Monday, September 8, 2008

Nanakuli Robotics Club receives $10K donation

Photo (from left-right): Kalei Kahapea, Robotics mentor; Joe Whelan, general manager of Waste Management of Hawaii; Russell Nanod, community affairs manager of Waste Management of Hawaii; Rick Enright, Robotics advisor; Representative Karen Awana; Principal Darin Pilialoha, NIHS; Markus Owens, public information officer, Environmental Services, City & County of Honolulu; and students from the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School's Robotics Club holding signs.

Representative Karen Awana joined Waste Management of Hawaii in presenting a $10,000 gift to the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Robotics Club this morning.

Rep. Awana has been actively seeking support for this new program, which joined its first regional competition last year making it up to the semi-finals. The cost of competing in regional robotics events isn't chump change. Registering for a competition can set a school back $2,000 and the cost of robotic kits can range from $2,000-$3,000.

The donated funds will help the Nanakuli Robotics Club pay for various competition costs throughout the year on its quest to competing in next year's national competition in Atlanta.
Photo provided by Maria Quidez.

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