By Hawaiian Electric:
Eight middle school and 11 elementary school robotics teams qualified for the 2019 VEX World Championships during Hawaiian Electric Companies’ HawaiÊ»i State VEX IQ Championships. The VEX Worlds will be held April 24 – May 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, featuring top-ranked robotics teams from 45 countries.
In a field of 40 teams per championship,the 19 HawaiÊ»i middle and elementary school robotics teams qualified for the VEX Worlds through winning the following awards:
Middle School VEX IQat St. Louis School, Feb. 23
Excellence Award – Waialua Intermediate (Hawaiian Kids Team 359A)
Teamwork Champions– Cornerstone Engineering Robotics (Mililani Masters Team11173B)
Lokelani Middle School (Kolohe Kids Team 5777K)
Teamwork Champions 2nd Place – St. Louis School (The Crusaders Team 4270A)and Hawaii
Technology Academy(Triton Team 1234B) of Waipahu
Robot Skills Champion – Mendija Robotics Academy (Mendija Robotics Team 81218A) from
Design Award – Island Pacific Academy (Navigator Robotics Team 4442A)
St. Louis School also earned the STEM Research Project Award, qualifying twice for the world championship. Due to the overlap, a second team from Waialua Intermediate was able to qualify for the VEX Worlds through its skills ranking. For a full list of award recipients,pleasevisit https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-18-6611.html.
Elementary School VEX IQat Sacred Hearts Academy, March 2
Excellence Award– MÄnoa Elementary (Green Tigers Team 10142Y)
Teamwork Champions – BSA Aloha Council Troop 32 (Son of Daimos Team 3200S) of
Waipahu, and MÄnoa Elementary (Green Tigers Team 10142X)
Teamwork Champions 2nd Place – HaleÊ»iwa Elementary (Cane Fire Team 96712B) and
KualapuÊ»u School (KualupuÊ»u Comets Team 1037C) of MolokaÊ»i
Teamwork Champions 3rd Place – MÄnoa Elementary (Green Tigers Team 10142A) and
Sacred Hearts Academy (Lancer Robotics Team 2436C)
Robot Skills Champion – Sacred Hearts Academy (Lancer Robotics Team 2436A)
Design Award – Sacred Hearts Academy (Lancer Robotics Team 2436B)
Amaze Award – Kaunakakai School (MolokaÊ»i Masters Team 11516D)
STEM Research Project Award – Mililani Mauka Elementary (Eagle Teks Team 241E)
For a full list ofElementary SchoolVEX IQ award recipients, please visit: https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-18-6412.html.
The 19 teams will join 5 middle and high school VEX VRC teams that won World Championship qualifiying slots during the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ HawaiÊ»i State VEX VRC Championship in January.
Since 2013, the Hawaiian Electric Companies have sponsored the VEX State Championships. Today, there are 270 IQ teams and 92 VEX teams across the state, with about 1500 students participating in more than 70 robotics events throughout the year. Globally, there are 24,000 teams in 57 countries participating in student robotics.
- Far left to right: Hawaiian Electric’s Rae Inn with MÄnoa Elementary (in black)and BSA Aloha Council Troop 32 of Waipahu (in red). The two roboticsteams earned the title of Teamwork Champions at the Hawaiian Electric Companies’HawaiÊ»i State VEX IQ Elementary School Championship held March 2. A total of 19 teams qualified for the 2019 VEX World Championships during two consecutive weekends of robotics competitions. Photo credit: Art Kimura, HawaiÊ»i Space Grant Consortium
- Far right: Hawaiian Electric’s Rae Inn with Aiea-based Gus Webling Elementary School’s Na Pueo robotics team which earned the Judges Award at the Hawaiian Electric Companies’HawaiÊ»i State VEX IQ Elementary School Championship held March 2. The Judges Award is presented to a team that the judges decide is deserving of special recognition. While not a World-qualifying award, consideration for the Judges Award include exemplary effort and perseverance at the event and/or team accomplishments throughout the season that may not fall under existing award categories.Photo credit: Art Kimura, HawaiÊ»i Space Grant Consortium