Robofest was founded in 2000 by Dr. CJ Chung (Professor of Mathematics) at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Robofest is a math-based international scholastic robotics program for students in grades 5-12. Hawaii is one of 25 international sites and boasts the largest qualifying competition worldwide. 49 Hawaii teams competed in game challenges and research projects to qualify for the annual World Robofest event held in Michigan.
The 2012 Competition carries 2 themes: 1) Game Challenge: “Robots 2 the Rescue” or R2R and 2) Exhibition Competition: “BOT Synergies – A study in Hawaii’s abiotic and biotic systems.” R2R challenges students to program autonomous robots to rescue “people” (i.e., silver balls) from high-rise buildings situated on a simulated table-top playing field. Unique to the Hawaii site, a thematic exhibition in non- and competitive cateogories is also held. This year’s theme, “BOT Synergies,” explores how the ethical use of technology can bridge the relationships between non-living (abiotic) and living (biotic) systems to enhance our quality of life.
2012 Award Winners:
R2R Jr Division:
- 1st Place: Visionaries, Lehua Elementary (1558-2)
- 2nd Place: Palibots-1, Palisades Elementary (781-1)
- 3rd Place: Highlands IS Jr 2, Highlands Intermediate (783-3)
- Judges’ Award: Best Bot Design – CyberPueoz2, Webling Elementary (915-2)
Competition Exhibition Jr Division:
- 1st Place: Waikele Warriors 5-5, Waikele Elementary (1086-10)
- 2nd Place: Ninjas, August Ahrens Elementary (892-2)
- 3rd Place: Waipahu 808, August Ahrens Elementary (892-1)
- 4th Place: Kanoelani ES #4, Kanoelani Elementary (1468-4)
- Judges’ Award: Creativity – CyberPueoz1, Webling Elementary (915-1) [Judges’ comments: The presentation was very unique and diverse]
Competition Exhibition Sr Division:
- Judges’ Award: Scientific Excellence – Highlands IS Owl, Highlands Intermediate (783-4) [Judges’ comments: The students tested their robot using a scientific experiment to prove the robot worked]
Also, special thanks to all the hard working students and coaches entered in the Non-Competitive Exhibition category. There were 14 teams entered in the Jr Division. This category is offered to encourage young students to explore STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related topics in a non-intimidating way.
This year, LTU also recognized coaches who have participated in Robofest for 5 years or more, including 3 from Hawaii: Kathy Lin from Highlands Intermediate, Lynn Okamura from Manana Elementary and Stan Mesina from August Ahrens Elementary. Congratulations to these outstanding coaches!
isisHawaii congratulates all the participating coaches, students, judges, family members, school administrators, tournament volunteers and community supporters who made this year’s season such a resounding success!
Special thanks to Program Director, Jake Tamaye (Highlands Intermediate School), and to all the volunteer members of the 2012 Hawaii Robofest Organizing Committee:
- Tina Matsuo
- Elizabeth Shigeta
- Jeni Ono
- Brad Ashburn
- Cynthea Michimoto
- Gayle Loui
- Amy Weintraub
- Arlene Kihara
- Jennifer Kim
- Dwayne Abuel, Adviser and Charter Member
Each year the tournament is open and free to the public. This event was made possible by our generous sponsors and community partners: Leeward Community College, isisHawaii and Highlands Intermediate School. For more information about the Hawaii Robofest program, please email info(at)isishawaii.org.