By Edward Kinnear, Design Technology and Engineering Academy Department Head
Congratulations to the Punahou Robotics teams who competed in the FTC Robotics State Championship Tournament on Saturday. The innovative teams represented Punahou with gracious professionalism and showed immense character. The teams have been working productively together since August to design and build their robots and compete against teams from across Hawai‘i at six different robotics league events.
Team 5159 X-Bots won the Inspire Award and will be advancing to the World Championship Event in April in Houston, Texas, to represent Punahou and Hawai‘i as the State Champions. The team built an extraordinary robot which earned record-breaking scores. They were also recognized for the inspirational outreach work they did teaching robotics to younger local teams and supporting a new team in South Africa. The engineering journal they created as a portfolio to catalog their work as a team was also exceptional and recognized by the judges as exemplary.
Congratulations to Junior School team #20060 Explosive Aioli who won the Design Award and also became Hawai‘i State Champions with Team Waffles from Assets School. This young team demonstrated an amazing level of robotics design and performance throughout the season, winning matches against many teams with more experience. This team also distinguished themselves by winning the sought-after Design Award.
Well done to Team 6962 Pokebolts who persevered through many challenges and made it to the State Championship event. This team worked extremely well together, their work ethic and level of commitment to producing a fantastic robot was inspirational.
Well done to Junior school teams 20063 and 20061, who are both brand new teams and won tournaments against many older more experienced teams to make it to the State Championship Event. These two inspirational teams showed courage, determination and spirit throughout the season, always rising to any challenge, and making it extremely far in such a competitive arena of robotics innovation.
Well done to all of the amazing Punahou teams!