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On October 6th, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) came to Waialua High and Intermediate school to learn about the robotics program. The team members showed them around the facilities. They started off at the VEX room, where students work on their robots. Mr. Lee, team 359’s robotics lead coordinator, talked about how he budgets money and writes grants. The high school team, 359A, drove the robot around on the field. They demonstrated this year’s robot and all of its capabilities. Next, The Hawaiian Kids brought the visitors to the FRC building. Eyes widened as they saw each robot that was made. Some of the different designs were on display, including last year’s from Stronghold. 359’s different FIRST robotics mentors talked about their job on the team and their experiences. Mrs. Pescaia, the documentation mentor, talked about how all parts of the program are important, like documentation. “We have so many different parts that make up our program, so each kid will find their niche.” she said. “Everyone will be able to find something that will benefit them if they chose a job in S.T.E.M.” Finally, they were brought to see the new VEX IQ robot. This level of robotics starts the students off in the right path. Since Waialua is a high school and Intermediate grades 7th and 8th, they can learning earlier. By the time they join the VEX team, they understand more. 359 hopes to get new people interested in joining robotics!

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