Every year Kealakehe Robotics holds a FLL (First Lego League) competition in the Kealakehe High School gym for 1st-8th graders Island wide. First Lego League is an international robotics program used to interest children in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For many of these students this is their only chance to come out and unveil their robots and projects and compete with other teams, so this event means so much to them.
To make sure the students succeed in their challenges the robotics team holds a FLL scrimmage so the students can practice and hone their skills. The students got project interviews, tours of the robotics room, and they got to test drive their robots.
Many Kealakehe Robotics members participated in putting on this scrimmage. “I really enjoied helping the kids succeed; I know that my input on their projects will really help them do well in the actual FLL event on November 14th” said Media Team member Lily Gannone. Putting on outreach events really teaches the team members the importance of giving back to the community.
To make it even more fun for the students, the team dressed up in costumes. They hoped that this would make more of the children realize high school robotics is fun and that they should pursue it later in life.
The kids got many helpful critiques from experienced high school robotics students that will help them not only in the upcoming FLL event but also for any future competition or presentation.