2017 Pan Pacific VEX championships scheduled Nov. 4-5

Robotics teams from Hawaiʻi, California and China to compete

The 2017 Pan Pacific VEX Robotics Championships will be held Nov. 4-5, 2017 at the Campus Center Ballroom, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with more than 80 teams from Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, California, and China competing for qualification slots at the 2018 VEX Worlds. The event is sponsored by the Hawaiian Electric Companies and Okinawa Enetech with the support of the Engineers Council – University of Hawaiʻi. The event is free to the public.

Organizers will run the VEX IQ and VEX EDR competitions concurrently on separate fields. Elementary and middle school participants in the VEX IQ challenge will play the current year game, Ringmaster, which involves moving colored rings across the playing field to score points. Middle and high school participants in the VEX EDR challenge, In the Zone, will compete in two-team alliances to score points by stacking cones and parking robots. The matches consist of autonomous and driver-controlled play to achieve the scores.

Opening ceremonies for the Pan Pacific VEX games begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 with the first qualification matches starting at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. for the VEX IQ competition and 2:30 p.m. for the VEX EDR competition. For further details on the Pan Pacific VEX, visit www.robotevents.com.



Photo by Travis Nishida

2016 Pan Pacific VEX VRC Excellence winners from Pearl City High

School are pictured with Hawaiian Electric Company President and CEO

Alan Oshima (far left) and Hawai Governor David Ige (far right) who is

also a proud graduate of Pearl City High School’s class of 1975.