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Team 359 - The Hawaiian Kids




Palmetto Regional

On the 1st of March to the 4th of March, Team 359 the Hawaiian Kids competed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Being the first tournament of the season, we had some difficulty working out some bugs at the start, but throughout the day the team was able to make their way into the winners circle. Going 11-4 we came out as the second seed. Our alliance was Team 3824 - HVA RoHAWKtics and Team 1319 - Flash. After three intense finals matches our alliance pulled out as #1 taking home the infamous blue banner. In addition to winning the tournament we also won the ISafety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. The safety judge claimed that in working with FRC for the past 12 years, we had the best safety plan he has ever seen. Congrats to our safety captain, Cody Miyataki! After the regionals, the team relaxed at the beach and rode go-karts. With less than a week to rest our team will be packing up again heading to the Greater Pittsburgh Regional.


Greater Pittsburgh Regional

On March 18th 2015, THe Hawaiian Kids left for their second competition this year. This Competition was held in the Cal U Convocation Center in California, Pennsylvania. The Greater Pittsburgh Regional competition started on Thursday, March 15th, with practice matches and inspection. Inspection was completed quickly and the team even helped some of the rookie inspectors learn their jobs a little bit better. After lunch practice matches started and the team was on the field every possible moment. By the end of the day, the drive team showed a lot of improvement and became more consistent.

Qualification matches went well on Friday and Saturday morning. After 19 great matches the team ended up seeded first and advanced into the alliance selection. Our team was comprised of Team 3954 - 4-H Electrotechs and Team 2252 - The Mavericks. In a series of three incredibly close matches The Hawaiian Kids prevailed and won the Greater Pittsburgh Regional. During the awards ceremony the team also won the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and ByersSafety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. Following the tournament, the team enjoyed the white freezing snow. Then they arrived back home in the hot blazing sun.


Hawaii Regional

On March 30th to April 1st, the Waialua Robotics team competed in the 10th annual Hawaii Regional at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. This was the third and last regional the Hawaiian Kids were going to participate in before Worlds. On practice day, the team worked out problems that came up with programming, along with coming up with better strategies to use during the competition. Other team members helped set up the pit area and prepared to talk to judges and share about the program.

Qualification matches were tough for team 359. The team finished qualifications with a record of 9 wins and 7 losses and ranked #7. On the last day of the regional, Team 359 was the #1 alliance and the team captain with Team 368 - Team Kika Mana and Team 2439 - Bearbotics. The alliance easily flew through quarterfinals. Unfortunately, after a malfunction with 368’s robot caused the alliance to not beat their opponents in the semifinals. At the award ceremony, Team 359 didn’t win any awards. This competition was a great learning experience for the students by helping them understand what needs to be worked on. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible and to all the teams who tried their best. Next stop, Worlds!

Mr.Lee's Woodie Flowers Award

Congratulations Mr.Lee! Mr.Lee was awarded the WFA which is the Woodie Flowers Award. The Woodie Flowers Award is given to a single mentor who is an outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. Mr.Lee was graciously honored at both FRC World Championships and recieved his award at St.Louis. We are so proud of Mr.Lee and what he's done for the FRC community.

FRC Worlds

The Hawaiian Kids recently traveled to their last to the final competition to wrap up their 2016-2017 season. Team 359 attended the FIRST World Championship at St. Louis, Missouri from April 22-30, 2017.

Arriving in St. Louis a few day before competition day, they enjoyed time exploring and having fun as a team. Together they visited the City Museum which was basically a giant jungle gym where they got to slide down 10 stories and climb through wire. Also they spent some time at the zoo, D&B, and even at Swing-Around where they got to go-kart race. Besides enjoying time doing activities the team also got to spend time doing their favorite thing, shopping!

After spending a few days of fun, it was time for them to compete in yet another STEAMwork game. Qualification rounds went by and Team 359 was rank 45 with a record of 8-9-0. Then Team 359 was put into an alliance with Team 610 and Team 1114 in the elimination rounds in the Darwin Division. Soon they made it to finals but unfortunately did not make it to Einsteins but we were still finalists. Earlier at FRC Worlds in Texas Mr.Lee was surprised with the Woodie Flowers Award. He finally got congratulated on stage in St. Louis. Congratulations on your Woodie Flowers Award Mr. Lee!





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