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FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Competition


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Scenes from the last day of the FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition. Students from schools across the state and the country gathered at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii to show off their math, science, and engineering skills in the form of ball playing robots. FIRST was founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, who was in Honolulu for the event.

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Comment by Jerry Isdale on September 26, 2011 at 4:35pm

On Thurs Oct 6, the King Kekaulike HS Robotics Club is having a fundraiser - showing the new documentary "Bots High".  The film follows 3 groups of high school students as the develop and compete BattleBots.  The KKHS Robotics Club competes in VEX and FIRST competitions. This year, as one of the mentors, I have started teaching arduino based robotics to those who are not involved in the competitions.


Our showing will be outdoors (weather permitting) utilizing Gabe Mott's ColorBox - a projection cube with interactive (kinect) features. Gabe will be demonstrating the box before and after the film.

 

Info on the event is at http://www.mauimakers.com/blog/botshigh/

Information on the film is at http://botshigh.com

Comment by Jerry Isdale on September 10, 2011 at 11:22pm

On Oct 6 King Kekaulike HS Robotics Club is having a fundraiser - showing "Bots High" - a documentary on 3 high school teams that compete in Battle Bots. I'll be back with details.  See the trailer on the web site!

 

"Some kids play football in school. Other kids build bone-crushing combat robots with the expressed purpose of dismembering competing bots in thrilling caged-death matches. This film is about kids in the latter group.Camilla and Elizabeth load Famous Last Words

Camilla and Elizabeth load their robot Famous Last Words into the arena for battle

Bots High follows three teams of high school robotics geeks who build and battle their way to a national robotics competition in Miami. Our heroes include genius inventor Will, who constructs seemingly indestructible bots that unfortunately self-destruct (sometimes in a cloud of smoke and flames), and My Mechanical Romance, a team of Catholic school girls who stand out amid male bot participants with a combination of beauty, brains, and fashion sense."

Comment by Rubén Peña on April 19, 2010 at 12:03am
Hawaii robotics teams make strong showing at the "FIRST Robotics World Championships" in Atlanta, Georgia

Link:
www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100418/BREAKING01/304180020/Ha...
Comment by Nate Sanders on September 3, 2009 at 8:16am
an extremely impressive robotic manipulator:

http://www.gametrailers.com/user-movie/high-speed-robot-hand/328666?playlist=featured
Comment by Laurence A. Lee on November 11, 2008 at 10:37am
FYI, the first 10 minutes of the Jim Hugunin Video includes a brief Robotics demonstration, using Microsoft's Robotics toolkit, IronPython, and (to keep the kids interested) an Xbox controller.
Comment by aaron kagawa on October 3, 2008 at 2:02pm
hey laurence, thanks for the heads up. i added it to the SIP calendar
Comment by Laurence A. Lee on October 3, 2008 at 1:36pm
From the Advertiser: Moanalua High robotics club giving presentation

Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Comment by aaron kagawa on October 1, 2008 at 1:55pm
also, check out the mobile robotics community
Comment by aaron kagawa on October 1, 2008 at 12:18pm
here is my google shared items feed of items that are related to robotics; p-robotics. i created this feed for a couple reasons, you can read more about it on my blog.
 

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