The Ministry of Education data shows that Māori students underachieve in core science subjects.

But an innovative initiative called RoboPā is targeting Māori students and aims to address that deficiency.    

For the next two days, Auckland-based kura kaupapa students will work together to create robots. 

Organiser Thomas Mitai says it's preparing them for the inter kura regional 'RoboPā' competition. 

"Koinei te wā tuatahi kua kite ēnei tamariki i tēnei wero, ko ā rātou mahi ko te hanga mai i tētahi karetao hei whakatutuki i te wero hou."

Last year the RoboPā kaupapa was exclusive to six schools in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. 

It has now expanded and launched in schools in Northland, Auckland and East Coast.

Mitai also says the kaupapa helps to open the minds of students to more career pathways to follow.

"Hei whakatō i te kākano o ēnei mahi, ki reira ka puare ka huakina ngā tatau ki ēnei tamariki o te ao matihiko, o te ao hangarau."

The workshop ends today. 

There are hopes that it will be successful in achieving the goals it set to achieve. 

The Tāmaki RoboPā regionals contest is set to take place at Kia Aroha College next month.

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