Maui schools compete in botball tournament

Maui was represented by both Lokelani Intermediate and Maui Waena Intermediate at the Hawaii Regional Botball tournament May 18 at Hanalani School in Mililani, Oahu. Sixteen Hawaii middle and high schools competed.

Students were given seven weeks to plan a strategy, build robots, program them and complete documentation on the process.

This year’s game was based on a Mars landing and had possible points earned by placing boosters on posts, gathering samples and capturing geodes.

Maui Waena ranked second in the seeding rounds, captured second place overall and was given the Judge’s Choice for Best Programming.

The overall top three were decided by documentation (online and onsite), seeding rounds and double elimination.

The formula for calculating the winner was 30 percent documentation, 30 percent seeding and 40 percent double elimination.

Maui Waena scored 100 percent on the online documentation (the onsite score was unavailable) and had second-place seeding, down by only two points. The high score for seeding earned Maui Waena a bye on its first double elimination match.

In the double elimination, Maui Waena won three matches, its last against Hanalani, but lost the next two matches.

The first match was lost to Waihawa Intermediate, by two points, and the next to Hanalani, by nine points, leaving Maui Waena in third place for double elimination.

Because of Maui Waena’s high ranking, its robotics team was invited to attend the international Global Conference for Educational Robotics convention in Oklahoma.