist

    Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation

    PNW District - Philomath

    District Event Finalist

    Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

    PNW District Championship

    Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

    Girl's Generation (Offseason)

    Event Winners

  • 2015

    PNW District - Auburn Mountainview

    District Event Winner

    Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

    PNW District - Mount Vernon

    District Event Winner

    Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

    PNW District - Shorewood

    District Event Winner

    Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler

    PNW District Championship

    FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award (Sarah Powazek)

    Girl's Generation (Offseason)

    Event Winners

  • 2014

    PNW District - Glacier Peak

    Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

    PNW District - Shorewood

    District Chairman's Award

    Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

    PNW District - Auburn

    District Event Winner

    Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

    PNW District Championship

    Regional Winner

    World Championship - Galileo Division

    Division Finalists

    Girl's Generation (Offseason)

    Event Winners

  • 2013

    Central Washington Regional

    Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

  • 2012

    Seattle Cascade Regional

    Quality Award sponsored by Motorola

  • 2009

    Oregon Regional

    Regional Winner

  • 2008

    Oregon Regional

    Regional Chairman's Award

    Seattle Regional

    Judge's Award