Hanalei Pixel Bots tops at FLL tour­na­ment

3 Kauai teams qual­ify for Oahu com­pe­ti­tion

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing - Den­nis Fu­ji­moto

PUHI — The Kala­heo PRIDE, the First Lego League ro­bot­ics team from Kala­heo School, had never had a team prior to the Kauai First LL tour­na­ment Satur­day at the Wilcox Gym­na­sium on the Is­land School cam­pus.

“This is the first time they’re en­ter­ing the tour­na­ment,” said Tae­gan Keep, one of the an­nounc­ers at the tour­na­ment. “This is the first time they’ve had a team. My brother is on the team, and they’re go­ing to Honolulu!”

The Kala­heo PRIDE, earn­ing top hon­ors in the Core phase of the First Lego League Hy­dro Dy­nam­ics chal­lenge, was one of three teams be­ing an­nounced as qual­i­fy­ing to ad­vance to the state fi­nals, which will take place Dec. 2 at the Neal Blais­dell Cen­ter on Oahu.

FLL is lim­ited to el­e­men­tary-school stu­dents on Kauai, and dur­ing the Hy- dro Dy­nam­ics chal­lenge eight teams rep­re­sent­ing schools from Hanalei to Waimea Canyon Mid­dle School worked to learn all about wa­ter — how to find, trans­port, use, or dis­pose of it.

“I didn’t even know they had com­pe­ti­tions like this,”

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