Molokai Mahina 2.0
We are a team of 4 students from the tiny island of Molokai in Hawaii. There are only 7000 people on our island which has no Walmart, McDonalds or even street lights! There are no buildings taller than a palm tree and we have limited resources so we look for opportunites such as the MoonBots Challenge as a way to expand our knowledge and challenge ourselves. We had the opportunity to try First Lego League on our island two years ago and have been interested in Robotics ever since! Within the past three years, S.T.E.M. education has really grown on our island. Through a 21st Century Grant program and Maui Economic Development Board: Women in Technology grant we went from having no STEM classes to being able to offer CAD, JR. FLL, FLL, MoonBots and VEX Robotics, Bridge design, space exploration classes and even a new solar powered greenhouse. This is Molokai Mahina's second year participating in the Google Lunar X Prize MoonBots challenge! We have two veteran participants and two rookies! Participating in last years challenge helped us to prepare for this years challenge because we could use our previous experiences and what we learned from other teams to improve ourselves. When we didnt advance to phase 2 last year, we still continued on with our class and attempted to build our own challenge course, which we hope has better prepared us for this year. We are enthusiastic about the opportunities this competition offers us regarding lunar exploration and the variety of ways we can utilize our mahina and beyond. (Mahina is the Hawaiian word for moon!)We wish all of the competing teams the best of luck!