Hanalani, Wa­ialua High Take Ro­bot­ics Ti­tles

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

Hanalani Schools and Wa­ialua High each took first place in re­cent ro­bot­ics con­tests on the Main­land, with Hanalani dom­i­nat­ing the Global Con­fer­ence on Ed­u­ca­tional Ro­bot­ics’ In­ter­na­tional Bot­ball Com­pe­ti­tion in Illi­nois and the Wa­ialua Bull­dogs win­ning the In­di­anapo­lis Ro­bot­ics In­vi­ta­tional.

At the close of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion July 7-11, the Mililani pri­vate school emerged as the un­de­feated new world cham­pion among 64 teams from around the nation and the globe.

“Ob­vi­ously we were re­ally ex­cited,” says Chenfu Chi­ang, Hanalani’s ro­bot­ics teacher and head of its STEM Academy. “ Since we’re such a small school, it gives us good name recog­ni­tion and makes us ex­tremely proud to rep­re­sent Hawaii at the same time.”

Wa­ialua High is Hawaii’s only ro­bot­ics team in­vited to the 2010 In­di­anapo­lis com- pe­ti­tion, where the stu­dents were part of a three-team al­liance to win it all in a World Cup-in­spired soc­cer tour­na­ment played by the teams’ au­ton­o­mous ro­bots.

“It’s prob­a­bly one of the great­est ac­com­plish­ments for our team in our 11-year his­tory,” said Wa­ialua coach Glenn Lee.

Wa­ialua’s 150-pound “Poi Pounder X” had a leg for kick­ing and an arm for ma­neu­ver­ing across the field, scor­ing well for the three-bot team. The event drew 79 se­lected U.S. high schools.

Hanalani and Wa­ialua both were at the state’s Re­gional Bot­ball Tour­ney in May as well, along with 38 other teams. Hanalani emerged over­all dou­ble elim­i­na­tion and seed­ing match win­ner and set a na­tional record for high­est score dur­ing seed­ing rounds.

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