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Kealakehe ranks at international robotics contest

 

Myron B. Thompson Academy Underwater ROV "Delta Sharks" team members include: Darryl Watanabe (team mentor) Quintin Watanabe, Clara Sheffield, Joshua Shigemitsu, Samuel Watanabe, Mark Sheffield, and Jared Swanson. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)

Myron B. Thompson Academy Underwater ROV "Delta Sharks" team members include: Darryl Watanabe (team mentor) Quintin Watanabe, Clara Sheffield, Joshua Shigemitsu, Samuel Watanabe, Mark Sheffield, and Jared Swanson. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)

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Hawaii robotics students showcased their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills last week when they traveled to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the International MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Center Underwater Robotics competition.

The competition brought together teams from across the United States, as well as China, Russia and Scotland.

Hawaii teams represented the state with distinction, earning:

Ranger Class:

4th place overall: Myron B. Thompson Academy PCS (Mauna Kea Educational Academy) 

16th place overall: Moanalua High School

24th place overall: Kealakehe Intermediate School

Explorer Class:

9th place overall: Kapiolani Community College

In addition, Moanalua High School was awarded the Martin Bowen Memorial Inspiration for Future Engineers Award – in honor of Martin Bowen, an underwater vehicle engineer and ROV pilot.  

This award is presented to a team or individual who demonstrates passion, creativity, and ingenuity along with a sense of humor, professionalism and kindness toward fellow competitors.

Next year, the International MATE Underwater Robotics competition will be held in Hilo.

Robotics is a critical component of the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s Hawaii Innovation Initiative because it engages students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The competition also fosters students’ teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that will better prepare them to enter the work force.

Underwater ROV (remote operated vehicle) is one of six major robotics programs in which Hawaii’s student have the opportunity to participate. Underwater ROV, along with FIRST Robotics, FIRST LEGO League, Botball, VEX and Micro Robotics make up the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC).

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