HI-SEARCh Competition


With support from a major heavy equipment manufacturer, Hawaii Science & Technology Museum and the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), PISCES is planning a world-class robotics competition for university students on the Big Island of Hawaii. The event, called the Hawaii International Space Exploration And Robotics Challenge (HI-SEARCh), will bring college robotics teams from around the world to compete in lunar-like volcanic landscapes.

Inspired by NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition held annually at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, HI-SEARCh is intended to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and interest among youth while highlighting Hawaii’s continuing role in exploration and discovery. HI-SEARCh will be open to international teams and take the competition arena outdoors to an isolated, rugged volcanic landscape similar to the surface of the Moon.


College and university robotics teams from around the world are invited to compete in the first annual HI-SEARCh in Hawaii. The event will follow many of the same rules as NASA’s popular Lunabotics competition. Up to 21 teams will be accepted to compete. If your team is interested, please visit the HI-SEARCh website for more information. 

  • Dates: TBA (2021)
  • Location: NELHA’s Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Park in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii


We are currently seeking corporate and nonprofit sponsors who are interested in supporting STEM education and outreach in robotics and space exploration, and increasing the visibility of their organization/brand. Sponsorships can include monetary donations, in-kind support, materials, supplies and equipment, food and beverages, volunteers and/or event infrastructure. For more info, visit www.hisearchrobotics.com/sponsorship