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

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China Robotics Competition

The Hawaiian Kids went to Shanghai, China for the third annual CRC competition. Teams from all over China came to be mentored by 15 international FIRST teams from the United States of America, Israel, Canada, Brazil, and Australia. Every international team was assigned a Chinese team to mentor during the workshop. 359 was paired with 9018, Power, and got to work right away. They helped with everything from the bumpers to the wiring. Four days later, 9018’s robot was completed and able shoot well!

Day one consisted of practicing and making sure all of the rookie teams understood the rules. The Hawaiian Kids unpacked their robot, set up their pit and passed out omiyagi. Then came the second and third day where the competition began. Qualifying matches were longer because of the amount of teams participating. 359 came in third, which made them the highest ranked team from the United States. For the final matches they picked Teams 987 and 9030. They made it to the semifinals and tried their best, but unfortunately didn’t make it. The Hawaiian Kids still stayed to cheer on the other competitors and showed great sportsmanship. Two elimination brackets were played: one for all 56 teams competing, and one for just Chinese teams. The Chinese teams had their own finals matches.Waialua’s students learned about Chinese culture and made many friends along the way. The team visited ancient villages, the historic Yellow Mountains, Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall and many other beautiful sites. Thank you to China Urban Youth Robotics Alliance (CUYRA) and Dadalele for giving International teams financial support. Team 359 is looking forward to visiting China again for the next China Robotics Competition!

 

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East Oahu VEX Tournament

eam 359 traveled a long way to Honolulu to compete in the East Oahu VEX Tournament at Sacred Hearts Academy. Both Team 359A our high school team, and Team 3590A our middle school team participated in this event. Waialua Robotics went head to head with multiple teams as they played Starstruck. Team 359A stood out as they performed a perfect high hanging robot. The team had an amazing bentos for lunch which made the whole team pumped for the final matches of the day. Team 359A ranked #4 and created an alliance with Team 1973 and Team 3685 Waianae High School. On the other hand, Team 3590A ranked #5 and also made an alliance with Team 394 and Team 2477Y. After many elimination rounds, Team 3590A left in the Semi-Finals. Team 359A made it to the finals with the #1 alliance. Unfortunately, Team 359A were defeated but still awarded Team Finalists!

 

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2016 Hawaii VEX VRC Pan Pacific Championship

On October 7th through the 9th, Waialua High and Intermediate participated in the Pan Pacific tournament held at Kamehameha Schools. The VEX High School Team 359A, Middle School Team 3590A and VEX IQ Team 359A all attended. Before the competition, they made sure all teams were prepared in every aspect for the competition.The High and Middle School VEX teams played about nine matches on the first day. For the most part, both teams did well in their games and skills challenges. On the other side of the arena, the VEX IQ team 359A competed in 7 matches. They scored very high in both skills challenges and qualification matches they played. After the last match they gave out three awards. One of them was the “Build Award” and it was given to 3590A. At the end of the lengthy day, everyone ended on a strong note.

All teams started the next day off by practicing and getting ready to finish the qualification matches. The Hawaiian Kids’ VEX IQ team ended up with second and paired up with first place, Navigator robotics 44442A. Both VEX teams, 359A and 3590A qualified for quarter finals. Team 359A was aligned with the Mililani high school Trojanbots, and 3590A partnered with Highlands Intermediate Robotics. 3590A didn’t make it to semifinals but team 359A ended up qualifying for the finals match.Unfortunately, neither VEX teams ended up winning first place. Both VEX teams were proud of how they did know what they need to improve on for the next competition. The Hawaiian Kids’ VEX IQ team’s alliance came through to win first place in the finals match. The team was very excited and thankful to win, especially since this was their first ever competition of the season. Overall, the Pan Pacific tournament was a great experience for all the teams, win or lose, the Hawaiian Kids did their best had fun!

 

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2016 Schools of the Future VEX IQ Tournament

On Friday, October 20, we attended the Schools Of The Future tournament (SOTF). The first thing we did at the tournament was attempt programing skills. Our first try at programming skills was fruitful, we achieved a score of 45. Later on, during the tournament between one of our matches we attempted a driver skills but unfortunately we did not do as well as we planned. With perseverance we tried again and succeeded with a score of 55. Our combined skill scores is #1 in the world.Through the tournament we experienced many challenges including creating new routines with many different alliances. Strategizing with our alliances at the SOTF tournament was possibly one of the hardest things to learn. Something that occurred multiple times during the tournament was that the robot would have some complications between matches. To prevent this we had to do a thorough check on the robot before each match. We also observed new ideas from other teams. Something we were able to compare between our team and others, was that we had different designs and ideas involving the robot. Through consistent hard work we were able to obtain these awards think award, teamwork finalist award, robot skills champion award and finally the overall excellence award.

