Outreach

It’s About Spreading STEAM

Robotics isn’t all about competition. We believe that the true mission of a robotics team is to develop STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) skills in our members, as well as share and promote it throughout our school and community. 

Bringing it to Competition

In 2013, our excellent outreach efforts won us the Engineering Inspiration award at the Hawaii Regional FIRST Robotics competition. This award qualified our team to compete at the FRC Worlds competition in St. Louis. In 2014 and 2015 we received the Judges Award for our continued excellence in our community outreach. We strive to continue our excellent outreach efforts to create a more STEAM friendly community.

Outreach Event Involvement

Camp Eureka – Camp Eureka is our biggest outreach event and fundraiser. It is a week long robotics camp our club hosts every school break. It’s a great way for kids to spend their break and get introduced to science and engineering. Click here for more information.

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Robotics Programs – One of the best ways to encourage STEAM is to create robotics programs within a school. In the 2016 year, HVR began a Hilo Inter Vex IQ team and a Connections Charter School robotics program. Since their starts, we’ve been working with them to prepare for competitions or work on STEAM projects. 

Hawaii Con – In September we participate in Hawaii Con at the Hapuna Prince Hotel. At the event our team gives a brief presentation of our club, followed by a one hour workshop where our members help our audience build their very own VEX IQ robot and play a game with it. In addition to this, our team has booth where we showcase our robots and speak to passing community members about robotics and our club.

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Panaewa Hilo Kid’s Party – Every year we celebrate Halloween by participating in the Hilo Kid’s Party at Panaewa Community Center. At this event, kids can do trick-or-treating inside the large gym and visit several game booths to earn prizes, granting a fun, interactive, and safe environment. HVR participates by manning game booths where kids can drive and interact with our robots. Most recently, we had three separate booths for our Vex IQ, Vex, and FRC robot.

Astro Day – Astro Day is also an educational science day. Presented by the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee, community members can find free family fun, science and cultural resources, community information, and various types of entertainment within Prince Kuhio Plaza.  Similarly, HVR has a booth where young kids can drive robots and talk about our club and robotics in general.

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Onizuka Day – Onizuka day is an educational science event held annually at UH Hilo in January. Students at Onizuka Day can participate in workshops and visit informational booths. HVR is one of the many STEAM groups that come to share their accomplishments with the community. We let community members drive robots and speak about our club’s operations and accomplishments, sharing robotics with students.

If you are aware of an event that we may participate in, or know of an audience who would like to participate in a robotics workshop, please invite us! Contact us at hilovikingrobotics@gmail.com.