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* This season, The Hawaiian Kids consists of 5 teams: 359A, 359B, 3590A, 3590B, & 3590C

Hawaii

Northern Lights Regional

Team 359 began their 2014 season at one of the coldest regionals 359 experienced, the North Lights Regional in Duluth,Minnesota. Since we are new to the cold, we decided to have some fun in it before competition started. In the below freezing weather we actually went snow tubing with team 2512, the Duluth East Daredevils. We had a great time in the snow but it was time for our first crack at Ariel Assist. Thursday we spent a lot of time on the practice field getting use to the new game.

Friday was show time, with the start of the qualification matches. We started our day with a tough loss, but by the end of the day we had a strong record of 5-2. We would have to win out on saturday to keep our high rank. By the time Saturday morning came around, we were playing our best. We won our last three qualification matches to finish at 8-2, ranked 4th overall.

Even though we finished ranked fourth, we managed to find ourselves on the number one alliance thanks to the number one team, 2175 the Fighting Calculators, selecting us. Then to round out the alliance, team 2502 Talon Robotics was selected. The three of us created  powerful alliance that never lost a match in eliminations. Together we went 6-0 through the elimination rounds,scoring over 200 points in all but one match. It took great teamwork, but we were crowned the champions of the Northern Lights Regional. Then to add to the fun we played one final match against the champions of the Lake Superior Regional, where pulled out a close victory to be crowned the Double DECCer champion.

Along with the winners trophies, 359 also received the entrepreneurship award. So the trip to minnesota was a great one for 359, and thank you to all the other teams, staff, and volunteers that made this such a great event.

 

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Dallas Regional

359 continued  their 2014 mainland tour in the Lone Star state at the Dallas Regional in Irving, Texas. After winning the Northern Lights Regional Last week, 359 hoped to keep the momentum rolling this week. Of course we had some fun while in Dallas including shopping and six flags, but once Thursday came around, it was time to focus. On Thursday, we managed to get a lot of time on the practice field, so we made the most of it and got the robot ready for qualifications tomorrow.

Friday was the start of the qualification rounds, and we started off strong winning our first three matches easily. But on the fourth match of the day we had a mechanical issue and lost a close match. We managed to the win the rest of Friday’s matches finishing the day with the record of 8-1. If we win the rest of our qualification matches tomorrow we could be in the position for the top rank. But Saturday morning came around with some extremely tough matches, and we ended up losing two of our last three matches. We ended qualifications as the fifth ranked team at a record of 9-3.

Even though we finished ranked fifth, we managed to find ourselves on the number one alliance thanks to the number one team,148 the Robowranglers, selecting us. Then to round out the alliance, team 457 the Grease Monkeys were selected. The three of us created  powerful alliance that never lost a match in eliminations that could easily manage to balance defense and offense. Together we went 6-0 through the elimination rounds, which is extremely impressive with the depth of the regional. Our alliance was crowned the champions of the Dallas Regional.

Along with the winners trophies, 359 also received the engineering excellence award. So the trip to Texas was a great one for 359, and thank you to all the other teams, staff, and volunteers that made this such a great event. The trip to the mainland could have not gone better for 359, and the Hawaii regional should be even better in two weeks.

 

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Hawaii

Hawaii Regional

The Hawaiian Kids were back in action after a week of recovering. The team took the short drive downtown to the Stan Sheriff Center to load-in supplies as well as to assist with setting up the playing field for Aerial Assist. With the assistance of our seasoned FTA, Mark Koors, the field went together in record time. After the field was ready to go the robot and pit area was set up for the following day.

Friday and Saturday morning went well for “Poi Pounder XV” which only lost a couple of matches because of uncontrollable circumstances. At the end of the qualifying rounds Team 359 had a record 9-3 and were ranked fourth. For the third time this year The Hawaiian Kids were selected by the first seeded team. In this case it was Team 368 (Kika Mana). For the second pick it was decided that Team 2444 from Kamehameha would be our partner. With the alliance complete it was time for elimination matches. Team 359 and partners swept through the elimination matches undefeated to have a total elimination record this year of 18-0 as well as making Hawaii the third regional win. The Hawaiian Kids would like to congratulate the finalists (2443, 2090, and 2348). The sportsmanship of all alliances was astounding and unique to Hawaii’s Aloha spirit.

In the awards ceremony Team 359 was awarded the UL safety Award and the banne, medals and trophies for winning the tournament. We would like to thank our alliance partners (368 & 2444) as well as all Hawaii teams for making this regional memorable.

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FRC Worlds

On Monday April, 21 2014, the Waialua Robotics Team met a the Honolulu International Airport to board their red-eye flight to the world championships in St. Louis, Missouri. After getting to St. Louis the next day, the team proceeded to go shopping and explore the city’s exemplary science museum. The team got to the hotel exhausted and slept very well. 

The next day the team had a rare opportunity to sleep in. Leaving the hotel around ten, they went to a Hall of Fame meet and greet at the arena. Following the party, the team split into two groups. The first went to unpack the crate and prep the robot. The second group went to deliver a presentation on management and sustainability of a robotics program. When both were completed, it was time for some practice matches and a pre-scouting meeting.

Thursday and Friday were the competition days that contained most of the qualification matches. The team fared well in many of their matches and had a lot of fun. On Thursday night Oceanic Time Warner hosted a reception dinner for Hawaii teams. A big mahalo to Oceanic for their generous gifts. Friday night the team watched a Cardinals game.


Saturday rolled around and it was game time. After qualifications the Hawaiian Kids had a record of 7-3 and were ranked 17th. In the alliance selections Team 359 was picked by Team 118 (Robonauts), and on the way back picked Team 4334 (ATA). It was decided the backup robot would be Team 865 (Warp7). The alliance clean-swept the quarter finals and advanced to the semis to face the toughest challenge of the year. In 3 close matches Team 359 was unfortunately eliminated. Congratulations to 254, 469, 2848, and 74 for beating our alliance, winning the division, and eventually the world title. The Hawaiian Kids had a good run at championships as well as a lot of fun.




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