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2016 West Oahu VEX Tournament

On October 21st and 22nd the VEX High School team 359A and Middle School team 3590A attended the West Oahu VEX tournament. Friday was the first day. Teams used their time wisely by preparing for the competition and by inspecting the robot.

Saturday was competition day. All members of both teams worked hard at the competition from start to finish. There were 60 qualification matches. Team 359A ended up in first place and Team 3590A placed 10th. Our high school teams made an alliance with Pearl City High School team 4142B, and The Crusaders team 42700. Team 3590A was in an alliance with Highlands Intermediate Robotics team 394, and Mid Pacific Owls team 2932A. Both of our teams made it to the finals match surpassing everyone in quarter and semi finals. At the finals match both alliances had to play against each other. The High School team took the first place spot. Team 359A won the excellence and overall award. Although the middle school team didn’t get first they were proud of how they did and are ready to improve for our next competition.

 

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2016 TMT East Hawaii VEX Tournament

On November 4th and 5th 3590A VEX middle school team and 359A VEX high school team attended a competition at Waiakea Intermediate School on the big island.

On Friday the 4th we got set up for the competition and got our robots inspected. We did some practice matches and did some last minute changes. Since we had qualification first match we had to make sure everything was ready for the next day.

On Saturday the 5th it was competition day. We arrived early to check over the autonomous program and to make sure everything was working properly. The qualification matches went well staying high up on the leaderboard. Halfway through the matches we were provided with delicious bentos to get us ready for the rest of the day. After the qualification matches our VEX middle school team ended up in second place and 359A ended up in third place. Team 3590A picked 359A as their alliance partner. We did well in the quarter and semi finals as partners making it all the way to the finals match. We came out with a big victory in the first finals match. The second finals match was a very close the whole time, we weren’t sure if we would win, but we won by one point at the end. We were very thankful that we won the competition and that 359A won the excellence award.

 

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Lancer VEX IQ Challenge

On November 12, we participated at the Lancer VEX IQ Challenge held at Sacred Hearts Academy. The first thing we did was practice our skills. Levi has recently switched to Text-BaseC, a different style of programming,  and he was making sure the program was perfect. Our drivers, Rhea and Isaiah were warming up by practicing their driver’s skill. Our first match didn’t go as we hoped because we weren’t able to balance. Our second match was the same. We kept getting scores in the twenties or thirties even though we can usually get 40 or higher. As time passed, Levi and Emma  had to do their STEM presentation. The judges seemed very impressed with the presentation and all the information we had. Meanwhile, our drivers finished a pretty good match. We were jumping around 4th place and 5th place but we knew we could do better.When finals rolled around we were in 3rd place. We were partnered up with a pretty good team and in finals we earned 56 points and ended up in 2nd place. Overall we won 56 points.

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North Shore VEX Middle/High School Tournament

On Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th our team hosted the North shore VEX tournament. We started early on Friday to set up the gym for the competition. We worked hard to make sure we were prepared for teams to come that night. When teams arrive they had their usual robot inspection and prepared for the next morning.

 On Saturday teams started arriving early to start the qualification matches. Our teams made sure everything was good before the qualification matches. Our qualification matches started and we were doing good so far. The qualification matches were stopped for lunch were a variety of delicious food was served. Teams were now ready for the rest of the 50 qualification matches. At the end of the qualification matches team 359A ended in second place and 3590A ended in seventh place. When it was time to pick alliance partners 359A was partnered with team 394 and 273A. Team 3590A made an alliance with 394B and team 7074B. Both teams made it past the quarterfinals but 3590A was taken out at the semi finals. Team 359A was still going strong making it to the finals and became the tournament champions. It was now time for the award ceremony. Team 3590A won the amaze award and team 359A won the design award and robot skills. Our teams did a great job this competition and will keep trying to improve for the next competition. Thank you mentors, volunteers and students for helping us at the competition!

