General K-12 Resources

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Why is robotics important?

Robotics technology is a growing industry which creates high-tech jobs in the US.

Robotics technologies are helping to improve healthcare, national defense, homeland security, energy, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, agriculture, education, consumer goods, and many other sectors

Robotics provides an exciting, hands-on way for students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Robotics is a CONCRETE and TANGIBLE way to build and strengthen cognitive development, as well as other academic areas such as mathematics, engineering, communication skills, strategic thinking and goal-oriented thinking.

Learn more about Robotics Programs and Events.

Robotics Programs and Events

Click to view the informational links below.

In Remembrance of Mark Leon

We Remember our friend Mark Leon, a Catalyst for Scholastic Robotics in Hawai'i. HSGC mourns the loss of Mark Leon, after learning of his passing in California.

Botball
https://www.kipr.org/botball/schedule-regions/regions-teams/hawaii

FIRST Robotics

http://www.hawaiifirstrobotics.org/
https://www.firstinspires.org/

Includes FIRST Lego League (Gr. K - 8), and FIRST Robotics Competition (Gr. 9 - 12). The inaugural FIRST Robotics Hawai‘i Regional competition occurred in 2008.

MATE Underwater ROV Competitions
http://www.marinetech.org/regional-contest/

VEX Robotics
http://www.vexrobotics.com/

 

Vex Robotics

The students are given a task. The students build a mechanical robot to achieve defined functionality. These robots are often equipped with sensors to respond to their environments. These sensors include touch, light, temperature, rotation and others. The student then writes a program on their computer and downloads that program to the smaller computer located in the robot. This program determines how the robot will function and how it will react to outside stimuli. Defined tasks might start very simply and could become very complicated.

This program also includes team building. This is a skill that many adults do not have. Young children find that working in a team can be tough. This program requires that children build their team skills - an essential skill for working in the 21st century.

The skills learned via this program can be readily applied and transferable to work in any industry. Parents who have observed children in these environments are amazed at what these kids are experiencing. Perhaps most importantly, it engages kids at all levels, and keeps them engaged in non school hours.

Dreams do come true! This video of Mauka Lani Elementary School’s VEX IQ robotics team captures well the outcomes of participating in scholastic robotics for students; this school was provided with starter kits, game field and programming software via the Labor/IT grant last summer. The video was completed last fall before the State IQ championships; at the championships on February 20, this team new to robotics had the ultimate dream come true: from an underdog placement, they won the elementary tournament teamwork championship along with their partner, another rookie team. They qualified for the World VEX IQ championships in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2017. 

Click to learn more about Mauka Lani Robotics

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Bringing Robotics to All

Even with the growing popularity of robotics programs in schools, relatively few students and teachers have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with robots as tools for teaching and learning. Costs, lack of awareness, lack of training, and perceved complexity can all stand in the way. Also, most robotics programs are run after school for selected students, thus limiting participation even further. Hence, Art and Rene Kimura are helping to bring BrushBots to as many schools as possible and to launch BrushBot Olympics. BrushBots are small robots made from the head of a toothbrush and a micro motor.

Learn more about BrushBots.
BrushBot Resources

For the past couple of years, the Kimuras have been hosting free, evening programs called BrushBot FESTivals in schools across the state. They are extending the BrushBot world to launch BrushBot Olympics. The first global BrushBot Olympics, hosted by Art and Rene Kimura, were organized at the 2011 Japan Super Science Fair in Kyoto, Japan. Held at Ritsumeikan High School (one of Japan's Super Science High Schools) and Ritsumeikan University, the Super Science Fair (a five-day event) attracted 300 participants from 46 schools representing 19 countries. Art and Rene joined three students and four teachers from Waiakea High and five students from Iolani School at the event. BrushBot Olympics are coming to Hawaii‘s public schools. So keep an eye out for them where you live!

General Resources

BrushBot Olympics Background Science and Design/Building Instructions [2-page pdf].

BrushBot Olympics Competition Rules [2-page pdf].

Future Flight Hawai‘i summer program.

Space Explorers BrushBot FESTivals: Family Science Night Flyer [pdf].

 

Videos and Photos

See more BrushBots in action!

BrushBot Olympics Promotional Video, courtesy of Keith Uehara.

Video of the BrushBot Olympics action at Hawaii Baptist Academy, February 12, 2014.

Photo album from the 2011 Children and Youth Day BrushBot Tournament at the Hawai‘i State Capitol, October, 2011.

Photo album from the BrushBot/Letry Teacher Workshop at Moanalua Middle School, February 12, 2011.

Photos and article from the Star-Advertiser's article by Nancy Arcayna, October, 2010.

Video (Quicktime movie) from a BrushBot FESTival Science Night at Kapolei Elementary School, September, 2010.

 

Contact for Additional Information

BrushBot Inquiries: Art Kimura, art@higp.hawaii.edu, for further information on sources of BrushBot kits, how to prepare motors, etc.

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Future Flight Hawaii Group Photo

Future Flight Hawai‘i was an action-packed, space-themed educational program for students in grades 2-5 designed to catalyze interest in science, technology, and the future. The participants experienced a variety of training modules with a mission context. Since 1991, over 9000 student and parent participants voyaged on journeys of exploration to the Moon, Mars, and our own Blue Planet, Earth. Educators and learners of all ages returned to Future Flight programs year after year to share the spirit of adventure. In 2015 we celebrated the 25th anniversary, and last year of Future Flight Hawai‘i with a special program. These are the archives for the Summer Camps.

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Photo of participants at a STEM Festival Night

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