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Columbia Basin Section

Welcome to the Columbia Basin Section of ASME. The Columbia Basin Section covers 6 counties in Washington State (Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla). Check back for...
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News & Updates

  • FLL Volunteer Opportunity

    FLL Volunteers,
    For the Tri-Cities 11th season, we have enough teams that we needed to split our tournament.  This is wonderful news.  This news also means that we need to recruit enough volunteers to staff two separate tournaments on Dec. 3 (Ochoa MS in Pasco) and Dec. 10 (Chief Joseph MS in Richland).
    If you previously registered with the FIRST Volunteer management system you are already familiar with the system and your volunteer screening should still be good (screenings last for three years).  As such, I’m hoping that you can be the backbone of our tournament volunteer organization this year. 

    If you have not registered, please click on the "Create FIRST Account" link and follow the steps given.  You will then be able to search for activities to volunteer for.
    The URL for the FIRST volunteer system is:

    For more information on the FIRST Lego League, please visit:

    Please log into the system and register as soon as possible.
    The following is a brief description of the keys roles at our tournament.  More detailed descriptions can be found on the volunteer registration site. The most critical volunteer trait is a strong desire to help the FLL teams have fun—we can and will train for the rest.  Most of the roles require a full day commitment for which you’ll receive a volunteer t-shirt, lunch, and a ton of gratitude. If you’re not sure what to sign up for, please feel free to email me.



    This season we are looking for 40 Judges, in the following areas:

    • Project Judges - evaluate the teams’ project presentations
    • Technical Judges - evaluate the teams robot design and technical accomplishments
    • Core Value Judges - evaluate how well a team works together

    Judges will be provided with online training which requires a little over an hour of training and a quick overview the morning of the tournament.


    In addition to judges we are looking for ten adult volunteers who are willing to learn the Robot Game and be a referee at one or more tournaments.  This position requires that you learn the game rules, participate in some online referee training and certification and are willing and able to cheer on the students as much as referee the game fairly during the exciting afternoon portion of our events.

    General Volunteers:

    In addition to judges and referees we are looking for adult volunteers who can help manage other parts of the tournaments on the day of the event.  Volunteers are needed for Team Registration, Team Pit Area Administration, Robot Game Announcer, Score keepers, Setup/Takedown, etc.

    Thanks again for all that you have done and currently do,

    -David McKinnon

  • 2016 Holiday Party with the ANS December 10, 2016

    We have a special invitation to a Holiday Party on Saturday December 10th
    at the Tri-City Country Club - located on 314 N. Underwood, Kennewick,
    Washington.  RSVP by December 1, 2016 online at:

    Holiday Party 2016 - American Nuclear Society,
    Reserve your spot today for the 2016 Holiday Party!
    When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Where:Tri-City Country Club 314 N Underwood, Kennewick, WA

    Cost is $25 per person (sponsored by ANS and ASME).  The evening will
    include dancing, door prizes, and buffet dinner (+Manhattan bar).  If you
    have any questions regarding the event, please contact Tom Pitkin at

  • Sandvik Special Metals Tour November 18, 2016

    Sandvik Special Metals (Sandvik) will be providing a tour on Friday November 18that 4:30 pm.  Space is limited to 20 participants, and 3 spots are already reserved - only 17 spots available.

    Please email Connie Guzman ( to reserve your spot by Thursday November 17th.  I hope we fill up every spot! 
    Hard hats, safety goggles, safety shoes, and long pants are required.  Sandvik can provide hard hats, safety goggles, and SOME safety shoes.  Please bring your safety shoes if have them.  Otherwise, the group may need to take turns entering the laboratory. 
    What:  Sandvick Special Metals Tour for the ASME Columbia Basin Section
    235407 E Sr 397, Kennewick, WA 
    When: 4:30pm, Friday November 18, 2016
    Bring:   Long pants and safety shoes if you have them