 

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Aloha VEX IQ Qualifier

On December 3, Waialua High and Intermediate School participated in the Aloha VEX IQ Qualifier tournament held at the Mid Pacific Institute in Manoa. Only VEX IQ team 359A participated in this event. We had about 5 matches that day. The first thing we did was attempt our  driver skills. Our first attempt at driver skills was okay, we achieved a score of 52 points but we can score at least 65 points. Later on, during the tournament between one of our matches we attempted a driver skills but unfortunately we did not do as well as we planned. With perseverance we tried again and succeeded with a score of 52. Through the tournament we experienced many challenges including creating new routines with many different alliances. Strategizing with our alliances at the Aloha VEX IQ Qualifier was possibly one of the hardest things to learn. Something that occurred multiple times during the tournament was that the robot would have some complications between matches like the shaft popping out of the motors. To prevent this we had to do a thorough check on the robot before each match. We also observed new ideas from other teams. Something we were able to compare between our team and others, was that we had different designs and ideas involving the robot. Through consistent hard work we were able to obtain robot skills champion award. Win or lose, we still had fun!

aio Hawaii VEX IQ Qualifying Tournament

On December 10, Our VEX IQ team 359A participated at the aio Hawaii VEX IQ Qualifying Tournament held at Pearl City High School. We had about 6 matches that day. After running 3 attempts for programming skills we earned 37 points. Later on, during the tournament between one of our matches we attempted a driver skills and we did okay for some of the attempts. On our last attempt we earned 61 points. Through the tournament we experienced many challenges including creating new routines with many different alliances. Strategizing with our alliances at the aio Hawaii VEX IQ Qualifier was very important. We also observed new ideas from other teams. Something we were able to compare between our team and others, was that we had different designs and ideas involving the robot. For finals we were partnered up with Team 59 H.S. Robotics. It was very difficult to strategize with them because we all had different ways to  score so we had to come up with multiple routines and when it came to the finals match we earned 66 points. Through consistent hard work we were able to earn the robot skills, teamwork champions, and last but not least excellence award.

 

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State of Hawaii REACH - North Shore VEX IQ Tournament

On December 17, we attended the tournament held at our school. We had about 6 matches that day. After running 3 attempts for programming skills we earned 48 points. Later on, during the tournament between one of our matches we attempted a driver skills and we did okay for some of the attempts. On our last attempt we earned 59 points. Through the tournament we experienced many challenges including creating new routines with many different alliances. We learned that strategizing with our alliances was very important. We also observed new ideas from other teams so that we could develop another robot for states. Something we were able to compare between our team and others, was that we had different designs and ideas involving the robot. For finals we were partnered up with Team 2437B Lancer Robotics. It was very difficult to strategize with them because we all had different ways to  score so we had to come up with multiple routines and when it came to the finals match we earned 63 points. Through consistent hard work we were able to earn the Teamwork Finalist Award and Excellence Award.

2017 Hawaii State High School VEX Championship

On January 4th and 5th of 2017, the Hawaiian Kids began their first competition of the new year. The team traveled and hopped off to another island called Hilo. The event was hosted at Keaau High School.Teams were competing for their chance at VEX Worlds in Louisville, Kentucky. On the first day, Team 359A set up their tables with their banners and robot. It was tough to compete with so many Hawaii teams that have grown to be successful groups but managed and pursued throughout the whole competition. With some ups and downs throughout the qualifcation rounds, Team 359A ranked #4 with 5 wins and 1 loss. They were then paired up with Team 3880A Kealkehe Tiki Techs and Team 42700 The Crusaders but lost in the Finals round. They were so close! But Team 359A was gladly awarded the Excellence Award which allowed Team 359A to go to VEX Worlds! They can't wait to travel to Louisville, Kentucky in a few months!

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2017 Hawaii State Middle School VEX Championship

 

On Saturday January 7th team 3590A, our VEX middle school team, competed at Stevenson middle school for states. We started the day off making sure everything was working for our qualification matches. All of our team was working hard to make sure that we did our best since this would possibly be our last competition. We did well and ended up in third place after the qualification matches, and we picked team 394B as our alliance partner. We did pretty good making it past the quarterfinals and then the semifinals. We made it to the finals match and unfortunately lost. We played two out of three matches but we lost connection multiple times and fell over. We definitely tried our best but we couldn’t beat our opponent. When it was time for awards we won the innovate award, tournament finalist, and we were runner up for skills. Although we didn’t win excellence, we left the competition proud of how we did even though our season is now over until next year.

 


 

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