May 5, 2016

The Ke Alahele Education Fund of Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) supported Baldwin High School’s Robotics Team to compete at this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition, an international high school robotics contest. Baldwin Robotics was established to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) subjects. The program provides hands-on educational experiences and life-long skills in problem solving, teamwork and leadership. “Our students learn to use equipment, tools and machines to build mechanical, electrical, and software systems,” said Gary Suter, career and technical education teacher at Baldwin High School and head advisor for Baldwin Robotics.  “They also learn to use real-world STEM applications by researching, collaborating, designing, building, testing and evaluating robots for FIRST Robotics Competitions and VEX Tournaments.”
On April 1 – 2, Baldwin Robotics participated in the 2016 FIRST Hawaii Regional Competition in Honolulu, alongside 38 teams from around the world. During the competition, Baldwin Robotics, seeded third, formed an alliance with teams from Iolani High School and Kapolei High School. These three teams rallied together to take the crown, and will be participating in the 2016 FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, April 27-30.
“All parts of the team were really firing on all cylinders,” said Baldwin senior Dylan Copley. “We wouldn’t have been able to win without the hard work and dedication of the drivers, builders and scouts.”  This is Baldwin Robotics’ ninth year in FIRST Robotics and their third win in the past five years. “As a senior, it’s been great to see the team grow and achieve what we have this past season,” said scout Iris Lei Sanchez. “I thought it was cool to see our sketches come to life,” said senior and builder Sabrina Nassar.
“Everyone contributed to the robot in their own way.” Mentor Suter said, “In my eight years of coaching robotics, I’ve never come across a better team that exhibited more passion and teamwork. I feel honored to have been able to work with these students. They are a testimony to their STEM educational programs made available through MEDB and community s sponsorship.”