Waiʻanae schools competed in the First LegoLeague Robotics Tournament on November 12. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Student Equity Excellence and Diversity’s Waiʻanae Program for Afterschool Literacy Support hosted the event.
Leihoku Elementary emerged as the district champs and will represent Waiʻanae in the Hawaiʻi state championship. Waiʻanae Elementary came in second place and also earned a spot at state.
This is the first year the UH Mānoa after school program has teamed with First LegoLeague. Competition is open to students age 9–14 and is designed to get students excited about science and technology.
Waiʻanae Program for Afterschool Literacy Support
PALS engages students in project-based learning grounded in issues relevant to their community. It operates in elementary schools along the Waiʻanae Coast. 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.