Robotics showcase next week on O‘ahu

Hawai‘i elementary, middle and high school students will showcase their technical expertise and innovative talents at the Hawai‘i State Robotics Exhibition from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.

The students, supported by mentors and teachers, will exhibit and demonstrate robots of all shapes and sizes. There will be underwater robots powered by propulsion, robots built from Legos as well as racing robots.

The exhibition will feature up to 30 current robotics teams from Hawai‘i schools, and will give students and educators a chance to learn more about starting or expanding robotics programs in their schools, according to the state. It will also provide business leaders and the community an opportunity to learn how they can support Hawai‘i’s students and ensure they have the skills and knowledge needed to compete successfully and become leaders in the 21st century workplace.

The event will highlight six major student robotics programs: FIRST Robotics, FIRST LEGO League, Botball, Underwater Remote Operating Vehicle, VEX Robotics, and Micro Robotics.

A common denominator among the robotics programs is the use of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education to teach students how to solve real-world problems.

The six robotics programs have formed the Hawai‘i Robotics Organizing Committee.

This is the first time all six are collaborating on robotics education.

“By joining together in their work to ensure the long-term sustainability of these efforts, the future success of our students will be heightened to a new level,” Gov. Linda Lingle said.

Currently, 136 public, private and charter schools statewide are involved with a robotics program.

For more information, visit www.hawaii.gov/gov

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