Okinawa’s teams score awards at national robot tournament
The “WRO Japan 2017 Tournament” finals were held in Tokyo Sunday. The tournament is a national contest for elementary school students in robotics, the winner of which then enter the international world championship contest as representatives of Japan.
A three-member team “Amicus R2.S” of Okinawa Amicus International Elementary School won the championship in the regular category mid-level. The members of the team are Raito Yamada, aged 10 and in the 5th grade, 9-year-old Shuto Yara, who’s in the 4th grade, and Reiya Yamada, also 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. Their robot turned corners and transported blocks, receiving perfect 100 points in the contest. After winning, the team members stated, “We thought it is a dream. We were able to build the best team to work together.”
In the expert section on a more difficult level, the team “Step By Step”, which consists of Hajime Urasoe, aged 11 and is in the 5th grade at Heishin Elementary School in Ishigaki City, Kanan Kina, aged 11 and in the 5th grade, and Subaru Urasoe, 7, in the 2nd grade, received a special recognition award. The champion team in the expert section will take part in the world tournament.
“Amicus R2.S” and “Step By Step” teams are the first student robotics teams from Okinawa to win awards in a national contest.