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Earl’s Garage wins ‘Spirit of Botball Award’


During the seventh annual Hawaii Botball Regional Robotics Tournament over the weekend at the Hawaii Convention Center, 37 teams of middle and high school student competitors showcased their STEM skills in an exciting tournament including 105 seeding matches, a highly competitive double elimination bracket and 18 alliance rounds.

Hanalani School finished as the overall tournament champions as a result of their strong performance on the field, as well as their comprehensive documentation and research.

Hanalani was undefeated in the tournament and ended as the winners of the Double Elimination bracket in a head-to-head match against the fierce competitors from Maui Waena Middle School.

Maui Waena Middle School, Wahiawa Middle School, Moanalua High School, and Nanakuli High School were the respective runners up for the overall competition.

Hanalani School, Maui Waena Middle School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Wahiawa Middle School were the highest ranked teams in the seeding matches, respectively.

Stevenson Middle School and Waiakea High School earned the top Alliance Challenge, followed closely by Kihei Public Charter High School and Waiakea High School for second place.

Other awards included:

* Overall Judges’ Choice: Hanalani School

* Spirit of Botball Award: Earl’s Garage

* KISS Award: Wahiawa Middle School

* Lokahi Award for Spirit of Sharing: Waiakea High School

* Spirit Award: Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School

* Outstanding Rookie Team: Kihei Charter High School

* Outstanding Middle School: Waimea Canyon Middle School

* Outstanding Online Documentation: Maui Waena Middle School, Moanalua High School and Hanalani School (three-way tie)

* Outstanding Onsite Presentation: Waiakea Intermediate School

* Outstanding Programming Awards: Wahiawa Middle School and Hawaii Preparatory Academy

* Outstanding Overall Design: Maui Waena Middle School

* Outstanding Engineering: Highlands Intermediate School

* Most Promising Design Awards: Moanalua High School and Earl’s Garage

* Most Improved: W.R. Farrington High School

* Consistent Performance Award: Nanakuli High School

* Communication Award: McKinley High School

* Best Recovery Award: Waimea Canyon Middle School

Botball teams design, build, program, document, and demonstrate a pair of original mobile robots to solve open-ended challenges in a high-energy tournament setting. The robots are always autonomous – no remote control is used.

Instead, students learn to program their robots in advance using C, the most widely used programming language in industry and academia.

Botball is one of six programs which are supported by the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC), including FIRST, FIRST LEGO League, Underwater ROV, Botball, VEX Robotics and Micro Robotics.

Recognizing the importance of promoting robotics education at an early age and sustaining students’ interest in STEM education throughout their schooling, Hawaii’s six robotics programs joined together to form the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC). The six of the robotics programs are coordinating efforts to promote robotics education in elementary, middle and high schools statewide.

ROC is supported by the Friends of Hawaii Robotics, a Hawaii 501(c)(3) organization, comprised of local community leaders. Friends of Hawaii Robotics relies on the generosity of corporate partners to sustain the growth of educational robotics programs in Hawaii.

To learn more about robotics education in Hawaii, visit the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee website at:

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