For the first time ever, a Hawaii Robotics Team won the overall Elementary Excellence award at the VEX Robotics World Championship – held earlier this year in Louisville, Kentucky.
More than 400 elementary teams from all over the world competed in the week-long celebration of STEM, diversity, and robotics … but in the end, Manoa Elementary School walked away with the top prize.
“We had to do well in all of the award categories: build a robot to complete this year’s challenge in a minute, program it, complete an engineering log to document the Engineering Design Process in building our robot, driving and programming skills challenge, complete a STEM project, get interviewed by numerous judges for design, STEM, and programming, and alliance driving (plan with another team to get the most points),” says 4th grader, Toby Kim who is with Team Y.
Sophie Chong is a 4th grader from Team Z.
Her team won the STEM award in their division for their project, a robotic honu or turtle that is supposed to deter sharks from attacking a person in the water.