Today we went across the Missouri River into Council Bluffs, Iowa for the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship. We arrived at the Mid-American Center around 8 to register and get settled in. We had our robot inspected and passed without any problems. Some of the other teams failed to pass inspection and had to modify their robots. This happened to us at a competition back in Hawaii so we made sure our robot met the requirements. After inspection, we went around and greeted the other teams. We represented Hawaii by dressing in green kikepas and kukui nut leis. The other teams were excited and curious to meet the team that came all the way from Hawaii. We overheard someone wondering if we got to the mainland by boat and another thought we were from New Zealand!
We competed in 5 categories. The competition was fierce as our division had 32 teams with students from grade 5 up to 8 grade! For programming, we came in 3rd and in skills we came in 7th. After a full day of competition we left with the Judges Award. This award was chosen by a team the judges based on exemplary effort and perseverance at the event and team accomplishments throughout the season! We were so excited that we were recognized for all of the hard work we've done!!