Hawai‘i Robofest is a volunteer organization supported by the national Robofest program at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan, and local community partners.
Since 2000, founder Dr. CJ Chung (math professor, LTU) has organized teams from all over the United States, Canada, Korea and China. In 2005, HI FusionED became the official site host for Hawai‘i Robofest which has since evolved into the largest Robofest regional worldwide.
Hawai‘i Robofest provides a variety of participatory options: non-competitive and competitive exhibition categories and competitive game activities (5th-12th graders eligible; younger students require age waiver approval; competition also available for post-secondary and professional divisions upon demand). Robofest is a great gateway for schools and organizations to enter into scholastic robotics because of its low barrier to entry and relaxing, fun format. It is also the only robotics program that welcomes all robotics platforms (e.g., LEGO NXT, Vex, iRobot) and is seasonally compatible with the Hawai‘i FIRST LEGO® League program.
Team coaches are typically dedicated school volunteers and/or proactive educators. Here is what they had to say about their experiences with the Hawai‘i Robofest program:
- “It’s the whole idea that kids can make a difference for our world and tomorrow.”
- “I love the open venue where the student teams and public interact!”
- “It’s much more relaxing than (another) robotics program…kids have an equally good time throughout the learning process and at the event, too!”
- “There are many categories to choose from so students can find (one) that suits them best.”
If you would like to know more about Hawai‘i Robofest or if you would like to volunteer or be a sponsor, please contact us at info[at]hifusioned.org or call us at (808) 988-1931. Mahalo!