Waiting in anticipation, the thirty-member strong team of Hilo Viking Robotics sat quietly in the stands at the Stan Sheriff Stadium. “And next, we have the Engineering Inspiration Award” the announcer excitedly said.
This award, as stated on the FIRST website, this award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.
“This team has shown amazing success through their Camp Eureka and outreach endeavors.” Suddenly, the eyes of all the club members opened much, much wider as they stared at each other in disbelief.
“This award goes to…” The announcer paused for what seemed like an eternity before saying:
All of the members walked down the stairs of the stadium to the competition floor wearing smiles bigger than their faces as they received the award with open arms, knowing that all their hard work had finally paid off.
Receiving this award qualifies HVR for FIRST Worlds in St.Louis, MO and gets $1000 worth of travel subsidized by McDonalds, and the $5000 registration fee for FIRST paid for by NASA.
Although this award was the highlight of the competition, team 1378 experienced success in many other areas. After a rough start due to many technical issues, the robot was completely fixed for the last half of the competition. Team 1378 was picked by second-seed alliance Spyder team 1622 from Poway, California. Together, we picked the Typhoons team 4253 from Taipei, Taiwan. Our alliance made it to semifinals, beating out the 7th seeded alliance of West Hawaii Exploratory Academy, the Crusaders and Kapolei High School.
Although our journey came to an end at semifinals, we are extremely pleased with how far our club has come in these past couple of years. Congratulations to all of the teams at the Hawaii FRC Regional, and we will see those of you who qualified in St. Louis!