Join our team


You can easily become a part of what we do. Our operations are year-round, meaning that there will always be something for you to do, no matter who you are. You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge in robotics to join this team. As long as you are a dedicated, enthusiastic individual with a passion for robotics, STEM, and making a difference in the world, you'll do well with us!

Why join? 


  • Meet new people and make lasting friendships through teamwork.

  • Work with real business, industry professionals, and people from around the world.

  • TONS of scholarship opportunities. Being part of this team gives you a huge advantage.

  • Travel the world (We go on 1-2 trips every year, to places including Sydney, Australia!)

  • Gain life-skills critical to success in the future (i.e. leadership, teamwork, public speaking, responsibility, etc.)

  • Prepare for various careers (i.e. engineering, business, management, etc.)

  • Be a part of something bigger!

  • Volunteer opportunities


Who can join?


  • High school students who are dedicated and enthusiastic with a passion for robotics, STEM, and making a difference in the world, and are able to work well with others.

  • You do not need to be a student at Kalani High School to join our team. However, if you do not attend Kalani High School, you must still be able to attend our afterschool meetings and community outreach events regularly.


What is there do on the team?


Robot build:


  • VEX - 18 x 18 x 18 inch robots made with pre-made parts. Multiple competitions take place during first semester.

  • FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) - 18 x 18 x 18 inch robots made with custom parts. Build session is during second semester. Regional tournament takes place in late December. 

  • FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition "the hardest fun") - 5-foot tall, 120 lb robots made with custom fabricated parts. CAD design, welding, and advanced programming are involved. Build session is 6 weeks long, during 3rd quarter. We compete both locally and abroad during late 3rd quarter and early 4th quarter.

    • Design: design robot, plan robot operations, develop custom part drawings in CAD as well as a model of the robot

    • Mechanical: robot fabrication, welding, machining of custom parts

    • Control systems: electrical wiring, programming

    • Drive: operate the robot on the field during competitions


Team administration and outreach


  • Community outreach event coordination - we attend over 30 outreach events yearly

  • Sponsorship and grant writing

  • Fundraising - coming up with new ideas for fundraising, new team merchandise to sell, ways to sustain the team financially, advertising

  • Business and finance management - manage budgets and keep track of our two student-run businesses

  • Public relations - building and maintaining connections with other teams, companies, and supporters, engaging our community

  • Communications - website and social media management, inter-team communication

  • Media - photography and video production, team branding and artwork


Membership Expectations:


  • Regularly attend team meetings and build sessions.

  • Regularly participate in community outreach events.

  • Attend training sessions during the summer:

    • FRC training: 5 to 9 PM, on Wednesdays starting September 11th, 2019. 

    • VEX training: Tuesdays and Thursdays 

  • Those involved in FRC will need to attend many robot build sessions during the 6-week build period (January 2 to February 16). These include nighttime sessions and weekend sessions.

  • Those involved in VEX will need to attend three build sessions per week during the first semester. These sessions will be held after school from 2 to 4 PM.

  • Show dedication, commitment, willingness to learn and work with others, and a positive attitude at all times!

  • Constant failure to meet these expectations will result in warnings or dismissal from the team.


We understand that school is very time-consuming, and that our operations require a significantly greater amount of time and effort than most other high school teams and clubs. Therefore, it is not required that you attend every single event. However, we do ask that you put in your best efforts to comply to these expectations as a member of our team, and contribute and participate as much as you are able to.


So, are you ready to have the time of your life?

Here's how to join:

Step 1: Apply

All applicants will be accepted into the team, but please note that constant failure to meet the above expectations may result in possible dismissal.


Visit our team in room J2 at Kalani High School and speak to our leadership class and express your interest in our team and we'll provide you with the application

If preferred, email us at and we'll help you from there!

Step 2: Submit your $40 club fee

*T-shirt cost included in club fee.


Send payment in cash or check payable to Kalani Robotics Academy to:

Kalani High School

4680 Kalanianaole Hwy.

Honolulu, HI 96821

If preferred, you may deliver it personally to Anne Torige in the library or Bryan Silver in room J2.