Camp Eureka Overview

Registration for Winter 2016 Camp Eureka is Closed

Vex IQ

During the 2016 winter break, Camp Eureka was held December 27-30th.  It integrated Hawaiian culture (Makahiki-themed games, myths, resources, shelters, and more) into activities that teach robot building and programming, and engineering.  There was two sessions, both of which are open to ages 8-14:

  • In the morning, from 8am-12pm, there was a Vex IQ session!  This focused on the how to build and program a robot with Vex IQ, experimenting with different lifts, drive trains, and gear ratios.  Robots will be tasked to complete challenges similar to those in Makahiki, such as Ulu Maika (bowling) and Kukini (foot races)!
  • In the afternoon, from 1 pm-5pm, there was a structural engineering session!  For this, students focused on the engineering process, importance of triangles, principle of weight distribution, and the basics of structure.  One of the projects will be building an Ancient Hawaiian shelter model.

This camp, both sessions were held at the Hilo High School Cafeteria. Tuition was $175 per student for each session.


Registration is CLOSED!

For more information about this camp, please look at the 2016 Winter Camp blog posts!

Scholarship Opportunities

This year for the first time Hilo Viking Robotics offered scholarships for students that are unable to pay tuition in whole and are in need of financial assistance.  Two scholarships were available to students unable to pay the full tuition.

The scholarships are meant to provide an opportunity to students who would not be able to experience Camp Eureka otherwise.  If you are able to pay tuition for camp in full, please do not apply.
Popsicle-Stick Bridges
Building with Vex IQ

Camp Eureka is a week-long robotics and engineering camp hosted by our club during school breaks and intercession.  The purpose of Camp Eureka is to spread science and technology information throughout the community and help our club fundraise for trips and parts.  During camp, each student is placed in a group with one or two other students, which is mentored by one of the club members.  This style of teaching encourages cooperation and creativity, and provides students with individualized instruction from our members.  It also ensures that all students find our camps educational and enjoyable!

Day2_Pic3 IQ
3 way sumo match

Frequently Asked Questions:

Specific details such as time, campus room, and age range vary from camp to camp. The details below are accurate for the upcoming camp.  Details on future camps may vary.

When is it?
Tuesday Dec. 27th – 30th
Morning Session is 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Afternoon Session is 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Students that sign up for both camps may stay during the 60 minute intersession and take a break along with the mentors.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?
Pick-Up and Drop-Off will be in front of the Hilo High School Cafeteria at the front parking lot. There will be mentors waiting for you to sign in students. The earliest you can drop off your child will be 7:30 am for the morning session and 12:30 for the afternoon session.

Where can I find the registration form?
Registration is closed for the 2016 Winter Camp.

How do I turn in the registration form and payment?
Please mail the form and payment to the club.

Hilo Viking Robotics
Hilo High School
556 Waianuenue Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720

If you are unable to mail the form and payment, you can drop it off (in an envelope) at Hilo High School’s front office and direct it to Robotics. If you registered electronically, walking your payment in on the first day of camp will also be accepted.  However, it is preferred to be either mailed to or dropped off at Hilo High School.

Where is it?
Hilo High School’s Cafeteria.


Who can sign up?
Any child 8-14 years old (exceptions offered on a case to case basis).

How much will it cost?
Tuition is $175 per student for each session they attend.

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Students do not need to bring anything to camp. Snacks will be provided, but they are free to bring their own food. However, breakfast or lunch will not be provided.

What are acceptable forms of payment?
Cash, personal checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks are all acceptable. Please make checks payable to: Hilo High School with the subject/note as “Winter
Camp Eureka”.

Contact Info

If you would like to contact us with questions or comments regarding camp, please email us at,  or contact the following:

Ara Uhr (Club President) at (808) 936-0190

Emily Kerr (Winter Camp Eureka Coordinator) at (808) 640-3412

In the event that the people listed above cannot be reached, you can also contact:

Ryan Nakasato (Club Advisor) at (808) 313-5547, or


Thank you for reading!! Have a great day!!