Kualapuu Elementary Schools Robotics Team competed at the 2018 Hawai`i State VEX IQ Championship on January 14 and took home the championship.
Three teams from the school competed, Team 1037A which had teammates Felix Kehano, Matthew McGuire, and Kamau Pali, Team 1037B with teammates Alice Alvarez and Chevy Bush, and Team 1037C that included teammates Shazen Bush and Anthony Naia Starkey.
All three teams had strong performances in the qualification rounds – landing them all in the finals which consisted of the top 18 scorers.
The finals were nail-bitingly close, as 2nd through 5th place all scored within one point of each other. Team 1037A along with their partners from Kea`au placed 8th with a score of 153 points and 1037B with their partners from Manoa placed 4th with a score of 198 points.
Finally, 1037C with another team from Manoa won the Tournament State Championship with a score of 206 points qualifying them for the World Championship.
Team 1037B also took home the “Think” Award which is given to a team with effective programming, with a current season high score of 106 points which is 4th in the State.
With a skills score of 252 points, 1037B took 2nd in the state and also qualified for Worlds. Skills scores are done with a single robot, unlike tournament scores that are done with two robots working in unison.
Dow AgroSciences, Kamehameha Schools (Maka Cobb-Adams and Andrew Samson), Molokai Island Foundation (Barbara Haliniak) and the Molokai VEX IQ League all sponsored the teams to get to the state championship.
The teams are currently fundraising for travel to Worlds with a goal of $16,000.