DoDEA Okinawa to hold robotics competition

DoDEA Okinawa to hold robotics competition

by Lawrence Torres III
DoDEA Pacific

OKINAWA, Japan — The Department of Defense Education Activity Okinawa District will be holding a robotics competition Friday, Feb. 20 at the Marine Corps Base Camp Foster community center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nine schools including a local team from Nago’s Ozato Junior High School will be participating in the competition which will, “challenge each student to harness problem solving and critical thinking skills using the engineering design process,” said Jon Walden, Kubasaki HS’s architecture, engineering and robotics instructor.

Each team’s independently-built robot will be engaged in various individual challenges with multiple levels. The Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering and Math liaison will be providing judges and the Explosion Ordnance Disposal team will be giving a robotics demonstration during lunch.

Each school can have more than one team and each team will compete against each other.  Prizes for 1st – 3rd place will be presented to the best elementary school teams and middle/high school teams.

If you are interested in covering the school visit, please contact Walden at 645-0993 or

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