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Isle high schools to compete in robotics soccer challenge


2010 BAE Systems FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition

WHO: Nearly 1,000 students from 24 Hawaii high school robotics teams and four mainland teams from Alaska, Louisiana and New Jersey. Big Island students from Honokaa, Ka’u, Kohala and Waiakea high schools will be competing.

WHAT: 2010 BAE Systems FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition. The high-energy competition will showcase the work of Hawaii’s students and their professional mentors who spent six grueling weeks constructing robots and preparing for the competition. The students will test their academic knowledge, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills and teamwork.

WHEN: March 25 – 27, 2010
* Thursday, March 25, 7:45 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., Media Preview Day & Practice Rounds
* Friday, March 26, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:30 p.m., First Day of Competition (Opening Ceremony featuring cultural performances at 9 a.m.)
* Saturday, March 27, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m., Final Rounds, Awards

The competition on Friday and Saturday will be Web-streamed live on the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC) Web site ( ) and the US FIRST Web site ( ).

WHERE: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Stan Sheriff Center. The event is free and open to the public.

DETAILS: The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common engineering problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard kit of parts that included motors, batteries, a control system and a mix of automation components – but no instructions.

This year’s challenge, “BREAKAWAY,” is a robotics version of soccer. Two alliances of three teams compete on a 27-by-54-foot field with bumps, attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in goals using their remote-controlled robot. Additional bonus points will be earned for each robot suspended in air and not touching the field at the end of the match.

Robotics provides students with a strong educational foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and offers them opportunities to solve problems, work as teams and think analytically – skills useful in any career.


School – Team Name – Location
1. Honokaa High School, Dragons, Hawaii Island
2. Ka‘u High School, Trojans, Hawaii Island
3. Kohala High School, Na Paniolo, Hawaii Island
4. Waiakea High School, Warrior Pride, Hawaii Island
5. Baldwin High School, Bearbotics, Maui
6. Maui High School, Blue Thunder, Maui
7. Island School, Kauaibots, Kauai
8. Campbell High School, Sabertron, Oahu
9. Damien High School, MechaMonarchs, Oahu
10. Farrington High School, The Governors, Oahu
11. Iolani School, Iobotics, Oahu
12. Kalani High School, Falcons, Oahu
13. Kamehameha Schools, Imua!, Oahu
14. Kapolei High School, RoboKAP, Oahu
15. Maryknoll High School, Spartechs, Oahu
16. McKinley High School, Team Kika Mana, Oahu
17. Mid-Pacific Institute, Pueo Power Engineering, Oahu
18. Mililani High School, TroboBots, Oahu
19. Moanalua High School, Cool Geeks, Oahu
20. Nanakuli High School, Golden Hawks, Oahu
21. Punahou School, BuffnBlue, Oahu
22. Sacred Hearts Academy, Lancer Robotics, Oahu
23. Waialua High & Intermediate School, Hawaiian Kids, Oahu
24. Waipahu High School, Rascals, Oahu
25. Bartlett High School, One Byte Short, Anchorage, Alaska
26. Highland Tech High School, Highlanders, Anchorage, Alaska
27. Camden County Technical School, One TUFF Team, Sicklerville, New Jersey
28. McCain Secondary High School, McCain Hurricanes, New Orleans, Louisiana

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