Joaquin to head up Robotics Club


Photo by Kainoa Deguilmo

Zack Fasi signs up for Robotics Club at Club Sign-Up Day held in Keeaumokupapaiaheahe on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The event was moved indoors due to bad weather associated with Hurricane Jimena.

By Kainoa Deguilmo, sports editor

Brennan Joaquin started his first robotics club today for his senior project. Over twenty students signed up.

“Our main purpose is to enhance the knowledge of IT [Information Technology] and robotics,” Joaquin said.

Junior David-John Fernandez was one of the students who signed up.

“I heard it was really fun,” Fernandez said. “It also looks good on your transcript.”

Fernandez participated in robotics previously at ʻĪao Middle School.

“We used to [do] VEX robotics,” he said. “It was a branch of robotics where we built them [robots].”

Fernandez looks forward to competition this year with new teammates.

“I’m excited for this year, especially to see how much robotics [has] changed,” he said.

Joaquin and members of the club are entering the VEX Robotics Competition, “Nothing but Net,” on October 17. In the challenge, competitors must shoot balls into holes using a robot they’ve built. The club will be meeting after school in Mrs. Sone’s room every other Thursday until then.

VEX Robotics is a system for adults and children that gives them first-hand experience with robotics.

Joaquin’s junior paper was about the possibility of producing prosthetic legs through 3-D printing.

“This really relates to robotics,” he said, explaining the connection between his research paper and project.


Joaquin enjoyed the success he had with the number of students that signed up.

“I’m loving this,” he said. “I should’ve made a club before.”