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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hawaii robotics teams make strong showing at world championships

Advertiser Staff

Robotics teams from McKinley High School and Waialua High School advanced to the quarter finals of their respective divisions at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend.

Some 344 teams from around the world took part in the competition. The teams were divided into four groups of 86 teams.

McKinley finished 13th in the Curie Division. Waialua ranked No. 42 in the Archimedes Division.

Other Hawai'i teams included Sacred Hearts Academy (No. 41) and Campbell (No. 77) in the Galileo Division; Kaua'iBots (No. 42) and Ka'u (No. 63) in the Newton Division; and Kalani (No. 84) in the Archimedes Division.

Punabots Blue finished seventh out of more than 80 teams in the robot competition of the FIRST LEGO League games.

"Just by attending the championships, we have learned so much about how to expand our robotics program and how to build better robots," said Kalani High school Robotics team member Eric Tashima."

Go to rocnrobots.honadvblogs.com/ to see a blog written by students participating in the tournament.