WHS Bipedal Robotic Sumo/Soccer Tourney

Businesses, families and friends are encouraged to form teams to compete in the Bipedal Robotic Sumo and Soccer Tournament Fundraiser sponsored by Waieakea High School and the WHS Robotics at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo on June 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHS Robotics has developed tiny walking robots which are approximately 2 ½ inches tall and 2 inches wide which teams will use to participate. Teams can purchase a robot for $300 or can rent one for the fundraiser for $250.

Dale Olive, WHS Foundation director, science teacher and robotics advisor, notes that “this is a friendly competition where the robots can be operated by anyone, including a designated student from Waiakea High or anyone associated with your company.”

WHS Robotics coordinators say registrations for the robot fundraisers are preferred by Saturday for a possible training session on Sunday, but will be accepted at any time up to the event on June 15.

Teams will be formed in advance for the soccer tournament.

For those unfamiliar with tournament rules, Olive noted that the “bipedal Sumo Grand Basho” contest will feature one robot versus another, while the team soccer tournament requires teams of three. The robots can be controlled with a remote control.”

Contact Kobayashi at 959-4060, or email Olive at Scienceguyme@yahoo.com for a registration form. Checks should be made payable to the WHS Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and mailed to WHS Foundation, 155 West Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720, ATTN: Dale Olive.

Henry Nakamoto, President, WHS Foundation, notes that “the funds raised will be used for two purposes, to help continue the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Waiakea High School, and to build the Endowment Fund. “

Foundation secretary Gloria Kobayashi encourages WHS alumni, friends and family “to join in the fun while cheering on your favorite robot.”


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