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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hilo High's water robots win

Advertiser Staff

A team from Hilo High School took top honors at the Big Island Regional Remotely Operated Vehicles competition Saturday at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo.

Coming in second in the competition was the Highlands Intermediate School Team 2. Both school teams will represent the state at the international competition, June 24-26 at UH-Hilo.

Last week's regional competition was held at the UH-Hilo Student Life Center pool, where students used underwater robots, known as remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to navigate a terrain of mock active undersea volcanoes. This year's theme: "Undersea volcanoes and the role that ROVs play in their science and technology."

Other award winners:

Ranger Class Intermediate: 1. Highlands Intermediate Team 2 2. Highlands Intermediate Team 1 3. Kealakehe Intermediate.

Ranger Class High School: 1. Hilo High 2. Waimea High 3. Kealakehe High.

Judges' Awards:

Diversified Team: Kealakehe Intermediate.

Aloha Team Spirit: Highlands Intermediate Teams 1 and 2.

Guts and Glory: Waimea High.

Outside Da Box: Kea'au High.

Engineering Design: Hilo High.