Brushbot THINKFEST – September 9th, 2016

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Event Date: September 9th, 2016 (5:45-7:50 pm)

Presented by: Art Kimura (Program Director), Rene Kimura (Education Specialist), Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Gayle Kamei, Alec Richardson, Jon Kitagawa, Waiakea Intermediate School PRIME team, Waiakea Intermediate Robotics

How science really works! Curiosity + Joy + Dreams + Thrills + Wonder + Interest + Surprise + Creativity = Discovery….and it’s Fun!!


About the ThinkFEST

We are all scientists! Children and scientists have much in common. Naturally inquisitive young children ask endless questions…they may spend half an hour watching a bug crawl on the floor, experiment by pouring water into soil or mixing different colors of paints or add blocks to a tower until it falls. They draw conclusions about the way things work…they learn from and share information with others.

In the spirit of the explorers and innovators, Future Flight Hawaii is offering an opportunity for you to participate in hands-on science activities at Waiakea Intermediate School! At the thinkFEST you will design and construct your own brushbot (made from a toothbrush and a mini vibrating motor) and compete in two tournaments…speed racing and jousting.

Several science demonstrations will also be provided along with an overview of opportunities provided by NASA for future scientists and engineers.

  • What is a robot and what robotics programs are available in Hawaii
  • What science concepts are applied in these simple robots….center of gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, science inquiry
  • How do you design your brushbot to go…straight for speed, with enough force to win the jousting matches


5:45-6:15 p.m.: registration and begin experiments
6:15-7:40 p.m.: overview of robotics, demonstrations and construct BrushBot, compete in tournament
7:40-7:50 p.m.: closing demonstrations and hand out diffraction lens


Participant eligibility: students in grades 6-8, each student must be accompanied by a parent.
Note: We ask that younger siblings not be brought to the program.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. 

A confirmation will be sent to those registered.  A waiting list will be established if the 60 maximum is exceeded.  If you are confirmed and are not able to attend, please contact the school so someone from the wait list can be registered/confirmed.


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Return form to Gayle Kamei at the WIS Office.