A three-team alliance made up of student robotics teams from Waialua, McKinley and Campbell High Schools today won the 2010 BAE SystemsÂ FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics)Â in Hawaiâ€˜i Regional Robotics Competition and have qualified to compete in the 2010Â FIRST Championships that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 15 -17. Â In total, seven Hawaiâ€˜i teams have qualified for the National Championships.
In todayâ€™s final rounds at the University of Hawaiâ€˜i MÄnoa Stan Sheriff Center, six teams â€“ competing in alliances of three teams â€“ went head-to-head in a high-energy robotics version of soccer. Â The winning red team alliance included Waialua High School, McKinley High School and Campbell High School. Â The second-place blue team alliance included Sacred Hearts Academy, Punahou High School and Honokaâ€˜a High School
In addition to Waialua, McKinley and Campbell, three other teams have automatically qualified to advance to the Championships by capturing top awards in this weekendâ€™s competition. Â They include:
- Kalani High School, Regional Chairmanâ€™s Award
- Kauaâ€˜i Island School, Engineering Inspiration Award
- Kaâ€˜u High School, Rookie All-Star Award
Sacred Hearts Academy also qualified to attend the National Championships based on the teamâ€™s performance in last yearâ€™s competition season.
Waialua High Schoolâ€™s â€œThe Hawaiian Kidsâ€ team had already earned its spot in the Championship earlier this month by winning the San Diego Regional, followed by a win at the Arizona Regional a week later as well as capturing the Arizona Regionalâ€™s Chairmanâ€™s Award, the most prestigious award given to the team that best represents the goals of FIRST robotics.
The Friends of Hawaiâ€˜i Robotics on behalf of the Hawaiâ€˜i Robotics Organizing Committee will sponsor the registration costs for all seven of the qualifying teams to compete in the National Championships.
Nearly 1,000 students from 24 Hawaiâ€˜i high school robotics teams and four mainland teams from Alaska, Louisiana and New Jersey participated in the Hawaiâ€˜i regional, putting their academic knowledge, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication skills and teamwork to the test in a high-energy robotics competition.
Awards Presented Today:
Regional Chairmanâ€™s Award â€“Â FIRSTâ€™s most prestigious award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals ofÂ FIRST. Â Kalani High School
FIRST Deanâ€™s List Finalist Award â€“ Celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining,Â FIRSTideals is exemplary. Â Sean Cockey, â€˜Iolani School and Caitlin Mori, Sacred Hearts Academy
Engineering Inspiration Award â€“ Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a teamâ€™s school and community. Kauaâ€˜i Island School
Coopertitionâ„¢ Award â€“ Celebrates the team that best demonstrates the ability to help their opponents compete. McKinley High School
Gracious Professionalismâ„¢ â€“ Celebrates outstanding sportsmanship and gracious professionalism in the heat of competition, both on and off the playing field. Â Farrington High School
Industrial Design Award â€“ Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively achieves the game challenge. McKinley High School
Industrial Safety Award â€“ Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. Sacred Hearts Academy
Judgesâ€™ Award â€“ During the course of the competition the judging panel may decide a teamâ€™s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition. Kohala High School
Quality Award â€“ Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. â€˜Iolani School
Rookie All-Star Award â€“ Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission ofÂ FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. Kaâ€˜u High School
Team Spirit Award â€“ Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork. Kauaâ€˜i Island School
Awards Presented on Friday:
Excellence in Design Award â€“ Honors clear and compelling evidence of excellence in design development. Â McKinley High School
Imagery Award â€“ Celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance. Â Camden County Technical School, Sicklerville, New Jersey
Innovation in Control Award â€“ Celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components to provide unique machine functions. Â Waipahu High School
Creativity Award â€“ Celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play. Â Punahou High School
Engineering Excellence Award â€“ Celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature. Waialua High School
Entrepreneurship Award â€“ Celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that, since inception, has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. Sacred Hearts Academy
Website Award â€“ Recognizes excellence in student-designed, built, and managedÂ FIRST team websites. Â McKinley High School
Regional Woodie Flowers Award â€“ Presented to an outstanding engineer or teacher participating in the robotics competition who best demonstrates excellence in teaching science, math, and creative design. Â Glenn Lee, robotics teacher and coach, Waialua High School
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award â€“ Danny Cook of BAE Systems
TheÂ 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 â€“ but no instructions.
This year’s challenge, â€œBREAKAWAY,â€ is a robotics version of soccer. Â 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. Â 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 â€“ skills useful in any career.