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* This season, The Hawaiian Kids consists of 5 teams: 359A, 359B, 359C & 3590A

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Hawaii State VEX High School Championship

On Saturday, December 12 The Hawaiian Kids traveled down to the VEX State Championship at Pearl City High School. This tournament is Hawaii's last VEX High School Tournament. For this tournament the students were well prepared and ready for a full competition day ahead. Competing for 359 would be teams 359A, 359B, and 359C. All teams started the day off well and ended the day off on a good note.  All teams ended up going on to the playoffs. Although 359A was with the 8th seeded team going up against the powerhouse alliance they knew that their was still a chance to win. Sadly after two hard fought and extremely close matches the first seeded team moved on and 359A was knocked off they State Champion Title. Luckily the two other 359 teams were able to move on to the semis but had to challenge each other. After 3 matches of full on defense and emotion 359B came out victorious. Then Came to the finals where 359B went up against the powerhouse first seed but after 3 matches sadly 359B was knocked out. Although it looked like no 359 team made the World Championship 359A’s robot skill score was high enough to enable them to go. So although 359 didn’t win there were many lessons learned and friendships built this season.

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Central Oahu VEX Tournament

Sacred Hearts was a very pressured tournament. We had only one chance to qualify for the Hawaii VEX State Championship tournament. This tournament was different because only Team 359C was competing. The first day we got there was after school on Friday. We unpacked, went through inspection, and then we headed straight for the practice field. The only way for us to qualify was to get a high enough score in skills to outscore the teams that didn’t qualify for skills. On the practice field, we tested the programming skills and our autonomous.


The second day was tournament day. We had to try super hard because there were some really good teams that could shoot really accurately and consistently. During our qualifying matches we mostly shot the 32 preload balls because our partner could shoot field balls really well. Our robot performed exceptionally well because we only missed a few balls. After the preloads were over we went to shooting the field balls which was not our strong point. We almost went undefeated during our qualifying matches because we ended up losing only one. This put us in 6th place for eliminations. In eliminations, we had picked team 1973A from Mililani and team 1843 from Punahou. We won our quarter-final matches, which put us in the semi-finals which was very tough.Then we made it to the finals! We were up against the undefeated Pearl-City team. Our first finals match we lost but not by much so we thought that we could definitely beat them. We went into the second match nervously. We tested everything and it worked but during the match our shooter stopped working causing us to lose. At the end of the day we came home with two trophies; Tournament Finalist and Think Award. Overall, the tournament went well and we are excited to improve because we made it to states!

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Engineering Council University of Hawaii VEX Tournament

This past weekend on October 24th, 2015, High School teams 359A, 359B and Middle School teams 3590A and 3590B competed at the ECUH VEX Challenge at the UH Manoa Campus. This tournament was exactly one week after the two previous tournaments that 359 attending. So although 359 had a limited time on making adjustments they were ready to compete once again.

Having only one day to compete the teams quickly set-up and prepared themselves for their skills challenges and qualification match play. With some minor setbacks from all teams on their human player loading, all teams were still able to adjust for the incapabilitie. With no obstacles in their way for match play teams began their skills runs. For driving skills team 359A was able to score 227 and 359B scored a solid 80 sadly for programming skills 359A could only score 65. By the end of qualification matches 359A ended up being ranked number one, 359B ranked right below them at 2, 3590A ranked 13 and 3590B at 15 so all in all 359 ranked fairly well this tournament. On 359 A's alliance, 4142A and 394. on the 2nd seeded alliance 359B along with 4142C and 3590B and 3590A was alliances with 2437B, and 2443M. All 359 teams moved carried on to the semi-finals sadly 3590A had to challenge 359A. After 2 hard fought matches 359A's alliance prevailed scoring 305 points in the first match. When the finals came the room was quiet because the two powerhouse alliances were finally gonna duke it out. 359A vs 359B, after 3 extremely exciting matches 359A's alliance prevailed. 359A also won the excellence award. So all in all 359 had a great tournament and brought how 2 more trophies.

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West Oahu VEX Tournament

On October 16 and 17, The Hawaiian Kids went to UH West Oahu to compete in the VEX West Oahu Tournament. Forty teams participated in the competition, with teams 359C, 359D, and 3590A representing the Waialua Robotics program. Friday consisted of robot inspections and preparations, with Saturday being the day of the actual competition. 

