3-school alliance tops in robotics
An alliance of robotics teams from Waialua, McKinley and Campbell High Schools took first place in the 2010 BAE Systems FIRST in Hawai'i Robotics competition, earning a bid to the national championships in Georgia next month.
Nearly 1,000 students representing 24 local high schools and four Mainland schools participated in the three-day competition that ended yesterday.
The final round of competition, held at the Stan Sheriff Center, pitted the Waialua-McKinley-Campbell team against an alliance composed of teams from Sacred Hearts Academy, Punahou High School and Honoka'a High School.
The two squads squared off in a head-to-head game of "Breakaway," a robotics version of soccer.
In addition to Waialua, McKinley and Campbell, four other robotics teams from Hawai'i have qualified to take part in the 2010 FIRST Championships: Kalani High School (Regional Chairman's Award), Kaua'i Island School (Engineering Inspiration Award), Ka'ū High School (Rookie All-Star Award) and Sacred Hearts Academy, which qualified based on its performance last year.
The Waialua team — dubbed the "Hawaiian Kids" — had already assured itself a spot in the championships with wins at the San Diego and Arizona regional competitions earlier this month.