McKinley High School’s FIRST Robotics Team Brings Home Second Place Victory

McKinley High School’s 2000 FIRST robotics team brought home a stunning second place victory from the 2000 NASA Ames Regional Competition, held March 30-April 1 in San Jose, California. Forty-four teams from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington participated this year. “Kika Mana” Team #368 McKinley members are: Tim Cayetano, Jesse Chong, Matthew Chun, Mark Deblois, Brandon Lau, Melinda Lau, Andrea Lee, Derrick Lee, Chris Orimoto, Elaine Owens, Michael Owens, and Matthew Ying.

The team brought home the silver medal and was honored as the most photogenic robot/team and the team that traveled the farthest. The McKinley High students received expert help and encouragement from advisors: Mr. Milton Lau and Mr. Henry “Hank” Kusunoki and a team of engineers, machinists, and technicians from the Hawaiian Electric Company, Dept. of the Navy-SPAWAR, 3M Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii. Hawaii Space Grant is proud of the team’s accomplishments and proud to be one of their sponsors. [McKinley FIRST robotics team]

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest for high school students. Teaming up with engineers from businesses and universities, students get a hands-on, inside look at the engineering profession. In six intense weeks, students and engineers work together to brainstorm, design, construct and test their “champion robot.” Teams then compete in spirited, no-holds-barred tournaments complete with referees, cheerleaders and time clocks. Partnerships developed between schools, businesses, and universities provide an exchange of resources and talent, highlighting mutual needs, building cooperation, and exposing students to new career choices in engineering, math, and science.
[FIRST Robotics Competition Information]

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