MEDIA ADVISORY: UH Mānoa Hosts 12th Annual High School FIRST Robotics Competition

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Brent Suyama, (808) 956-8856
UH Spokesman, UH Communications
Michael Collat, (808) 341-4695
Hawaiʻi FRC Regional Director
Posted: Mar 27, 2019

WHAT:     The 12th anniversary of the Hawaiʻi FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for high school students.

WHO:       High school students from 33 teams that include teams from Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, China, Japan and Taiwan.

WHEN:     March 29–30, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

WHERE:   Stan Sheriff Center, UH Mānoa  

FRC is the varsity sport for the mind! It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Professional mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team. Hundreds of students and supporters are expected to attend the top high school robotics event.

This year’s theme is Space! Join our expedition as we travel to the outer limits of the universe in DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE. The competition will revolve around programming the robot to perform tasks that might emerge as part of a space exploration mission. See more about this year’s rules of play at

More information:
The winning teams will go on to the FRC World Championships next month in Houston or Detroit.