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Twelve students from Hawaii are traveling to New Hampshire to participate at Robotics Camp. PALS is raising money to provided meals.

Three Wai’anae Coast elementary schools, in collaboration with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, are preparing to send twelve students to a week-long summer robotics camp at the LegoLeague national headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, beginning on July 9. The camp will teach the students about robot construction, programming strategies and teamwork.
Students from Waianae Elementary, Kamaile Academy and Nanaikapono Elementary got their first taste of robotics as a result of their participation in PALS (Program for Afterschool Literacy Support). PALS, a unit under the office of Student Equity Excellence and Diversity (SEED) at UH Mānoa, has been operating in elementary schools along the Wai’anae Coast since 2007. PALS is an afterschool program that engages students in project-based learning that is grounded in issues relevant to their community. The program’s project objectives also include providing training on place-based curriculum, improving teaching skills for participating tutors, and fostering strong school and community partnerships.
PALS coordinated the first Wai’anae District Robotics tournament in November 2011, which resulted in three Wa’ianae Coast teams going on to compete at the state level. Students were awe struck by the first-time opportunity and the excitement has not dissipated. At Nanaikapono, two robotics tables are a permanent fixture on the cafeteria stage so students can practice throughout the day. “I'm so glad we have this wonderful opportunity to have robotics at Nanaikapono. All of the elements involved - science, hands-on construction, problem solving, technology - speak to the inherent skills and interests of our students,” noted the Nanaikapono principal.
The cost of attending the summer camp is $2,400 per person. PALS is required to raise most of the funds in order to send the deserving students and teachers to the summer camp.
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