Robotics Team

2017-18 SY

Another Great Weekend for WMS Robotics Students - Nov. 18, 2017:

CONGRATULATIONS to our WMS VEX robotics students Shaelyn Freitas, Minnow Benedict and Princess Allabang who took their robot, named Sahavage Krabby - because the bot uses a claw – to the VEX competition this past Saturday to represent their team.  “They did a terrific job working together and sharing the roles as designer, engineer, driver and recorder,” said Robotics teacher-mentor Nau’i Murphy.  Though they didn’t make the Quarter Finals, they did earn our WMS VEX team the "Future Award,” which recognizes their continued commitment to robotics. WMS also won the "Partner of the Year Award" for our participation as a rookie team and hosting a VEX event.  Mahalo to all – fellow students, families, teachers, staff and community friends – and our robotics funding partner Kamehameha Schools – for supporting our students and the magic of learning to engineer robots!  
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Both WMS First LEGO League robotics teams did really well Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 
coming in 2nd and 3rd overall 
in the District Finals, 
thereby earning an invitation to the State Finals Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 in Honolulu!  

Congratulations to our student "engineers" and to their teacher-mentors! 

Mahalo, too, to our funders who support this 21st century learning!  
Photos taken Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the First LEGO League District Finals -- courtesy of Kasem Nithipatikom.  Go to Facebook to see more pictures of our students in action.

Note:  The VEX robotics competition scheduled for Dec. 2 has been moved to Sat., Nov. 18 at Kohala High.

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

December 3, 2016:


Mahalo nui loa for everyoneʻs support of the Waimea Paniolo II Robotics Team members who traveled to Oʻahu this past weekend (Dec. 2-3) to compete in the State FIRST Lego League Championship. Kaile, Shaelyn, Eito, Minnow, Kayden and Rovi represented our school well demonstrating gracious professionalism, positive engagement, and the ʻike to present to panels of judges and create an autonomous robot while having fun! Though we didnʻt come home with one of the top three spots of the 42 teams that participated, their judging scores showed improvement from the Kealakehe Tournament. They worked hard as a team, encouraging each other even when the robot they named Wooly wasnʻt cooperating:) Weʻll be putting up their "Animal Allies" project poster on a school bulletin board so you can see one component of the competition.

Mahalo also to Hoʻokakoʻo Board Chair Joe Uno for stopping by to meet our team and supplying some much needed mid-competition day energy with lunch. We are also very grateful to have received Kamehameha Schools STEAM grant monies as well as Title 1 funds to support the robotics program and our students who are interested in related fields. Mahalo Pat and Tanya for the financial accounting. Mahalo Mrs. Loo for the yummy travel snack packs. Mahalo to everyone for all the well wishes!

Also - our WMS Robotics students are participating again in the annual Festival of Charity Trees fundraiser at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Please take your ʻohana to view the wonderful trees and vote for our tree. Our Christmas tree theme this year relates to the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, "Animal Allies," with our team building lego animals.

See if you can identify their creative creatures!

Nauʻi, Tisha and Jade
Waimea Middle Paniolo Robotics Advisors

Photos below taken at the District Finals at Kealakehe.

Nov. 14, 2016:

WMS Robotics Paniolo 1 Team Wins District Championship!

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