By Michaela Sy, Edited by Keiko Nakanishi
On April 7, 2018, we hosted the annual 2018 Robofest for the third year in a row. During this event, elementary and middle school teams from across the island gathered at Pearl City High School to participate in one or more of the events that were provided to them from the beginning of the season. These events include the Exhibition, Parade, Game, and BottleSumo.
During the event, we ran concession, but at lunch time, we put on a demonstration of our FRC robot. Many of the elementary and middle school students were extremely interested evident from the load of questions they asked. They asked questions about programming, building, and even driving. Everyone was able to see how excited the students were to see such a big robot, made by high schoolers, move at such a fast speed.
While presenting, Justine (who was our speaker) spoke a lot about our program as a whole. We explained how we want to spread the word about STEM and also have the many students pursue robotics until they grow up to become high school students, where they can then join Charger Robotics.
Keiko, Evan, and I walked around the exhibition area to see all of the projects the students were presenting. It was amazing to see the young students discover problems in our society and find a way to fix it by building a robot. When we asked the students if they would like to join a robotics team in high school (specifically ours), most of them said yes especially after seeing the FRC robot which was as tall as them.
The event was extremely fun and successful even though we were not competing in it. We were able to see young engineers pursue their curiosity which motivates us to stay in the STEM pathway as well.