McDonald’s Hawaii donates over $30K to FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition

Photo Credit: McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii/Communications Pacific.
Photo Credit: McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii/Communications Pacific.

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii presented a check on Saturday for $31,965 to the participating robotics teams at this year’s FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition.

The donation, raised from a statewide robotics fundraiser, will be divided evenly among the 30 competing Hawaii robotics teams, providing $1,065.50 to each team.

“On behalf of all of the robotics teams in this year’s FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition, we would like to thank McDonald’s for its support of Hawaii robotics,” said Corrie Heck, executive director, Friends of Hawaii Robotics. “McDonald’s partnership with Hawaii robotics directly contributes to the growth of our next generation of young leaders.”

During the fundraiser, $1 from every Egg McMuffin sandwich and Egg McMuffin Extra Value Meal sold from March 18 to 24 benefited participating Hawaii robotics teams. Throughout the fundraising period, Hawaii robotics teams showcased their time, talent and effort in creating their robots through in-store demonstrations at their community McDonald’s restaurants.

“We would like to thank the community for joining us for breakfast at McDonald’s and contributing to our local robotics teams,” said Erlinda Rosario, a McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner and operator. “McDonald’s is proud to contribute to the future of Hawaii’s young leaders and we look forward to continuing this statewide sponsorship.”

McDonald’s will also donate $1,000 to each of the Hawaii teams that qualify for the FIRST World Championship competition in St. Louis, Missouri, April 25-27. The qualifying teams will be announced later today at the FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center.

The FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition is a multinational competition that teams professionals with young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense, competitive way. Thirty-eight teams from around the world – 30 from Hawaii and 8 from the U.S. mainland, Australia, China and Taiwan – are competing at the 6th Annual FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition, which ends Saturday afternoon.

This year’s robotics game is called Ultimate Ascent, played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to get as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the roughly two-minute match. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids in the middle of the field.

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