Cyborg Eagles celebrate accomplishments

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Principal Jan Iwase, Hale Kula Elementary School HONOLULU — The Hale Kula Robotics Team gathers for a photo at the FIRST LEGO League Championships, last December. Most recently, the team earned three first-place trophies against other Leilehua Complex area teams at the 2014 Elementary School Competition, May 3.

Principal Jan Iwase, Hale Kula Elementary School
HONOLULU — The Hale Kula Robotics Team gathers for a photo at the FIRST LEGO League Championships, last December. Most recently, the team earned three first-place trophies against other Leilehua Complex area teams at the 2014 Elementary School Competition, May 3.

Hale Kula Robotics team caps a memorable year

Vera Yamanaka
Hale Kula Elementary School
HALE KULA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — The Hale Kula Cyborg Eagles Robotics team concluded a banner year of competition with three first place-trophies against other Leilehua Complex Area teams at the Wahiawa Middle School’s 2014 Elementary School Competition, May 3.

This year was filled with many firsts for the Hale Kula robotics team:
•It was the first time the team made it to the state level,
•The team won an award in FIRST Lego League, and
•It was the first time that any Hale Kula team has competed in an international setting.

The Cyborg Eagles team members are Brianna Lebron, Caleb Hagemaster, Christopher Leon, Jack Duncan, Alexandra Duffy, Jamie Nena, Joshua Honeycutt and Kennedy Pemberton.

They began the year with FIRST Lego League’s (FLL) “Nature’s Fury,” by competing at the district level in November with their Express Bot, tackling challenges including activating an airplane to glide, reuniting pets with people and traveling over rough terrain. Their success qualified them to compete at the state tournament in December.

The team won second place in the project portion for its innovative solution of creating a website and a Quick Response (QR) Code to inform tourists of the dangers of tsunamis.

A week after the FLL State Tournament, the team of Leon, Hagemaster and Duffy battled other robots in the Hawaii Middle School VEX Championship. Their VEX robot blocked opponents and pushed Bucky Balls and inflatable balls around the field to help their alliance. Their efforts led them to compete in the elimination round, the only elementary school that qualified.

In January Lebron, Nena and Pemberton operated their robot in the inaugural year of VEX IQ. They deftly operated their Clawbot robot to run on its own to score points in the Programming Skills and tested their driving skills in the Robot Skills.

The girls’ scores in the Robot Skills qualified them to compete at the state level. The girls upgraded their robot, which earned them the Design Award; it also qualified them to compete at the 2014 VEX World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in April.

April came quickly and Hale Kula was one of eight schools representing Hawaii in the VEX IQ World Championship where only 8 percent of all teams who compete internationally qualify. Twenty-six different countries were represented at this tournament, and the Hale Kula team partnered with teams from Puerto Rico and China, as well as with teams from around the U.S.

This year very successful and couldn’t have been possible without the backing of all Cyborg Eagles parents, families, teachers, administrators and friends.
Grants from Friends of Hawaii Robotics, the Schofield Barracks Hui Na’ Wahine and Hale Kula’s Parent Teacher Organization were an important part of the team’s progress. Coaches Tami Sego and Vera Yamanaka want to thank everyone for their support.

Look for robotics team successes next year.

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