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Damien Memorial School heading to Robotics World Championships

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Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

Attended by thousands of fans, families, educators and industry leaders, the FIRST® Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional awarded several teams with honors that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities. 

Held March 31 and April 1 at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Arena, 36 local, national, and international high school teams, competed for a chance to participate in the World Championships in Houston, Texas on April 19 – 22, 2017. With the hope of winning one of several coveted awards, high school students worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week period that solved a problem using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules

“Each team clearly demonstrated teamwork, professionalism and strategic thinking in solving the competition’s challenges,” said Lenny Klompus, president and chair of Friends of Hawaii Robotics.

Klompus, who has ran the annual robotics event for the past 10 years, said he will take a step back from managing the event, but will remain on the FIRST Regional event planning committee in an advisory role. He will also remain as president and chair of Friends of Hawaii Robotics.

“With the sustained support of the Hawaii robotics ohana – including our dedicated corporate partner Oceanic Time Warner Cable – this robotics competition will continue to grow and inspire students to study math, science and engineering.”

To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

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