Three local teams compete at state robotics championship

| December 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Three teams from Molokai — Forget Me Nots, Gleeks and Pharmers — all participated in the state First Lego League Robotics Championship in Honolulu this past weekend.

Molokai sent three teams to the state’s sixth annual LEGO League Championships at the Neil Blaisdell Center this past weekend.

The theme at this year’s competition was “Body Forward,” in which teams built robot projects that addressed health care issues.

The Kaunakakai Pharmers tackled a serious problem in the area of pharmacy science. Team mom and head of Molokai Drugs, Kimberly Svetin, helped guide the students through a project that will help reduce errors with medical prescriptions.

The Molokai Forget Me Nots, made up of six girls ages 9-12 from Kaunakakai school, joined The Kaunakakai School Pharmers and the Gleeks. The Forget Me Nots, who were added as an alternate team, picked up a second place award for “gracious professionalism.”

Sarah Jenkins of the Molokai “Gleeks” accepts the first place award for “most inspirational” project at the championship. Hanahauoli placed second for “most inspirational” project.

“The hardest part about making it here would be the hours, the time hours you have to commit,” said ‘Awa Yerhot, a Kaunakakai Elementary student, on KHON Channel 2 news.

Overall, Iolani School team called the Ibots took first place in the competition. Second place was the Punabots team from Independent.

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