Robotics Team

2017-18 SY

We are stepping up our STEAM teaching and learning this school year!  This includes offering Robotics both during the school day and after-school, and participating in two tournaments - VEX and First LEGO League.  In fact, WMS will host a VEX tournament here on Sat., Oct. 21, 2017 in Thelma Parker Memorial Gym.  We need community kokua -- please see below (double click for a larger image or to download and print).  

If you would like to get involved, please email teacher Naui_Murphy@wmpccs, or call the school office (887-6090 Ext. 222) and leave a message for her.  More details to come.

2016-17 SY

Nov. 14, 2016:

Our Robotics Paniolo 1 Team Wins District Championship - 

They are now headed to State Championships this 
Sat., Dec. 3, 2016!  Go Na Paniolo! 

Congratulations to Waimea Paniolo Robotics Team for exemplifying I.K.A.I.R. values and pa'ahana in this past Saturday's FIRST Lego League District Competition held at Kealakehe High School. Our team members spent over three months working on a project related to animals as our allies and learning to build and program EV3 robots to accomplish missions for a game challenge.

The Waimea Paniolo I team did an awesome job in their robot challenge completing a mission that no other team did and earned an alternate position for the State Tournament. Our Waimea Paniolo II team won 1st Place overall competing especially well in their teamwork and sheep project. They will be competing at the State Tournament on December 3 at the Blaisdell in Honolulu. This the 2nd year in a row we have 1st Place overall.

Congratulations to team members Rovi Afaga, Minnow Benedict, Pele Carvalho, Maile Culp, Kaile Dills, Shaelyn Freitas, Eito Kawakami, Iki Lincoln, Kaden McQuirk, Logan Nakamoto, Zoey Pleuss, and Arel Urbanozo.

Congratulations, too, to our teacher-advisors: Miss Nau'i Murphy, Ms. Jade Bowman and Miss Tisha Gusman. And mahalo to our project partner - Kamehameha Schools via a STEAM Grant.

August 15, 2016:

3-4:30 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning Aug. 15, 2016!  

Get ready. Get set. Roar! Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIES challenge of the FIRST LEGO League season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends. 

More than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 16 in over 80 countries around the globe will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. What might become possible when we learn to help each other? 

FIRST LEGO League challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. During the ANIMAL ALLIES season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in a Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. 

Robotics is offered after school at WMS in partnership with a Kamehameha Schools' STEAM Grant.  The program is free and includes both snacks and transportation home in the Waimea area.  

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2013-'14 School Year:  

WMS Robotics Club Places 3rd In First Lego League Competition Nov. 9, 2013

2012-'13 School Year:  Program Concluded Thurs., Feb. 28.

Students encouraged to sign up to participate next year! 

Questions?  Please see Ms. Murphy or email:

Hawai’i’s FIRST LEGO League 2011 Qualifying Tournament

WMS Captures ‘Robot Design Award’

WMS Robotics Club students took 4th Place (out of 10) and our “Hypnobots” team captured the “Robot Design Award” (one of 4 top awards) in  Saturday’s FIRST LEGO League 2011 Qualifying Tournament in Kona.  Judges were impressed with the “Hypnobots” attempts to create a variety of  solutions -- ie, creating a “claw” and fork-lift design to solve a particular “Food Factor” mission, hence the Design Award. 

WMS’ "Hypnobots (Waimea#4009): Robot Design Award winners include Roland Afaga, Quiana Anastacio, Chavis Arafiles, Kaylee Dupont-Kauwe, Jack Lunchick-Seymour, Antolini Miche, Joshua Salazar and Drew Vera Cruz. 

WMS’ "Immortal Viruses" (Waimea Paniolo #8870): Matthew Bal, Anthony Beetem, Cleo Castillo, Iryne Dela Cruz, Simon Dunlap, Corbin Hoffman, Ryan Hooley, Emi Kawakami and Hoku Pagan.


Introducing WMS ’Immortal Viruses’ & ‘Hypnobots’

Robotics Club To Enter First Lego League 2011 West Hawai'i Tournament

It promises to be a fascinating blending of high tech robotics and the story of transporting food safely as our WMS Robotics Club students join students from six other West Hawai’i schools this Sat., Oct. 29, in First Lego League’s 2011 West Hawai’i Tournament, themed “Food Factor.” 

WMS is entering two teams this year and their “mission” (aka  assignment) includes taking bacteria to a sink, harvesting corn, transporting groceries, setting a cooking timer and more! 

In preparation, students have been working on a research          project.  One team – the "Immortal Viruses"   selected poi,  and the other team – the "Hypnobots" -- chose fish. So they have been researching these particular food's journey from it's beginning to when it ends up on the table.

Members of the “Immortal Viruses” (Waimea Paniolo #8870)            include Matthew Bal, Anthony Beetem, Cleo Castillo, Iryne Dela Cruz, Simon Dunlap, Corbin Hoffman, Ryan Hooley, Emi Kawakami and Hoku Pagan.

Members of the “Hypnobots” (Waimea#4009) include Roland Afaga, Quiana Anastacio, Chavis Arafiles, Kaylee Dupont-Kauwe, Jack Lunchick-Seymour, Antolini Miche, Joshua Salazar and Drew Vera Cruz. 

The competition will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Kahakai Elementary Cafeteria – everyone is invited to come support our students!  A food concession will be available. 

Good luck to our student-scientists!

For more about the tournament challenge, go to

School-Community Asked To Support Robotics:

HI5 Recycling Benefits Environment & Robotics

Please continue to help our island environment and our WMS Robotics Team by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling!  The  Robotics Team earned almost $54 just since the start of this  school year by collecting empty HI5 containers that were deposited in the green collection baskets around campus and donated by families and community friends.  Robotics Team members are continuing this and welcome your help. 

-- Mahalo from the WMS Robotics Team & Advisors — Hoku, Kaylee, Emi, Drew, Matt, Josh, Antolini, Luke, Quiana, Cleo, Jack, Anthony, Corbin, Simon, Rolan, Chavis, Cody, Ryan, Ms. Murphy & Ms. Gusman.

2015-16 SY 

A Great Weekend for WMS Students! 

WMS NA PANIOLO #2 ROBOTICS TEAM – They made us proud Saturday at the 11th Annual Statewide FIRST Lego League Robotics Championships in Honolulu December 12, 2015 – competing with 41 other teams!  Mahalo students and teacher-advisors Miss Murphy, Ms. Bowman and Miss Gusman.  

Also to Tanya for help with coordinating logistics and 

payments, and especially to the 21st Century Community 

Learning Center grant, Friends of the Future, 

The Neilan Foundation and other private funders for 

supporting our Robotics program. 

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WMS Robotics teams competed in the First LEGO League District Finals in November 2015 - earning an invitation for one of our teams to the State Championships!  

2012-'13 SY