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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 28, 2010

3-school alliance tops in robotics

Advertiser Staff

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Waialua, McKinley and Campbell high schools were the regional winners in the BAE Systems FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics competition at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Photos by ANDREW SHIMABUKU | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Regional Chairman's Award: Kalani

FIRST Dean's List Finalist: Sacred Hearts

Engineering Inspiration: Kaua'i Island School

Cooperation: McKinley

Gracious Professionalism: Farrington

Industrial Design: McKinley

Industrial Safety: Sacred Hearts

Judges' Award: Kohala Quality: 'Iolani

Rookie All-Star: Ka'u

Team Spirit: Kaua'i Island

Excellence in Design: McKinley

Imagery: Camden County Technical School (Sicklerville, N.J.)

Innovation in Control: Waipahu

Creativity: Punahou

Engineering Excellence: Waialua

Entrepreneurship: Sacred Hearts

Web site: McKinley

Regional Woodie Flowers Award: Glenn Lee (Waialua)

Outstanding Volunteer: Danny Cook (BAE Systems)

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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.

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