Hawaii high school robotics team garners rookie award

Hawaii high school robotics team garners rookie award
(Image: Molokai High School Robotics/Facebook)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii high school has been recognized with an award in its first appearance at an international robotics competition.

The Maui News reported Monday that the Molokai High School robotics team won the Hopper-Turing Division Rookie Inspiration Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship in Houston from Wednesday to Saturday.

Molokai’s “Team 7724” did not plan on attending the event but received unexpected financial support from the community and a fellow robotics team at Iolani School in Honolulu.

Iolani School donated a $5,000 NASA grant earned at the Hawaii regional competition and started a GoFundMe page for Molokai that raised $13,075.

The FIRST championship website says that its two competitions this month are expected to draw 70,000 international participants with 1,300 robots.

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