Student teams line up in queue to compete during the First Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the 12th anniversary of the Hawaii FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for high school students, with participants from 33 teams that include teams from Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, China, Japan and Taiwan. The competition revolves around programming the robot to perform tasks that might emerge as part of a space exploration mission. The winning teams will go on to the FRC World Championships in Houston or Detroit.
The Maui News reported Monday that Molokai High School’s robotics team won the Hopper-Turing Division Rookie Inspiration Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship in Houston from Wednesday to Saturday. Molokai’s “Team 7724” did not plan on attending the event, but ‘Iolani School donated a $5,000 NASA grant earned at the Hawaii regional competition and started a GoFundMe page for Molokai that raised $13,075.
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