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Hawaii student robotics teams address simulated environmental disaster


Thirty-one Hawai‘i student robotics teams from across the state will put their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to the test at the 2010 Hawai‘i Regional Botball Tournament Saturday (May 1).

As the second largest region in the nation for the Botball competition, Hawai‘i’s students have once again put robotics in the islands on the map. One of six robotics education programs in Hawai‘i, students in Botball utilize software programming to develop an autonomous robot which competes on a table-sized playing field.

This season’s game theme encourages students to research, understand and generate solutions to an environmental disaster. On the simulated competition field, an earthquake has caused an oil pipeline to rupture sending thousands of gallons of oil into the pristine “Lake Capek.” To be successful, teams must apply sorbents to the oil slicks then rescue and clean oil contaminated ducks, release the clean ducks back into the wetlands, and save the frogs trapped on an island all in 120 seconds with two autonomous robots.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tournament Schedule:
8:00 a.m. Team Sign-In
10:00 a.m. Seeding Rounds Begin
1:30 p.m.* Double Elimination Tournament Begins
3:00 p.m.* Alliance Challenge Begins
5:30 p.m.* Awards Presentation
*Timing subject to tournament flow

Hawai‘i Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1

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. For more information, visit the Hawai‘i Robotics Organizing Committee website:

Teams competing in the 2010 Hawai‘i Botball Regional:

1. Aliamanu Middle School
2. Dole Middle School
3. Earl’s Garage
4. Farrington High School
5. Nanakuli High School
6. Hanalani School
7. Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
8. Hawai‘i Technology Academy — Kauai
9. Highlands Intermediate School
10. ‘Iolani School
11. Kahuku High and Intermediate School
12. Kailua Intermediate School
13. Kalaheo High School
14. Kalani High School
15. Kamaile Academy PCS
16. Kamakahelei Middle School
17. Kapa‘a Middle School
18. Kealakehe High School
19. Lahaina Intermediate School
20. Leilehua High School
21. Maui Waena Intermediate School
22. Mililani Middle School
23. Moanalua High School
24. Moanalua Middle School
25. Stevenson Middle School
26. Wahiawa Middle School
27. Waiakea High School
28. Waiakea Intermediate School

29. Waimea Canyon Middle School
30. Waimea Middle PCS
31. Washington Middle School

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