The competition on Saturday promptly began with qualification matches, with each team practicing skills and repairing their robots while they weren’t competing. The qualification matches went rather smoothly for the Hawaiian Kids, with all three teams progressing towards eliminations. Team 359C was ranked 22nd with a record of 3­3, 359D was ranked 8th with a record of 5­1, and 3590A was in 34th place with a record of 1­5.

Team 359C was chosen by team 2441, the team ranked eighth and 359D was chosen by 1736, the fifth ranked team, while 3590A was chosen by team 4142, the number one ranked team. While 359C and 359D were phased out after the quarter finals, 3590A made it to the finals, eventually winning the tournament. Although only one of our teams won, this tournament still proved valuable, as all three teams gained crucial tournament experience that will aid them in future competitions.

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Maui VEX Tournament

Team 359 flew across islands to compete at the Maui VEX Tournament at Maui High School. While 359A & B were at Maui, the other 359 teams were competing back home at another VEX Tournament in West Oahu. The team got there on Friday, October 16th and immediately got to work. They first started to set up their equipment in order for them to be organized and ready for the competition the next day. Both teams worked on programming skills so they could rank one and win autonomous. They knew that this was going to be a tough competition because of all of the other hard working teams with their excellent robots, but The Hawaiian Kids never gives up and always perseveres. The team ended their day with a nice hike at Haleakala National Park.

The next day was the actual competitions with qualification matches. Both 359A & B had their game faces on. They were ready to have fun and play some ball with robots. Fortunately both teams were undefeated in all qualification matches with lots of high scores that included 100+ points. In rankings, Team 359A was ranked #1 and Team 359B was right behind them, ranking #2. 359 paired up as an alliance and chose 2443 Blue Thunder as their 3rd alliance partner. The Hawaiian Kids left Maui with the Tournament Champion award, and couldn't forget to stop by for some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!

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North Shore Middle School VEX Tournament

On September 19, The Hawaiian Kids travelled to the Big Island to compete in their first competition of the 2015-2016 VEX season. The competition had 30 teams and included 359B and 359C representing our Waialua Robotics team. On Friday, the teams did their usual inspections, and set up in preparation for Saturday.

With an early start Saturday morning, both teams prepared themselves for their matches, their skills, and their design interviews. With qualification matches at an end, team 359B  was ranked 1 and went undefeated with a record of 8-0, and 359C was ranked 23 with a record of 2-6.

359B chose the number two ranked team, 7312B, from the Leilehua Robotics team, and for their second pick they chose team 1378 from the Hilo Vikings. 359C was chosen by the third ranked team, 7312A, also from Leilehua along with 1973 from the Mililani Robotics team. 359C went into eliminations winning the first match of the quarter finals but unfortunately lost the next two matches eliminating them from the tournament. 359B went through eliminations still undefeated but lost the second match in the finals bringing it to a third match. In the end, our team won the tournament and became the tournament champions at the Big Island VEX tournament. 

 

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Hawaii Island VEX Tournament

On September 19, The Hawaiian Kids travelled to the Big Island to compete in their first competition of the 2015-2016 VEX season. The competition had 30 teams and included 359B and 359C representing our Waialua Robotics team. On Friday, the teams did their usual inspections, and set up in preparation for Saturday.

With an early start Saturday morning, both teams prepared themselves for their matches, their skills, and their design interviews. With qualification matches at an end, team 359B  was ranked 1 and went undefeated with a record of 8-0, and 359C was ranked 23 with a record of 2-6.

359B chose the number two ranked team, 7312B, from the Leilehua Robotics team, and for their second pick they chose team 1378 from the Hilo Vikings. 359C was chosen by the third ranked team, 7312A, also from Leilehua along with 1973 from the Mililani Robotics team. 359C went into eliminations winning the first match of the quarter finals but unfortunately lost the next two matches eliminating them from the tournament. 359B went through eliminations still undefeated but lost the second match in the finals bringing it to a third match. In the end, our team won the tournament and became the tournament champions at the Big Island VEX tournament.

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