2nd BCT mentors students, shares Robotics passion

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Maj. Stewart Bailey, the 2nd BCT assistant operations officer, and Capt. Chris Frantz, 2nd BCT plans officer, participate as technical judges for the Annual Friends of Hawaii Robotics competition, recently. Nearly 40 high schools from Hawaii, Washington State, South Carolina and 11 international teams, including China, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, competed in the high-tech sporting event. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Stewart Bailey)

Maj. Stewart Bailey, the 2nd BCT assistant operations officer, and Capt. Chris Frantz, 2nd BCT plans officer, participate as technical judges for the Annual Friends of Hawaii Robotics competition, recently. Nearly 40 high schools from Hawaii, Washington State, South Carolina and 11 international teams, including China, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, competed in the high-tech sporting event. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Stewart Bailey)

Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

HONOLULU — Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participated as judges for the Annual Friends of Hawaii Robotics Competition as part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, Stan Sheriff Center, here, recently.

Nearly 40 high schools from Hawaii, Washington State and South Carolina, as well as 11 international teams, China, Japan, Taiwan and Australia competed in the high-tech sporting event.

International event
“It’s exciting to see it all come together for those who’ve been working hard on the robots,” said Maj. Stewart Bailey, 2nd BCT assistant operations officer. “Students work in teams to design and build a robot from inception to competition in six weeks, which can break through the opponents’ defenses and then shoot a ball through goals to score points.”

IMAG0303Robotics is something Bailey has had a passion for since his deployment to Afghanistan.

“I do not have an engineering degree; however, I worked on an Army robotics test project in Afghanistan and was a journeyman electrician,” he said.

The event provided Bailey an opportunity to serve as a mentor to the children.

“I like the opportunity to interact with the students and give them motivation and encouragement,” he said. “Sometimes, there are setbacks, which are important. Setbacks create the drive for the students to create a better robot.

“Because we judged the teams of two, we were able to pull aside different members of the team who may not necessarily be the spokesperson,” Bailey added. “We would find opportunities for mentorship.”

Even though this event demanded rigorous hours from the competitors and judges, everyone involved enjoyed being a part of the event.

For Capt. Chris Frantz, also a technical judge and the plans officer for 2nd BCT, he was very impressed with the competency and skill of the competitors. The event provided him an opportunity to spend time with the children.

“It’s a great program. It was great to see it has such high participation. I look forward to doing it again next year. … It has everything to do with the kids,” said Frantz. “As a judge, they give you their attention. They are there to compete; they want to do well.”

Hawaii Robotics
To start your own robotics team or to find out which programs are offered in your area, visit info@friendsofhawaiirobotics.com or call 738-4590.
Friends of Hawaii Robotics will host several summer robotics camps through the Armed Services YMCA. For details, visit www.friendsofhawaiirobotics.org.

Technical judges for the Annual Friends of Hawaii Robotics competition include 2nd BCT officers Maj. Steward Bailey and Capt. Chris Frantz for the international competition.                 (photo courtesy of Kimen Wong)

Technical judges for the Annual Friends of Hawaii Robotics competition include 2nd BCT officers Maj. Steward Bailey and Capt. Chris Frantz for the international competition.
(photo courtesy of Kimen Wong)

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